Since its creation in 2005 prompted by François Tajan and Eric Leroy, the Comic Book department has achieved the title of world leader in the speciality. All aspects of the comic book genre are represented: original strips, illustrations and rare objects.
Collectors are quick to praise the substantive work conducted by Artcurial to help bring forward comic book collecting on the international art market.
Exceptional figures punctuate the sales, with in particular the records obtained for Hergé: 1st page of the Adventures of Tintin, €2.6 M (May 2014); original strip from On a marché sur la Lune, €1.5 M (November 2016). The Sceptre d’Ottokar strip from the Renaud collection, sold €1 M (April 2016), and the collection of 20 drawings for the Carte Neige, which reached €1.5 M (November 2016).
The great classics of Franco-Belgium comics are obviously present: Jean Graton, Michel Vaillant, €40,800 (November 2016); Maurice Tillieux, Gil Jourdan, €39,000 (April 2017); André Franquin, Modeste et Pompon, €30,963 (April 2016); Jean-Claude Mézières, Valérian, €26,650 (April 2017); Yves Chaland, Bob Fish, €24,244 (November 2016); Jacques Tardi, Nestor Burma, €23,606 (April 2016).
Artcurial has also set world records for several authors: Hugo Pratt, Corto Maltese - Les Éthiopiques, €391,800 (November 2014); André Franquin, Gaston Lagaffe cover, €24,025 (March 2010); Moebius, Le garage hérmetique, €278,960 (October 2015).
To promote the ninth art amongst new enthusiasts particularly interested in graphic arts and European culture, two sales were held in Hong Kong in 2015 and 2016. An off-text of the Lotus Bleue, a favourite of the Adventures of Tintin, was purchased for €1,107,196 by an Asian collector (October 2015); a pencilled strip of Coke en stock reaches €223,307 (October 2016).
The Department also contributes to the market’s international development. One recalls the Enki Bilal - oxymoron exhibition (New York, Beijing, Berlin and Paris) in 2009; the Inbox, installation from the same artist, at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, at the Cini Foundation. In 2016, Enki Bilal presents a new series of paintings, Inbox Hybridization [in love], in partnership with the Japanese subsidiary of Chanel, at the prestigious Chanel Nexus Hall in Tokyo. To mark the 57th Venice Biennale, Artcurial joins forces with the artist yet again to present Ve(s)tige/Ve(r)tige, an installation at the archaeological museum of Venice, San Marco Square.
From 6th July to 9th September, Artcurial presents the cultural exhibition DéconstruKt, featuring 137 original drawings by Enki Bilal. Deconstructing his work in order to better create and leave visitors free to imagine, alone in front of the enigmatic and powerful drawings belonging to his universe, is the innovative concept behind this exhibition, commented on in video by famous artists; Carla Bruni, Eddy Mitchell, Camélia Jordana, Olivia Ruiz, Gaëtan Roussel and Mathias Malzieu.
Du 27 mai au 30 septembre 2021, l’Agence Artcurial accompagne la famille d’Albert Uderzo dans la présentation au Musée Maillol de la première rétrospective dédiée à l’artiste : une exceptionnelle exposition de plus de 300 dessins, planches, couvertures, et documents, qui pour la plupart, n’avaient jamais été montrés auparavant. Véritable évènement, l’exposition permet au public de découvrir le processus créatif d’Albert Uderzo, son travail acharné et ses œuvres à taille réelle, au travers d’un parcours biographique dont le commissariat est assuré par sa fille, Sylvie Uderzo. Après avoir collaboré avec les plus grandes institutions muséales françaises, l’Agence Artcurial Culture est heureuse de mettre son savoir-faire au service de cette importante rétrospective, et de participer à l’hommage rendu à cet illustre dessinateur un an après sa disparition en 2020.
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Artcurial beats the world record for an original comic book board with The Blue Lotus by Hergé! On Thursday 14th January, Artcurial offered this exceptional work at auction, never seen before on the market: the project by Hergé for the cover of the original edition of The Blue Lotus, a 1936 album of Tintin. The work was sold for €3.2 M, also becoming Hergé’s new world record.
The year 2020 was notably marked by a number of records and millionaire auctions, such as an important stabile by Alexander Calder sold for €4.9M and the masterpiece the Penitent Magdalene by Salaì, a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci, which sold for €1.7M. Find out more in our video…
The charity sale for the benefit of the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris - Hôpitaux de France totalled €390,000 on 26 May.
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