Monday, 17 February 2014

Christie's and Maghen team up to auction huge collection of original comics art by Bilal, Moebius, Tardi, Tezuka, Frazetta, more


Some pretty big news in terms of comics standing in the art world: the French Daniel Maghen Gallery, one of the most prestigious comics art galleries in the world, has teamed up Christie's, the world renowned auction house, to present an astonishing collection of original comics art and illustration to go up for sale. What makes this partnership unique and rather unprecedented is the sheer caliber of the pieces going under the hammer all at once, with work by Moebius, Jacques Tardi, Enki Bilal, Frank Frazetta, Osamu Tezuka, Albert Uderzo, Mike Mignola, Will Esiner, Milo Manara, Peyo, André Franquin, Jean-Pierre Gibrat and many, many more.

It's interesting to see the value of comics work presented like this, as original art, alongside other works of art, because comics have traditionally struggled to be considered as literature in the US and UK, but the illustrative side seems to be gradually gaining traction and acceptance in the art world, as original pieces garner huge sums of money, and this partnership of two hugely respected establishments serves to underline that validation, to some extent. Below you can find a roughly translated version of the Maghen/Christie press release, as well as some of the pieces going under auction. I'd highly recommend going to visit the Maghen page itself, where they have a gallery of large scans of selected work.

'Going once, going twice… sold! Christie’s, the world renowned auction house, and Daniel Maghen Gallery, Europe’s premier sequential art gallery, have undertaken a historical partnership to present the first original comics art auction of an unprecedented scale, a prestigious event which will further consolidate the place of comics art in the global art market.
Over 200 original pieces from a world-wide selection of iconic comics and illustration artists will be available, including the cover art from Albert Uderzo’s Asterix and the Soothsayer as well as the one from Franquin's Spirou and Fantasio: L’héritage. This finely curated selection includes historic artists (Franquin, Peyo, Jacobs, Will), classics (Pratt, Moebius, Tardi, Bilal, Gibrat), new talents (Mallié, Brüno, Vallée, Boiscommun) and illustrators (Lacombe, Graffet, Brizzi).
An initial selection will be on display at the Daniel Maghen Gallery from Wednesday, January 29th to Saturday, March 1st and at Christie’s during Le Salon du Dessin (26th to the 31st of March) and Wednesday, April 2nd to Saturday, April 5th. The catalogue (March 15th) will combine Christie’s and Maghen’s unique know-how in designing such prestigious volumes. Auction date: Saturday, April 5th.'

Enki Bilal

Jacques Tardi

Osamu Tezuka

Mike Mignola

Jean Girard (Moebius)
 
Albert Uderzo