Pratt, Moebius, Manara, Crumb, Eisner Also on the Block
Posted by Betsy Gomez on June 5, 2018 @ 5:17 pm CT
In total, the auction, which took place over the weekend in Dallas, Texas, took in nearly $1.3 million. Other notable pieces in the auction include artwork from Corto Maltese by Hugo Prattt, which sold for $62,500; Moebius pieces including a page from The Black Incal, $21,250, and artwork from Upon a Star, $13,750; and a Milo Manara illustration that sold for $11,875.
The auction also included a few pieces from American artists. An R. Crumb parody advertisement from Weirdo #15 sold for $20,000; a page of Jack Kamen’s art from Weird Science #9 brought in $18,750; and a Will Eisner splash page netted $16,250.
While certainly prized, the “Red Sea” piece isn’t the most valuable Herge artwork to come to market. In 2016, a page from the book Explorers on the Moon earned the equivalent of $1.64 million (see “Original Tintin Art Earns Record Sum at Auction”). The original Adventures of Tintin endpapers sold for $3.5 million in 2014 (see "Comic Art Sells for $3.5 Million"), and a Tintin cover sold for $1.6 million in 2012 (see "'Tintin' Cover Sold for $1.6 Million").
The high bid for the R. Crumb piece pales in comparison the record for his work: Crumb’s cover art for the Ballantine Fritz the Cat collection from 1969 sold for $717,000 just over one year ago (see “New Record Price For American Comic Art”).
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