The quick gist is the Daniel Maghen Gallery, one of the most prestigious comics art galleries in the world, has teamed up with the world renowned auction house, Christie’s, to present one of the most astonishing collections of original art to go up at once, at such a huge public venue.
While original art auctions are something of regularity, especially through Heritage Auctions, I think one of this caliber going through Christie’s has the potential to really change the global field of comics original art within the mainstream art world. While there have obviously been some major art sales over the last several years, I think the potential here is massive. It’s not just that it’s Maghen. It’s not just that it’s Christie’s. It’s the combination of them, with the work being presented that makes this a huge deal in the arts world, solidifying comics place as not a niche, but placing its sales in a larger context it’s not normally associated with.
Here’s the English language press release. There’s a huge selection of original art scans linked here, featuring — among many others — Jean Giraud (including both Blueberry and some Moebius work), Osamu Tezuka, Albert Uderzo, Jacques Tardi, Will Eisner, Peyo, Mike Mignola, Milo Manara, André Julliard, André Franquin, Jean-Pierre Gibrat (who I’ve been talking a lot lately, after a current obsession fueled by the original of the piece they have available here) and many, many more.
Going once, going twice… sold! Christie’s, the world renowed auction house, and Daniel Maghen Gallery, Europe’s premier sequential art gallery, have undertaken a historical partnership to present a original art auction of unprecidented scale. This prestigious event will be solidifying sequential art’s place in the global art market.
Over 200 original pieces from a world-wide selection of major comics and illustration artists will be available, including the cover art from Albert Uderzo’s Asterix and the Soothsayer as well as the one fromFranquin'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 theDaniel 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.