PARIS – Comics are one of the most influential art forms of the 20th century.  New York’s MOMA devoted much of its 1990 landmark exhibition High and Low to the love affair between “fine” artists like Braque, Picasso and Miró and their “popular” counterparts, like George Herriman, whose Krazy Kat is perhaps the most widely admired comic strip in history. Later in the century, comics directly inspired Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein (his Sleeping Girl is a brilliant example) – it’s impossible to imagine Pop art without them.

The center of a triptych by French illustrator Walter Minus.

This July, Sotheby’s Paris will present Bande Dessinée (literally band of drawings), the world’s first auction of high-quality comic works. Jean-Marc Thévenet, the former CEO of the International Comics Festival in Angoulême, France and curator of several French exhibitions, is in the process of putting the sale together now, working directly with celebrated comic book artists and authors. Find out more by watching this short video on