Comic Art Consignment
Year after year, Sotheby’s Pop Culture Department produces exceptional results for those who sell comic books, comic strips, and comic art or consign an entire comic book collection. Comic book auctions typically feature Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Incredible Hulk, Flash, Green Lantern, the Avengers, Snoopy, Thor, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Catman, Black Terror, the Destroyer, Phantom Lady and Hero for Hire.
Also in demand are original comic book art, filmation cels, animation cels, animation drawings, cartoon art and bande dessinée comic strips. In 2017, at the Bande Dessinée sale at Sotheby’s in Paris, a bidding war took place for Albert Uderzo’s masterpiece from the Devin album. Never before seen on the market, this comic board broke the artist’s world record, selling at €319,500.
If you are wondering how to sell comic books online or sell original bande dessinée at auction, simply submit an image along with any additional information to Sotheby's through our easy-to-use online form. Now is a perfect time to buy and sell comic art, graphic novels, and comic books for top dollar.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the best time to sell comics?Sotheby's is the best place to buy and sell old comic books and comic strips because we offer both live and online Pop Culture sales throughout the year. If you are considering where to sell comic books or wondering, “How much is my comic book worth?”, simply send photographs and other background information to Sotheby’s for a complimentary auction estimate.
- What are the best-selling types of comic art?During the last decade, the market for collectible comic books and comic strip boards has exploded. Classic works as well a new original comic art are in demand. The European market is particularly strong in France, with enthusiastic buyers also in Asia and America. We’ve seen exceptional results for action-packed vintage comic books and graphic novels including Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Wolverine, Iron Man, Krazy Kat and Felix. Comic art previously owned by celebrities also commands top dollar. Famous comic art collectors include actor Nicolas Cage and directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas.
- What types of bande dessinée are in demand?Sotheby’s successful 2017 Bande Dessinée sale in Paris fetched €876,000. In 2016, Sotheby’s Comics sale achieved €1,3M with 39 per cent new buyers. The exceptional original plate Blake et Mortimer by E.P. Jacobs, which presented magnificent crayon sketches and various notes by the artist, achieved the highest price of the sale, €105,000. The sale also featured important works by Uderzo, Herriman, McCay, Jacobs and Manara. The auction comprised nearly 260 lots, all original artworks, from the greatest European and American authors of the genre such as Pratt, Jacobs, Jim Lee and Franquin. Our 2015 Comic Art auction in Paris brought in €3.8 million and was led by an original Tintin drawing by Hergé which sold for €453,000.
Sotheby’s is your best resource to buy, consign and sell a vintage comic book, original comic art, filmation cel, animation cel, animation drawing, cartoon art, comic strip board and bande dessinée by artists Gibrat, Moebius, Hergé, Jacobs, Uderzo, Bilal, Franquin, Vance, Herriman, Tezuka, McCay, Druillet, Francq, Ledroit Graffet, Lacombe, Stevens, Ware, Eisner Charles Schulz, Alphonso Wong and Manchu. Also in demand are first edition comic books, original plates, original illustrations, variant covers and first issues with Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Green Lantern, X-Men, Harley Quinn, Deadpool and Groot by Action Comics, Marvel Comics, Pep Comics, Detective Comics and Flask Comics.