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Animation Art - General

Animation art is one of those industries forever changed by technology, as handcrafted production celluloid (cels) and backgrounds were replaced by digital inks in the later 20th century. The collector’s markets existing as a result can be categorized in two areas: original and reproduction.

Film animation has existed since the turn of the 20th century, but archiving and selling its production artwork was practiced minimally until the 1970s. It’s noted that some early Disney artists actually threw their artwork away after filming, or gave pieces away to friends and family. Some work was even wiped off the cel and reused for new drawings. By the 1970s, dealers began offering film art to fans, and a lucrative market ensued, peaking in the 1990s, bottoming, and then rising again in the 2000s.

When collecting animation grew, vendors responded to demand by producing new and reproduced artwork in lots, manufacturing items like limited edition cels, sericels, and lithographs. The sericel is actually a silk-screened print on acetate or plastic, and essentially duplicates an original film cel. Sericel values can vary widely, and it’s best to research the printing before purchasing art. Signed, limited-edition lithographs have become common to collecting as well, and understanding a piece’s background is essential to achieving a good value.

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Oil On Canvas By Caroline Burnett
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Oil On Canvas By Caroline Burnett
by Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry
Est: $300- $400
$9610 Bids
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1987 PINOCCHIO AND THE EMPEROR OF THE NIGHT HAND PAINTED CEL
Oct 24, 10:00 AM MST
1987 PINOCCHIO AND THE EMPEROR OF THE NIGHT HAND PAINTED CEL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$878 Bids
Chuck Jones Animation Cel
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Chuck Jones Animation Cel
by Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry
Est: $400- $450
$1012 Bids
PARAMOUNT CARTOON STUDIOS WATERCOLOR PAINTING
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
PARAMOUNT CARTOON STUDIOS WATERCOLOR PAINTING
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
PINK PANTHER CARTOON FRAMED ANIMATION CEL
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
PINK PANTHER CARTOON FRAMED ANIMATION CEL
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
David Vermette - Crowning Moments
Oct 21, 12:00 PM EDT
David Vermette - Crowning Moments
by Dane Fine Art Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$3000 Bids
HANNA BARBERA "PARTY FOR PEBBLES" LE ART CEL
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
HANNA BARBERA "PARTY FOR PEBBLES" LE ART CEL
by Milestone Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$300 Bids
HANNA-BARBERA- Sericel "The Flintstones Family Car"
Oct 21, 10:00 AM PDT
HANNA-BARBERA- Sericel "The Flintstones Family Car"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $480- $600
$1000 Bids
Tom Fritz- Original Giclee on Canvas "Barb Wire"
Oct 21, 10:00 AM PDT
Tom Fritz- Original Giclee on Canvas "Barb Wire"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $1,760- $2,200
$1000 Bids
Tom Everhart- Hand Pulled Original Lithograph "Call Waiting"
Oct 24, 10:00 AM PDT
Tom Everhart- Hand Pulled Original Lithograph "Call Waiting"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $3,200- $4,000
$7000 Bids
Martha Walter (1875 - 1976) American
Nov 07, 2:00 PM EDT
Martha Walter (1875 - 1976) American
by Coral Gables Auction
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$5000 Bids
Popeye- Sericel "Popeye Spinach"
Oct 24, 10:00 AM PDT
Popeye- Sericel "Popeye Spinach"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $480- $600
$1000 Bids
Animation Cartoon Cell
Oct 27, 6:00 PM EDT
Animation Cartoon Cell
by Kodner Galleries
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
Animal Farm (1954, Halas and Batchelor) Napoleon
Oct 29, 10:00 AM BST
Animal Farm (1954, Halas and Batchelor) Napoleon
by Vectis Auctions Ltd
Est: £30- £50
£150 Bids
Dink, The Little Dinosaur Framed Animation Cel
Oct 23, 9:00 AM PDT
Dink, The Little Dinosaur Framed Animation Cel
by Heroes and Legends
Est: $300- $500
$500 Bids

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