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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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She-Ra Production Cel
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
She-Ra Production Cel
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$101 Bid
He-Man Production Cel
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
He-Man Production Cel
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$101 Bid
STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997) - Starship Trooper Mobile Infantry Boots and Set of Printed Storyboards
Mar 14, 9:00 AM PDT
STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997) - Starship Trooper Mobile Infantry Boots and Set of Printed Storyboards
by Propstore Los Angeles
Est: $100- $200
$1001 Bid
OBI-WAN KENOBI (2022) - Art Department Crew Gift
Mar 14, 9:00 AM PDT
OBI-WAN KENOBI (2022) - Art Department Crew Gift
by Propstore Los Angeles
Est: $100- $200
$1000 Bids
Animation- Hand painted Sericel
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
Animation- Hand painted Sericel
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $80- $100
$700 Bids
Group of 2 Dennis the Menace Cartoon Animation Cels
Mar 02, 9:00 AM CST
Group of 2 Dennis the Menace Cartoon Animation Cels
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $50- $150
$250 Bids
RALPH BAKSHI - American animator/draftsman
Feb 29, 5:00 PM EST
RALPH BAKSHI - American animator/draftsman
by East Coast Books
Est: $50- $75
$150 Bids
CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982) - Matted Hand-Drawn Ron Cobb Cult of Set Shield Concept Illustrations
Mar 12, 9:00 AM PDT
CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982) - Matted Hand-Drawn Ron Cobb Cult of Set Shield Concept Illustrations
by Propstore Los Angeles
Est: $6,000- $12,000
$3,0000 Bids
Scott Lenhardt- 2- piece lot. Troop Series, ca 2004 Praying Mantis
Mar 03, 6:00 PM EST
Scott Lenhardt- 2- piece lot. Troop Series, ca 2004 Praying Mantis
by Nathan Auction & Real Estate Inc.
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$1,0000 Bids
Nickelodeon, "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters" Limited Edition Sericel with Letter of Authenticity.
Feb 27, 10:00 AM PST
Nickelodeon, "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters" Limited Edition Sericel with Letter of Authenticity.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $120- $150
$500 Bids
Aeon Flux Limited Edition Sericel from MTV with Letter of Authenticity
Feb 27, 10:00 AM PST
Aeon Flux Limited Edition Sericel from MTV with Letter of Authenticity
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $120- $150
$500 Bids
Signed Chuck Jones Animation Cell, Pepe Le Pew and
Mar 03, 10:00 AM PST
Signed Chuck Jones Animation Cell, Pepe Le Pew and
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $800- $1,000
$6000 Bids
Filmation- Animation "Lassie"
Mar 07, 10:00 AM PST
Filmation- Animation "Lassie"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $320- $400
$2400 Bids
Filmation- Animation "Flash Gordon"
Mar 07, 10:00 AM PST
Filmation- Animation "Flash Gordon"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $400- $500
$3000 Bids
Animation- Hand painted Sericel
Mar 05, 10:00 AM PST
Animation- Hand painted Sericel
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $80- $100
$700 Bids
Animation- Hand painted Sericel
Mar 05, 10:00 AM PST
Animation- Hand painted Sericel
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $80- $100
$700 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Animation Art - General


Robinhood Auctions

Robinhood Auctions

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers