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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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MYRON WALDMAN POPEYE ANIMATION CEL
Dec 11, 11:00 AM CST
MYRON WALDMAN POPEYE ANIMATION CEL
by Lewis & Maese Auction Company
Est: $200- $700
$51 Bid
Keith Haring - Original drawing, hand painted
Dec 11, 10:15 PM CET
Keith Haring - Original drawing, hand painted
by Novartia
Est: €2,500- €3,000
€5501 Bid
SPIDER-MAN & HULK Animation Sheet w/ Certificate, 1983
Dec 08, 11:00 AM PST
SPIDER-MAN & HULK Animation Sheet w/ Certificate, 1983
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $300- $500
$2750 Bids
(NORMAN BRIDWELL / ANIMATION) Clifford the Big Red Dog animation cel setup.
Dec 15, 12:00 PM EST
(NORMAN BRIDWELL / ANIMATION) Clifford the Big Red Dog animation cel setup.
by Swann Auction Galleries
Est: $400- $600
$3000 Bids
Comics : set of 10 original drawings including SALMA . BONNET . BRICHAU . CLAIR.
Dec 11, 1:30 PM CET
Comics : set of 10 original drawings including SALMA . BONNET . BRICHAU . CLAIR.
by Monsantic.com
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
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5pc Vintage Peanuts Characters Stackables Set
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
5pc Vintage Peanuts Characters Stackables Set
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
(THE SIMPSONS / ANIMATION) "I Envy You and Homer."
Dec 15, 12:00 PM EST
(THE SIMPSONS / ANIMATION) "I Envy You and Homer."
by Swann Auction Galleries
Est: $400- $600
$3000 Bids
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Michael Jordan "Aerospace Jordan" limited edition animation cel.
Dec 12, 11:00 AM EST
Michael Jordan "Aerospace Jordan" limited edition animation cel.
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$800 Bids
THE BEATLES / YELLOW SUBMARINE (ANIMATION) Chief Blue Meanie enraged with Max.
Dec 15, 12:00 PM EST
THE BEATLES / YELLOW SUBMARINE (ANIMATION) Chief Blue Meanie enraged with Max.
by Swann Auction Galleries
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$9000 Bids
Nickelodeon "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters" Limited Edition Sericel
Dec 06, 8:00 AM PST
Nickelodeon "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters" Limited Edition Sericel
by BK Auctions
Est: $140- $180
$10 Bids
Filmation  Hand painted Cel  "Superboy Carrying Giant "
Dec 08, 10:00 AM PST
Filmation  Hand painted Cel  "Superboy Carrying Giant "
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $120- $250
$1100 Bids
Filmation  Hand painted Cel  "Flash Gordon  "
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Filmation  Hand painted Cel  "Flash Gordon  "
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $120- $250
$1100 Bids
Filmation  Hand painted Cel  "Aquaman "
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Filmation  Hand painted Cel  "Aquaman "
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $90- $187
$800 Bids
Filmation Animation "Aquaman"
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Filmation Animation "Aquaman"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $240- $500
$2000 Bids
Filmation Animation "Batwing"
Dec 06, 10:00 AM PST
Filmation Animation "Batwing"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $300- $625
$2750 Bids

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