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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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Hanna Barbera SIGNED COMPANY PICNIC Animation Cel
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Hanna Barbera SIGNED COMPANY PICNIC Animation Cel
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1002 Bids
Pink Panther Production Sketch and Animation Cel
May 04, 10:00 AM EDT
Pink Panther Production Sketch and Animation Cel
by The Written Word Autographs
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
An 8pc Original Justice League John S. Simms/ Neal Adams Story Boards
Apr 28, 11:00 AM MST
An 8pc Original Justice League John S. Simms/ Neal Adams Story Boards
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $5,000- $10,000
$3,2001 Bid
Marvel- Animation "Iron Man"
Apr 25, 10:00 AM PDT
Marvel- Animation "Iron Man"
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $240- $300
$1900 Bids
Studio Nippon Animation - Marco - From the Apennines to the Andes, 1976
May 10, 11:00 AM CEST
Studio Nippon Animation - Marco - From the Apennines to the Andes, 1976
by Finarte
Est: €150- €300
€1500 Bids
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha - Lupin III, 1977
May 10, 11:00 AM CEST
Studio Tokyo Movie Shinsha - Lupin III, 1977
by Finarte
Est: €150- €300
€1500 Bids
Studio Filmation - She-Ra, the princess of power (She-Ra: Princess of Power), 1985
May 10, 11:00 AM CEST
Studio Filmation - She-Ra, the princess of power (She-Ra: Princess of Power), 1985
by Finarte
Est: €350- €600
€3500 Bids
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KING FEATURES SYNDICATE, BETTY BOOP MARILYN MONROE, SERICEL
May 01, 11:00 AM EDT
KING FEATURES SYNDICATE, BETTY BOOP MARILYN MONROE, SERICEL
by RoGallery
Est: $250- $350
$1500 Bids
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Death NYC - Shohoku 10
May 11, 11:00 AM CEST
Death NYC - Shohoku 10
by Art Atelier
Est: €400- €500
€2250 Bids
Fang of the Sun Dougram Original Animation Cels
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Fang of the Sun Dougram Original Animation Cels
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
Nickelodeon, "Aaahh!!! Real Monsters" Limited Edition Sericel with Letter of Authenticity.
May 02, 10:00 AM PDT
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
May 02, 10:00 AM PDT
Aeon Flux Limited Edition Sericel from MTV with Letter of Authenticity
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $120- $150
$500 Bids
Studio Filmation - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, 1983
May 10, 11:00 AM CEST
Studio Filmation - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, 1983
by Finarte
Est: €450- €800
€4500 Bids
Enrique Breccia - Tex - Captain Jack, 2016
May 10, 11:00 AM CEST
Enrique Breccia - Tex - Captain Jack, 2016
by Finarte
Est: €450- €800
€4500 Bids
Magnus (Roberto Raviola) - Dennis Cobb - Missione Creso, 1965
May 10, 11:00 AM CEST
Magnus (Roberto Raviola) - Dennis Cobb - Missione Creso, 1965
by Finarte
Est: €100- €200
€1000 Bids
Barry Dan & Fujitani Bob - Flash Gordon, 1978
May 10, 11:00 AM CEST
Barry Dan & Fujitani Bob - Flash Gordon, 1978
by Finarte
Est: €150- €300
€1500 Bids
1979 Barry Fujitani Flash Gordon Original Art
Apr 27, 3:00 PM EDT
1979 Barry Fujitani Flash Gordon Original Art
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Rocky and Bullwinkle Dudley Do-Right Animation Cel
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Rocky and Bullwinkle Dudley Do-Right Animation Cel
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Dan Barry Bob Fujitani Flash Gordon Original Art
Apr 27, 3:00 PM EDT
Dan Barry Bob Fujitani Flash Gordon Original Art
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Animation Art - General


Robinhood Auctions

Robinhood Auctions

Finarte

Finarte

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

Wright

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