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Animation Art

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.

As animation collectibles 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 Jonny Quest Original Animation Cel
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Hanna-Barbera Jonny Quest Original Animation Cel
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $200- $300
$3256 Bids
1970 Walt Disney The Aristocats Animation Cel
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
1970 Walt Disney The Aristocats Animation Cel
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $300- $500
$2254 Bids
"MOTHER GOOSE GOES HOLLYWOOD" LAUREL AND HARDY ORIGINAL STORYBOARD (WALT DISNEY, 1938)
Apr 30, 1:00 PM EDT
"MOTHER GOOSE GOES HOLLYWOOD" LAUREL AND HARDY ORIGINAL STORYBOARD (WALT DISNEY, 1938)
by Block Auction House
Est: $10- $10,000
$1003 Bids
1970 Walt Disney The Aristocats Animation Cel
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
1970 Walt Disney The Aristocats Animation Cel
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $300- $500
$2002 Bids
1970 Walt Disney The Aristocats Animation Cel
Apr 27, 10:00 AM EDT
1970 Walt Disney The Aristocats Animation Cel
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $300- $500
$2002 Bids
Chuck Jones SIGNED Bugs Bunny PEACE & CARROTS Cel
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Chuck Jones SIGNED Bugs Bunny PEACE & CARROTS Cel
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$752 Bids
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
1974 Daffy Duck Warner Brothers Wonder Bread National Periodical Publications
May 18, 6:00 PM EDT
1974 Daffy Duck Warner Brothers Wonder Bread National Periodical Publications
by Caff's Collectibles
Est: $35- $40
$11 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
Walt Disney CINDERELLA LE Animation Cel Print COA
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Walt Disney CINDERELLA LE Animation Cel Print COA
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $600
$1501 Bid
Walt Disney CINDERELLA LE Animation Cel Print COA
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Walt Disney CINDERELLA LE Animation Cel Print COA
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $3,000- $6,000
$1,5001 Bid
Walt Disney CINDERELLA LE Animation Cel Print COA
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Walt Disney CINDERELLA LE Animation Cel Print COA
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $3,000- $6,000
$1,5001 Bid
Wile E. Coyote Limited Edition Sericel from Warner Bros.. Includes Certificate of Authenticity.
Apr 30, 10:00 AM PDT
Wile E. Coyote Limited Edition Sericel from Warner Bros.. Includes Certificate of Authenticity.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $480- $600
$301 Bid
Chuck Jones Wile E Coyote "Fast" 1949 Limited Edition
Apr 30, 9:00 PM EDT
Chuck Jones Wile E Coyote "Fast" 1949 Limited Edition
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$7500 Bids
Limited Edition Chuck Jones Wile E Coyote "Furry-ous" 1949 Print
Apr 30, 9:00 PM EDT
Limited Edition Chuck Jones Wile E Coyote "Furry-ous" 1949 Print
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$7500 Bids
Chuck Jones "Daffy And Hassan: Call Me A Cab" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
Apr 25, 10:00 AM PDT
Chuck Jones "Daffy And Hassan: Call Me A Cab" Hand Signed, Hand Painted Limited Edition Sericel.
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $1,080- $1,350
$6000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Animation Art


Robinhood Auctions

Robinhood Auctions

Finarte

Finarte

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

Hill Auction Gallery

Hill Auction Gallery