Sotheby's offer comic strip art from one of world's largest collections



2015-09-28 13:56:10

One of the world's largest collections of original strip cartoon artwork will be sold at Sotheby's next month.

The collection of Jean-Arnold Schoofs features original plates by some of the most celebrated comic artists of the 20th century – from European masters such as Hergé, André Franquin and Peyo to American artists including Alex Raymong and Winsor McCay.

Belgian collector Schoofs first began acquiring the works in the mid-1980s, and travelled throughout Europe and the U.S in his search for the best plates he could find. His journeys saw him befriend many of the original artists, some of whom granted him first refusal on important pieces to aid his collection.

Having parted with the bulk of his collection in 2009-10, Schoofs will now offer 60 of the finest works he kept for himself. This selection focuses on American humourists of early 20th century, realist Americans of the 30s and 40s, and European artists of the immediate post-war period.

“My wish, until now, was to keep the older well-known major artists of the comics world, who for me will remain in the collective memory," said Schoofs. "These masters, who have become impossible to find, have always attracted me by their graphic qualities as well as by their historical dimension. Their work will remain. Today, I feel the need to return to the origins of my collection, to the great modern draughtsmen, and in particular Hermann."

The "outstanding" lot in the collection is a double-page spread from Le Sceptre d’Ottokar (King Ottokar's Sceptre) by Hergé, published in 1939. Depicting Tintin and Snowy is peril as their plane is shot down, the artwork is expected to sell for €600,000-4800,000 ($690,000-$920,000).

Further highlights from the European section include a page of André Franquin artwork from the 1956 Spirou et Fantasio adventure 'Les Pirates Du Silence', estimated at €200,000-€250,000 ($230,000-$287,000), and a page of 1964 Albert Uderzo art from Astérix et Cléopatre, estimated at €200,000-€250,000 ($230,000-$287,000).

From across the Atlantic, Schoof's collection offers notable pieces such as an original strip of Wisnor McCay's 'Little Nemo' artwork, circa 1910, valued at €40,000-€50,000 ($46,000-$57,500) and a page of Flash Gordon artwork by Alex Raymond, dated 1935, priced at €45,000-€55,000 ($52,000-$63,500).

The Jean-Arnold Schoofs collection of comic strip art will be sold at Sotheby's Paris on October 24.

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