The Bob Monkhouse Archive featuring his collection of original artwork produced some record-breaking results in the latest auction at Comic Book Auctions – with a Frank Bellamy double page artwork for TV Century 21 breaking the record for any Thunderbirds piece sold in a ComPal auction with a sale price of £4550.
Three consecutive strips of Garth for the Daily Mirror, all signed by Bellamy, also sold for £1200.
The combination of fresh-to-market high quality boards and Uncle Bob’s unrivalled provenance started with an Ally Sloper piece from 1900. The artwork by W F Thomas from yesteryear looking like it was drawn yesterday its ‘Vote For Sloper’ cover strongly endorsed at £720.
A Terry Wakefield-illustrated “Terry Thomas” strip for Film Fun in the 1950s fetched £270 and a Don Lawrence “Erik the Viking” artwork for Smash fetched £400.
“The Trigan Empire” adventure series was one of the main reasons for the popularity of Look and Learn. Another was the fact that it was initially drawn by Don Lawrence and a page by him fetched £420.
The auction house says they hope to offer more art from the Bob Monkhouse archive next year.
Other highlights of the auction included the sale of a complete year of The Beano for 1939, issues that heralded the first “Jack Flash” by Dudley Watkins, the first “Pansy Potter in Wonderland” by Jimmy Clark and the first “Horse that Jack Built” by Bill Holdroyd. The collection sold for £1520.
A bound volume of The Dandy from 1948 also contained several first appearances, notably “Raggy Muffin the Dandy Dog” by Jimmy Chrichton and “The Slave of the Magic Lamp” by Fred Sturrock, which magicked a six fold upper estimate £2550.
A Dudley Watkins “Biffo the Bear” cover for the Beano published in 1953 just reached its estimate of £1540, and a page of his The Broons art fetched £500.
A worn copy of the first issue of Commando – War Stories in Pictures missing its back cover commanded a hefty £310. ‘Walk – or Pay!’
Three original Charley’s War artworks by Joe Colquhoun revealed a terrible secret from the battle of the Somme in July 1916. The centenary of ‘The War to End All Wars’ resonated with our bidders and £2650 spirited these atmospheric pages away.
Our apologies for including artwork from Garth not featured in this sale in an earlier version of this story