Fans of newspaper strips “Axa” and “Modesty Blaise” are likely to be keeping an eye on this week’s Catawiki International Comic Art Auction, which includes examples by Enrique Badia Romero, also with a smashing World War Two painting by Fernando Fernández, used as the cover of Battle Picture Library No.330; and more examples of “Robot Archie” by Ted Kearon. Plus, if you’re a fan of the 1970s TV series Kung Fu, some art by Enric Sio may be of interest.
Here’s what we’ve spotted…
Do note that the UK’s departure from the European Union may mean additional import duties on sales. Catawiki highlights items offered from the continent that will incur additional fees. Prior to Brexit, the effective rate of UK tax on imports of art was 5%, which is lower than most other European countries. An owner could previously import an artwork to the UK from outside the EU and was then free to transport it to other EU countries, where the import tax rates may be higher, without incurring any further import-related tax charges. If the owner then wished to bring the artwork back to the UK, there would also have been no further tax charge.
• Online orders up to £135 are now supposed to have the UK’s prevailing VAT rate added at the point of sale by the EU retailer, which has to have registered with HM Revenue & Customs. Lots of smaller EU-based retailers have decided that the paperwork of collecting UK VAT is not worth the hassle and as a result will no longer supply UK consumers