Bonhams’ first ever World of Anime sale begins next week

Spanning Anime classics with the likes of Astro Boy, Sailor Moon, and Pokémon, Bonhams’ first World of Anime online sale is set to go live 24th January – 3nd February 2002 – and will include more than 150 rare Anime production cels and drawings.

Sailor Moon R, Sailor Scouts, Anime Production Cel
Sailor Moon R, Sailor Scouts, Anime Production Cel

Relics of the pre-digital animation era, the production of Anime originally was done one frame at a time by hand-painting sheets of celluloid (production cels) and then layering them to create the effect of continuous motion. These production cels allow fans to own a tangible part of the most recognizable Anime in the world.

Astro Boy, Anime Production Cel
Astro Boy, Anime Production Cel
Doraemon, Doraemon and Nobita, Anime Production Cel
Doraemon, Doraemon and Nobita, Anime Production Cel
Laputa, Castle In The Sky, Sheeta, Anime Production Cel
Laputa, Castle In The Sky, Sheeta, Anime Production Cel

Leading the inaugural sale is a production cel featuring the titular character of Kiki’s Delivery Service with her companion Jiji, estimated at $15,000 – 25,000. This standout gouache on celluloid work is from the studio of Hayao Miyazaki, a pioneering animation filmmaker.

Created and originally released by Studio Ghibli in 1989, Kiki’s Delivery Service was the first film to be released with an English dub under the studio’s partnership with Disney less than a decade later.

Kiki's Delivery Service, Kiki and Jiji, Anime Production Cel
Kiki’s Delivery Service, Kiki and Jiji, Anime Production Cel

Included in the auction are original production cels, douga and genga from studios such as Studio Ghibli, Toei Animation, Shin-Ei Animation, Tokyo Movie, OLM Inc., and Tezuka Productions relating to some of the most popular Anime series and films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Dragon Ball Z, Slam Dunk, Sailor Moon, Pokémon, Doraemon, Astro Boy and many others.

“Bonhams Popular Culture department is thrilled to be embarking on a new adventure into the World of Anime,” commented Bonhams’ Director of Popular Culture, Helen Hall. “With the recent Hayao Miyazaki landmark exhibition at the Academy Museum in Los Angeles, we feel it is the perfect time to offer these unique treasures from some of the foremost Manga and Anime creators, directors, and studios.”

In addition to the online sale, there will be a virtual panel discussion, “Inside the World of Anime” on Tuesday 25th January at 8.00am EST. The panelists, leading experts and academics from across the globe, will delve into the fascinating and expansive world of Anime; the studio history, shifts in international markets, collector trends, and preservation tips for this highly unique and treasured category. You can register here.

Additional production cel highlights include:

A lush green scene from My Neighbor Totoro featuring the characters Satsuki Kusakabe, Mei Kusakabe and Granny. With art by Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli, 1988), it notably includes a hand-painted background by Nizo Yamamoto, one of Japan’s leading art directors and scenic artists. It is estimated at $10,000 – 15,000
My Neighbor Totoro, Satsuki Kusakabe, Mei Kusakabe and Granny, Anime Production Cel

A lush green scene from My Neighbor Totoro featuring the characters Satsuki Kusakabe, Mei Kusakabe and Granny. With art by Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli, 1988), it notably includes a hand-painted background by Nizo Yamamoto, one of Japan’s leading art directors and scenic artists. It is estimated at $10,000 – 15,000

Son Goku as Super Saiyan 3 from Dragon Ball Z with art by Naoko Takeuchi (Toei Animation, 1989-1996). Estimated at $5,000 – 7,000
Dragon Ball Z, Son Goku as Super Saiyan 3, Anime Production Cel

Son Goku as Super Saiyan 3 from Dragon Ball Z with art by Naoko Takeuchi (Toei Animation, 1989-1996). Estimated at $5,000 – 7,000

Pokémon, Pikachu, Anime Production Cel
Pokémon, Pikachu, Anime Production Cel

Pikachu in motion from Pokémon with art by Satoshi Tajiri (OLM Inc., 1997-2002). Estimated at $2,500 – 3,500

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and luxury. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 53 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com

Bonhams – The World of Anime – Online Auction | 24th January – 2nd February 2022

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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