Alongside some stunning European art, there are a number of British comic strip pages in this week’s Catawiki International Original Comics Art Auction, which closes tonight, Thursday 22nd September 2022.
An episode from the Modesty Blaise story, “A Few Flowers for the Colonel“, with art by Neville Colvin, first published in 1982…
A page from the “Robot Archie” story, “Robot Archie and The Giant Scorpion“, first published in Lion in 1966, with art by Ted Kearon.
Another great page from the story “Eagles over the Western Front“, with art by Bill Lacey.
Bill served in the RAF during World War Two. He’s perhaps best known for this work on this strip and his work on “Mytek the Mighty” and “The Man Who searched for Fear”.
(Don’t forget Bear Alley Books collected this strip in one volume in 2020, copies still available here).
There are also a number of book or magazine covers on offer by Fernando Fernández and Gil Formosa, some of which may have been used by publishers in the UK and US. But let’s round off our coverage of British items with this wonderful original page by José Ortiz, originally painted for an issue of Once Upon a Time magazine, and republished in the 1976 Playhour Book of Nursery Rhymes.
Potential Additional International Auction Costs
This advice box was last updated on Friday 6th May 2022
The UK’s departure from the European Union means there may be additional import duties on sales.
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.
The Guardian previously reported that 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.
While buying from European sellers carries the sting of larger costs, the auction house Catawiki does now endeavour to provide an estimate of those in its lot descriptions.
Unfortunately, many 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. It has also meant that some British sellers will no longer export to Europe.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.