Karl the Viking art by Don Lawrence included in latest Catawiki International Original Comics Art Auction

This week’s Catawiki International Original Comics Art Auction, closing on Thursday 2nd February, includes a smashing page from “Karl the Viking” drawn by Don Lawrence – and more besides. But British war comics fans will likely be disappointed ongoing customs issues caused by Brexit mean they won’t be able to bid on one great-looking item.

Originally published in Lion, for the issue dated 25th August 1962, the “Karl the Viking” art is an early page from the story “El Sarid the Merciless” and, unsurprisingly, is attracting fierce bidding.

"Karl the Viking" art by Don Lawrence - an early page from the story "El Sarid the Merciless", originally published in Lion, for the issue dated 25th August 1962

The seller is British, so there won’t be additional customs charges on top of this item.

Rebellion recently collected the pre-Trigan Empire strip across two volumes, Karl the Viking – Book One: The Sword of Eingar, and Karl the Viking – Volume Two: The Voyage of the Sea Raiders.

Also on offer is the cover of War Picture Library 201 by Pino Dell’Orco, reprinted as War Picture Library 1203, first published by Amalgamated Press in 1963 – but according to the lot details, the bad news is that bids aren’t being accepted on this from the UK

Pino Dell’Orco’s hallmark minimalism often focuses on a single action or object: a plane soaring through the sky or a lone figure walking out from the depths of a jungle with one vivid background colour, so the action appears to explode off the page.

Included with the cover art is a copy of War Picture Library No. 201 book with cover art and War picture library logo.

War Picture Library 201 by Pino Dell Orco

You can, bid, however, on a page of “Billy Bunter” drawn by Reg Parlett, for the issue of Valiant dated 27th April 1967.

"Billy Bunter" drawn by Reg Parlett, first published in Valiant dated 27th April 1967.

Beyond the British artworks, French artist Cyril Pontet is offering a homage to Brian Bolland and the US series Camelot 3000, a study of the series villain, Morgan La Fey. You may be familiar with his work on The Black Moon Chronicles, published here by Europe Comics.

Another cover artwork by Fernando Fernández is also on offer, a romance cover most likely used for a novel, dated 1978.

• This week’s Catawiki International Original Comics Art Auction, closes at 7.00pm on Thursday 2nd February 2023 – view the full catalogue here

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.

This apolitical guide outlines what you should be aware of when buying or selling art internationally but is a work in progress

Don’t forget Catawiki runs several regular auctions, including a dedicated US Comics auction, too – check out all the current lots on offer here

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2 replies

  1. Most frustrating. I find it easier to trade with Australia than Europe these days. Frustrating for the seller too no doubt, he is excluding his possibly primary market for war stories art.

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