There’s some British comic art-related items in this week’s Catawiki International Original Comics Art Auction, but the highlights are probably work by American artist Geof Darrow and award-winning aviation artist Giuseppe De Luca.
Attracting strong bidding is a tribute to Moebius by Geof Darrow. Darrow, collaborated with Moebius on the La cité feu portfolio, published back in 1985, and on offer is a marker and pencil drawings of one of the Moebius characters.
A page from the 1973 “The Trigan Empire” story, “The House of the Five Moons”, first published in Look and Learn, art by Don Lawrence. The story was published as The Doppelgänger in Europe.
Some “Buck Danny” character designs by Italian creator Giuseppe De Luca are attracting plenty of bids, buoyed, no doubt by his award for creating the Best Comicbook d’aviation Album last year, highlighted by his partner, colourist Ketty Formaggio.
The auction also features comic art and illustration from across Europe and beyond, by artists that include Jordi Bernet, Hans Kress, Sirius, Marcel Uderzo and Piet Wien, and manga artists such as Santa Wakamiya.
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.