There are just three British comic art-related items in this week’s Catawiki International Original Comics Art Auction, closing Thursday 13th October, alongside a wide variety of other art.
The auction also features comic art and illustration from across Europe and beyond, by artists that include Serrat Bernat, Jan Bosschaert, René Follet, José González, Hermann, Milo Manara, Dick Matena, Leonardo Di Matteo, Félix Meynet, Carlos Pacheco (an original preliminary drawing of Marvel’s Nick Fury), a “Corto Maltese” page by Hugo Pratt, Manuel Sanjulian, Sirius, Hachiro Tanaka and Piet Wijn.
Here’s the British art on offer this week…
Another page from the “Robot Archie” story for Lion, “The Lost World“, published in June 1973, art by Ted Kearon, pitting the mighty mechancial man and chums against a secret Nazi horde…
A dramatic page from “The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire” story “The Imposter“, which first appeared in Look and Learn in 1971, art by Don Lawrence.
A framed “Andy Capp” strip (J61) by his creator, Reg Smythe, first published in the Daily Mirror.
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.