More Trigan Empire art surfaces on latest Catawiki International Comic Art Auction

The latest Catawiki International Comic Art Auction features so many pages from Rebellion-owned strips, such as “The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire” and “Robot Archie” it’s a wonder the company hasn’t simply contacted the sellers and bought their entire catalogue.

Bidding on lots in this auction closes at 7.00pm on Thursday 24th March 2022.

Relisted after it failed to sell a couple of weeks ago, an early page of “Zip Nolan” art by Reg Bunn, first published in Lion in 1963. Can you spot the clue?

A page from the story “Robot Archie versus The Superions” by Ted Kearon, from a 1968 issue of Lion, the lot description bizarrely referring to it appearing in “Issue 20”, which is patently incorrect.

Robot Archie versus the Superions - art by Ted Kearon

Another pages from the story “Eagles over the Western Front” (1964), by Bill Lacey. Dramatic World War One action on offer!

“Eagles over the Western Front” (1964), by Bill Lacey

(Don’t forget Bear Alley Books collected this strip in one volume in 2020, copies still available here).

Not one, but two pages of art from “The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire” first featured in Look and Learn: a page from the 1967 story “The Revolt of the Lokans”; and a page from “The Outlaw Planet”, published in 1973, both pages by Don Lawrence.

Trigan Empire by Don Lawrence - The Revolt of the Lokans
“The Revolt of the Lokans”
Trigan Empire by Don Lawrence - The Outlaw Planet
“The Outlaw Planet”

As ever, there are plenty of artworks by European artists and from European strips, and manga, too, such as work by Kenichiro Takai from Minus Kid, first published in 1965 – two consecutive original pages from the story “Hitler has Arrived”…

Kenichiro Takai - Minus Kid

There’s a promotional illustration of Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus, too, by Eduardo Alpuente, created for the Spanish market.

Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus, by Eduardo Alpuente

Another original Western cover book by Fernando Fernández

Western cover book by Fernando Fernández

Another page from “El Gaucho” by Milo Manara, scripted by Hugo Pratt

A page from “El Gaucho” by Milo Manara, scripted by Hugo Pratt

This beautiful strip from the peak period of the “Aram” newspaper strip, by Piet Wijn on top form.

“Aram” newspaper strip, by Piet Wijn

Check out items offered by Catawiki in their International Comic Art category – auction closing Thursday 25th March 2022, at 7.00pm

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

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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