Strontium Dog art by Kev Walker included in this week’s Catawiki International Original Comics Art Auction

A Strontium Dog” page by Kev Walker for the 1988 2000AD Winter Special is among items in this week’s Catawiki International Original Comics Art Auction, closing Thursday 20th October, alongside a wide variety of other art.

Strontium Dog  by Kev Walker - 2000AD Winter Special 1988

The auction also features comic art and illustration from across Europe and beyond, by artists that include Christian Cailleaux, Louis Forton, Hermann, Julian Jordan, MIlo Manara, José-Luis Munuera, Leonardo Di Matteo, Félix Meynet, Jean-Yves Mitton, Santiperez , Alain Sikorski, Peter de Smet, Takaharu Kusunoki, Manfred Sommer, Béatrice Tillier and Mamoru Uchiyama.

Items on offer include…

An original page by the Argentinian artist Enrique Breccia for the story “Raices de Misterio” / “El misterio y el mar”, written by Walter Slavich, published in Skorpio #187, in 1974

Raices de Misterio / El misterio y el mar - Skorpio 187, art by Enrique Breccia

A smashing book illustration by José González, “Call Me Maggie”, presumably for a romance novel or magazine

José González, "Call Me Maggie"

Episode 3350 of “Modesty Blaise“, from the story “Take me to your leader, first published in 1974, art by Enrique Badia Romero

Modesty Blaise - Take me to your leader - (1974, Ep 3350, by Enrique Badia Romero)

The opening page of an episode of the “Robot Archie” story “The Lost World“, first published in Lion and Thunder dated 2nd June 1973, art by Ted Kearon

"Robot Archie - The Lost World", first published in Lion and Thunder dated 2nd June 1973, art by Ted Kearon

• This week’s Catawiki International Original Comics Art Auction, closes at 7.00pm on Thursday 20th October 2022

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

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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.



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