Carl Barks estate auction

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Auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields will hold an Entertainment Memorabilia and Animation Art sale on June 4th 2007 in Los Angeles, featuring property from the Estate of Carl Barks. The auction will include rare original animation drawings, working storyboards and watercolors from his personal archive. From the press release:

From the early 1940s until the late 1960s, Carl Barks illustrated Walt Disney’s comics and stories and drew the beloved “Donald Duck” character as well as “Huey, Duey and Louie” (adding his own creation “Uncle Scrooge” in 1948). Having never signed his name to a single Donald Duck story, Barks received no biographical notes in any of the Disney comic books (unlike artists of comic book publishers of the 1950s). Barks toiled in privacy for more than 25 years before fans of comics and animation sought him out.

Featured highlights from the Estate of Carl Barks include: a large collection of preliminary drawings for many of his more famous Walt Disney Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge paintings (offered individually, estimates from $600 to $2,000); an unfinished painting of a Saloon Woman in a White Dress (est. $5/8,000); a selection of early paintings from Barks’ private studio including landscapes and historical portraits; a selection of framed and signed gold plate artist’s proofs; unpublished circa 1940s pencil cartoons; early finished watercolors; and a collection of five caricature cartoon drawings done by colleagues of Carl Barks while he was working at the Disney Studios.

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The auction also includes other Hollywood memorabilia, Disneyana and animation art. Los Angeles public preview events are scheduled for June 1-3. Pick up the catalog on the website.


  • Bugsmer

    That sounds pretty interesting. Who knows what treasures someone might stumble upon?

  • http://www.travisgentry.com Travis Gentry

    The Uncle Scrooge comics are amazing. Check out Don Rosa’s tribute of sorts to Carl Barks in the Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck. Barks made reference to a lot of Scrooge’s past in the original comics, and Rosa takes those little nuggets and fashions a complete and accurate life story of Scrooge from birth all the way to settling in Duckburg. So much fun!

  • http://www.bishopanimation.com Floyd Bishop

    The fact that they are selling his “Disney Legends” award is a bit troubling. You would think that someone would have wanted to hang on to that.

    http://www.bonhams.com/cgi-bin/public.sh/pubweb/publicSite.r?sContinent=USA&screen=lotdetailsNoFlash&iSaleItemNo=3542572&iSaleNo=15284

  • http://www.travisgentry.com Travis Gentry

    Wow, I’m suprised at that too. And for so little, I almost want to get it, but it might be kind of tacky. I’m torn!

  • Chris Sobieniak

    If I wasn’t a selfish jerk, I’d get that award to stick someplace in my house! :-)

  • http://classicanimation.blogspot.com Thad Komorowski

    Oh, holy s**t, they even have his easel for sale.

    This is really disgusting.

  • http://www.bishopanimation.com Floyd Bishop

    The auction is over. They sold the “Disney Legends” award for $1,300 plus premium and tax.