As the years have passed and the many millions of Carl Barks fans have become more affluent, the demand for his original and limited-edition material has steadily increased. I am pleased to offer a selection of investment grade material to serious Carl Barks collectors.
Careful examination of this page will reveal that my prices, while not cheap, are very reasonable. By purchasing from me, you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting the continuing existence of the Carl Barks section of my "Popular Culture Excavation Site".
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Most of the lithographs that I am offering are from the series of so-called "large lithographs" issued by Another Rainbow. This distinguishes them from the so-called "small lithograph" series, issued by the same company. Each of them measures at least 20 by 24 inches, is in like-new condition, and comes with the original certificate of authenticity. Each of them was personally hand-signed by Carl Barks.
When examining the images below, keep in mind that only the image area is shown. In reality, each lithograph also has an ample border around the image. The border area beneath the image carries the title of the print, as well as the edition number and the signature of Mr. Barks. The "Gold Plate" edition has a debossed border of actual gold surrounding the image, as well as a special gold-stamped image in the border. In each case the "Gold Plate" edition was limited to 100 numbered copies. This means that you can be one of only 100 people in the whole world who has one.
Unless otherwise indicated, each of these lithographs is unframed. However, when properly matted and framed in a simple metal frame, they become very handsome pieces, indeed, as evidenced by this somewhat poor quality photo of one that is hanging on a wall within walking distance of my keyboard. In the descriptions that follow, the term "current estimate of its market value" refers to the market value as estimated in May 2000 by the Bruce Hamilton Company, the publisher and leading secondary market dealer in these prints.
Sailing the Spanish Main
An Embarrassment of Riches
In Uncle Walt's Collectery
If you prefer the Gold Plate edition, I am also offering number 71 in the edition of only 100 copies. This lithograph is nicely matted and framed, ready to hang on your wall. There is a very small crease in the white border area of the upper left-hand corner (not affecting the image) that is invisible except upon close examination and which could easily be completely covered by rematting. The current estimate of its market value is $3750. I am offering it, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for 35% less than that: $2437
Return to Morgan's Island
First National Bank of
Trespassers Will Be Ventilated
Return to Plain Awful
Holiday in Duckburg
An Astronomical Predicament
The Stone That Turns All Metals
Mardi Gras Before the Thaw
This Dollar Saved My Life at
Perhaps you would be interested in one of the lithographs from the "smaller" editions. When the prices of the large lithographs began to command impressive prices on the secondary market, a series of smaller signed and numbererd lithographs were produced in an effort to make a more affordable product available to those of lesser means. I have the following available for sale.
Gifts For Shacktown
This is number 409/595 from this limited edition lithograph,
signed by the artist, Carl Barks. The image area of the
print measures approximately 8½ by
10 inches. The current estimate of its value, by the
original publisher, is $460. I am offering it, postpaid to
anywhere in the United States, for 20% less than that: $368
Always Another Rainbow
This is number 409/595 from this limited edition lithograph, signed by the artist, Carl Barks. The image area of the print measures approximately 8½ by 10 inches. The current estimate of its value, by the original publisher, is $1400. I am offering it, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for 20% less than that: $1120 [Sorry, already SOLD]
For a limited time (until I come to my senses) I'm also willing to part with my "Gold Plate" copy of this lithograph, number 99/100. The current estimate of its value is $2100. I am offering it, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for 20% less than that: $1680 [Sorry, already SOLD]
A 1934 Belchfire Runabout
Unlike lithographs, a serigraph (think "silk screen") has a "texture" due to the very large number of layers of color that are used to build each print. At least three large Barks serigraphs were issued by the Carl Barks Studios. These are also found in more than one edition.
Rich Finds At Inventory
While many Barks paintings are based on a comic book cover or story, each of the money bin oils is essentially "new." This one, however, does contain a favorite and familiar image--that of Scrooge playing the cash register as if it were a musical instrument. This painting, while essentially original in concept, was inspired by the cover of Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge Comics #5, the Spring 1954 issue.
This is one of only five paintings that I have previously showcased on my main Carl Barks page as a candidate for his "best" oil painting.
In addition to the expected money bin elements, this painting contains excellent lighting, composition, and balance, and also tells a little story. Notice that the nephews are winding up and releasing little mechanical mice which are destined to disrupt the rapture with which Scrooge "plays" the ledger-as-sheet-music. Also the larger foreground figures combine with other elements to produce a nice three dimensional effect.
This remarkable and highly desirable oil painting is being offered for sale by Heritage Auction Galleries in its forthcoming auction to be held August 1 - 4, 2007. The catalog mailing and Internet bidding will begin on July 14, 2007. I invite you to see details, place your bids, and follow the results of this auction at the Heritage Auction Galleries web page. This original oil painting measures 16 by 20 inches and is nicely presented in a modestly handsome frame with a brass plaque stating the name. It was painted by Mr. Barks in 1973.
To the best of my knowledge this is only the second time a Barks "money bin" painting from the early-70s period has been offered to the public in many years. On June 4, 2007, the auction house of Bonhams and Butterfields sold the 1975 painting "Hands Off My Playthings" for $204,000. Who knows what "Spoiling the Concert" will sell for, but it is a superior image to that of "Playthings" and I would remind you that the highest previously reported sale of a Carl Barks original oil painting, that of "Mardi Gras Before The Thaw," was realized by Sotheby's auction house in the Spring of 1997, when that painting sold for a total price to the buyer of $505,000. "Spoiling the Concert" may well sell for less than that. On the other hand, "Mardi Gras ..." is not a "money bin" painting and it is of relatively recent origin, not rendered during Mr. Barks' prime 1970s period. Whoever ends up with "Spoiling the Concert" will have a unique item and, if the experience of the previous owner who held it for some 30 years is any indication, will take great pleasure with it every day that passes.
Mr. Barks passed away, August 25, 2000, at age 99, so there will be no further wonderful images from his hand. Who knows if or when another money bin painting will be offered to the market? Critics once pronounced that the work of Norman Rockwell (a mere "illustrator") would never bring such a price. I invite you to inquire into what his best work is going for at auction today. This may be a singular chance of a lifetime to own such a wonderful Carl Barks original oil painting.
In 1981, Russ Cochran and Bruce Hamilton published a book entitled "The Fine Art of Walt Disney's Donald Duck," a heavyweight volume that featured color pictures of all 122 Barks Disney oil paintings produced to that date.
The book was published in a very limited edition of only 1,875 signed and numbered copies, some of them in a blue binder and some in maroon. It was produced using high grade glossy paper stitched in a heavy top-of-the-line binding and came in a sturdy matching slipcase. The overall product was so exceptional that it won a prestigious industry award for its binding. Because of the exceptionally small print run, not to mention the extraordinary contents, this book which sold for $150 per copy upon publication is now valued at something like $2,000 -- if you are lucky enough to find a willing seller. I am offering a copy of the blue-binding edition (#1713/1875) in absolutely like-new condition, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for significantly less than that: $1895 [Sorry, already SOLD]
However, if you like the maroon-binding edition, I am offering a copy (#294/1875) which is also in like-new condition with the exception of relatively insignificant small scuff marks on the slipcase (present since original issue), postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for only: $1695 [Sorry, already SOLD]
I will be out of the country from July 4 to July 18, 2007. If you are interested in purchasing a Barks item from this page, you may contact me after July 18.
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