Investment Grade Collectibles For Sale

Mr. Barks passed away on August 25, 2000, at the age of 99.


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".

Potential buyers are urged to review the Terms and Conditions at the bottom of this page.  For your convenience, you may scroll the entire page or use one of the links below to advance to the area of your choice.





Limited Edition Lithographs

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

This is large lithograph #1 in the series of 24 issued by "Another Rainbow" in 1982.  This is number 109 in the single limited edition of 245 copies.  Nearly everyone who owns one of these "rarest of all" Barks lithographs is holding onto it.  The current estimate of its market value is $11,000.  For a limited time (until I decide to frame and keep it) this exceptional lithograph, is being offered postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for 10% less than that:  $9900   [Sorry, already SOLD]



An Embarrassment of Riches

This is large lithograph #2 in the series of 24 issued by "Another Rainbow."  This is number 243 in a limited edition of 395 copies, nicely matted and framed.  The current estimate of its market value is $4300.  I am offering it, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for 25% less than that:  $3225   [Sorry, already SOLD]



In Uncle Walt's Collectery

This is large lithograph #5 in the series of 24, issued by "Another Rainbow" in 1984.  This is number 301 in the regular edition of 345 copies.  The current estimate of its market value is $2500.  I am offering it, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for 30% less than that:  $1750

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

This is large lithograph #6 in the series of 24 issued by "Another Rainbow."  This is number 179 in a limited edition of 395 copies.  The current estimate of its market value is $1750.  I am offering it, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for 30% less than that:  $1225



First National Bank of Cibola

This is large lithograph #10 in the series of 24 that have been issued by "Another Rainbow."  This is number 96 in the "Gold Plate" limited edition of only 100 copies.  The current estimate of its market value is $1875.  I am offering it, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for 35% less than that:  $1218   [Sorry, already SOLD]




Trespassers Will Be Ventilated

This is large lithograph #11 in the series of 24 that have been issued by "Another Rainbow."  This is number 28 in the "Gold Plate" limited edition of only 100 copies, one of the most popular images from the many adventures of Uncle Scrooge.  The current estimate of its market value is $1850.  I am offering it, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for 30% less than that:  $1295   [Sorry, already SOLD]



Return to Plain Awful

This is large lithograph #13 in the series of 24 issued by "Another Rainbow."  The image is based on the famous "Square Eggs" story and is number 96 in the "Gold Plate" limited edition of only 100 copies.  The current estimate of its market value is $1950.  I am offering it, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for 25% less than that:  $1462   [Sorry, already SOLD]



Holiday in Duckburg

This is large lithograph #14 in the series of 24 issued by "Another Rainbow."  Great image in which the gang's all here: Gladstone, Daisy, even Gyro Gearloose!  This is number 96 in the "Gold Plate" limited edition of only 100 copies.  The current estimate of its market value is $2250.  I am offering it, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for 25% less than that:  $1687   [Sorry, already SOLD]



An Astronomical Predicament

This is large lithograph #15 in the series of 24 issued by "Another Rainbow."  This is number 96 in the "Gold Plate" limited edition of only 100 copies.  The current estimate of its market value is $1500.  I am offering it, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for 15% less than that:  $1275   [Sorry, already SOLD]




The Stone That Turns All Metals Gold

This is large lithograph #17 in the series of 24 issued by "Another Rainbow."  This is number 96 in the "Gold Plate" limited edition of only 100 copies.  The current estimate of its market value is $1800.  I am offering it, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for 35% less than that:  $1170




Mardi Gras Before the Thaw

This is large lithograph #18 in the series of 24 issued by "Another Rainbow."  The original oil painting of this image sold for half a million dollars, but you can have this one at a nice price. This is number 96 in the "Gold Plate" limited edition of only 100 copies.  The current estimate of its market value is $2250.  I am offering it, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for 25% less than that:  $1687   [Sorry, already SOLD]



This Dollar Saved My Life at Whitehorse

This is large lithograph #21 in the series of 24 issued by "Another Rainbow."  The original oil painting of this image is considered by many to be the best of all the "money bin" paintings.  This is number 32 in the "Gold Plate" limited edition of only 100 copies.  There were no special or foreign editions, so only a very few collectors will ever own this remarkable print.  The current estimate of its market value is $2850.  I am offering it, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for 5% less than that:  $2700  [Sorry, already SOLD]



Too Rich For Your Blood?

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 print was inspired by one of the best remembered holiday stories, Christmas For Shacktown, that appeared in Donald Duck Four Color comics #367, the January 1952 issue. 

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

The name of this print was inspired by a well-remembered quotation of Scrooge McDuck, from which the name of the company that produced these lithographs was also taken.

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

This is large lithograph #4 in the series of 24 issued by "Another Rainbow," in 1984, in recognition of Donald Duck's 50th birthday.  I am offering number 100 in the "Gold Plate" limited edition of only 100 copies, the current market value estimate of which is $3300.  However, this one is missing the certificate of authenticity and is otherwise short of investment grade quality.  On the other hand, it would be very handsome, indeed, if properly matted and framed.  If you are interested, at the giveaway price of only  $985, please inquire for further details.



Limited Edition Serigraphs

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.


Golden Fleece

The image in this first of the serigraphs is based on the December 1956 story "The Golden Fleecing," that appeared in Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge Comics #12.  The original 12" x 24" oil was painted in 1972.  The 96-color serigraph was produced in "general," "remarqued," and "deluxe" editions, the latter being not on rag paper but, rather, on maple wood.  The deluxe edition sold in the year of its original issue (1993) for $3000.  Only 65 of the deluxe edition were produced (an edition of 50 plus 15 artists proofs) and close to half of them were destroyed in a flood.  In February 1998, the Carl Barks Studio estimated the value of the remaining copies at $6000.  I am offering #16 from the deluxe edition, a "just-like-new" copy, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for:  $4935   [Sorry, already SOLD]


Rich Finds At Inventory Time

Perhaps the best known of the three serigraphs, "Rich Finds..." is a reproduction of the largest oil painting Mr. Barks has ever done.   The serigraph may or may not be exactly the same size as the painting, but it is quite large, measuring 28" by 35".  The original issue price of this serigraph, in 1994, was $3000.  I am offering a very low number (3/100) from the "remarqued" edition, custom double matted and framed, postpaid to anywhere in the United States, for:  $3385   [Sorry, already SOLD]


Original Oil Painting


Spoiling the Concert

This is one of only a very few so-called "money bin" paintings, carefully rendered, coin by coin, by Mr. Barks.  "Spoiling the Concert" is one of the lesser known of the money bin oils.  It has not been reproduced as a lithograph and the image does not appear on a calendar, as a poster, or elsewhere, as far as I know.

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.


The Fine Art of Walt Disney's Donald Duck


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]



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