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Other collectibles

Other collectibles

During the years 1981 to 2000, Carl Barks was involved in the creation and release of numerous different limited-edition collectibles some of which were extremely rare or special in nature. This category will feature these kinds of exclusive and rare specialty items.

Christmas on Bear Mountain – unique prototype tile

This unique prototype tile was created by Carl Barks Studio in the 1990s and submitted to Disney for approval as a limited edition release. However, Disney turned it down, citing that it was “not happy enough”. This was even despite the fact that Carl Barks loved its design which was based on his very first story featuring Scrooge McDuck. As a result, this is the only Carl Barks Studio tile featuring this image making this a one-of-a-kind collectible. The tile measures approx. 25 x 32 cm. is mounted in a black frame measuring approx. 45 x 50 cm.
This is a completely unique and highly investment-worthy tile with a strong provenance in that it has only had one previous owner: Carl Barks’ former manager. The tile is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Carl Barks Studio.

Will be available and offered for sale at BogForum in Copenhagen on 5 November 2021.

Fifty Stingy Years Worth – tile set, including prototype

This is not just one, but two copies of the fine art tile Fifty Stingy Years Worth, produced by Carl Barks Studio in the 1990s in a very limited edition. The art tiles are extremely popular among collectors because the underlying production technique ensures that the colours in the tiles are both extremely deep and that they never fade.
What makes this set truly special is the fact that it consists of one of the officially released art tiles (the one on the right) as well as a unique prototype (the tile on the left). The latter features certain colours that were not used for the official release. Such prototypes rarely find their way into the collector’s market and this particular set has belonged to Carl Barks’ former manager from the time they were produced back in the 1990s until the gallery acquired them earlier this year.
Both tiles measure approx. 25 x 32 cm. and are mounted in a black frame measuring approx. 45 x 50 cm. To top it all off, both tiles are hand-signed by Carl Barks and accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Carl Barks Studio.
This is a completely unique and highly investment-worthy set with a strong provenance.

Will be available and offered for sale at BogForum in Copenhagen as of 5 November 2021.

Sailboat and Sheriff of Bullet Valley sericel prototypes

These prototypes are made in the same way as the cartoon cells known from Disney’s classic film production, ie. these are hand-painted/hand-applied images on celluloid, which have then been superimposed on similarly hand-painted backgrounds. The colour richness and image rendering is thus razor sharp and can – in terms of pure visual quality and effect – easily match Barks’ exclusive lithographs.

The story behind these prototypes is that they should have been put into serial production and released in limited and numbered editions through Disney World and the Disneyland Park galleries in the late 1990s. However, legal problems allegedly arose – probably in relation to Another Rainbow, which had already in 1987 released the same two images in poster format. Another and equally plausible reason why these cells were never put into serial production is simply the fact that it would have become a hugely costly affair.

Will be available and offered for sale at BogForum in Copenhagen as of 5 November 2021.

Carl Barks, Time Out For Fun: A Set of Progressive Proofs

This was to be the 18th mini-litho in the series, however, this lithograph was never officially released by Another Rainbow, making it rarer than Duck teeth. This progressive proof set includes the 23 layers of color used to create this amazing money-bin scene. Each print print features a gold foil edging and the final and 23rd print also a “Gold Plate Edition” embossed seal. The final print is signed by Carl Barks and numbered PP5. These prints – each measuring approx.  27.5 x 33.5 cm – are each in their own mylar sleeve, and then housed in a blue clamshell box. Accompanied by a detailed certificate of authenticity, which states: “The process colors represent multiple exotic combinations of inks that were used with each mixture or laboratory blend and are individually identified. In some cases, a plate or ‘color’ may have been run through the press a second or third time with different intensities of ink to achieve a desired effect. As an artist’s painting is incomplete until the last brush of color is added, the history of the making of the lithograph is built, step-by-step, by the addition of colors until the last progressive is printed. These proof sets show, layer upon layer, how the print looked at various stages of its production.”

Although this is item technically comprises a set of Carl Barks lithographs, we have opted to showcase it in this category as this set is so much more than that. These progressive sets are few and far between in that only 5 sets plus a few proofs (of which this is PP3) were ever put into production making this an extremely rare collectible for the discerning collector.

Storage box for Carl Barks mini lithographs

Hand-crafted, foil-stamped, clamshell storage box released by Another Rainbow. This extremely rare burgundy storage box is designed to hold the Carl Barks mini lithographs and measures approx.  37.5 x 32 x 5 cm. The box is in very fine condition.

Sold

My Hat is Off to Denmark!

Exclusive lithographic print based on the original watercolor made by Carl Barks and given to the Danish publishing company, Egmont, during his European Tour in 1994. This original was subsequently used to make a strictly limited-edition print in just 70 or so copies which were given to various key employees at Egmont. This rarity has thus never been offered for sale to the general public and rarely surfaces on the secondary market due to its extremely low print-run. The print offered here is in mint condition and professionally framed to a total size of 50 x 40 cm.

€675.00

King Beowulf

This lithograph was released in 1980 in one single edition of 300 signed and numbered units plus 50 artist’s proofs. Carl Barks was given #1/300 making this lithograph (#2/300) the then-current lowest number offered for public sale. What makes this particular lithograph extra special is the fact that each of the former owners have written their names and acqusition dates on the back. A more detailed provenance is difficult to come by. The lithograph is in pristine condition and beautifully framed to a total size of approx. 82 x 64 cm.

€1,400.00

Carl Barks Lavender and Old Lace: A Set of Progressive Proofs

This lovely portrait of the Duck Family by Carl Barks was inspired by the cover of Four Color #450, published in 1953. This was the 11th mini-litho in the series. This progressive proof set includes the 23 layers of color used to create this amazing image of the Duck family. The final print has a gold foil edging and “Gold Plate Edition” embossed seal. It is signed by Carl Barks in the lower right and numbered 1 of 5. These prints – each measuring approx.  27.5 x 33.5 cm – are each in their own mylar sleeve, and then housed in a blue clamshell box. Accompanied by a detailed certificate of authenticity, which states: “The process colors represent multiple exotic combinations of inks that were used with each mixture or laboratory blend and are individually identified. In some cases, a plate or ‘color’ may have been run through the press a second or third time with different intensities of ink to achieve a desired effect. As an artist’s painting is incomplete until the last brush of color is added, the history of the making of the lithograph is built, step-by-step, by the addition of colors until the last progressive is printed. These proof sets show, layer upon layer, how the print looked at various stages of its production.”

Although this is item technically comprises a set of Carl Barks lithographs, we have opted to showcase it in this category as this set is so much more than that. These progressive sets are few and far between in that only 5 sets plus a few proofs (of which this is PP3) were ever put into production making this an extremely rare collectible for the discerning collector.

€2,000.00