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.
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.
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.
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.
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 are set of Carl Barks lithographs, we have opted to showcase it here 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 were ever put into production making this an extremely rare collectible for the discerning collector.