Monday, July 19, 2010

If I Had Uncle Scrooge's Money, I'd Be Bidding

DALLAS, TX -- Paintings by Carl Barks, longtime Disney artist and creator of Uncle Scrooge, have long been among the most sought-after comic art items, with few offered for public sale and those that were most always saddled with a six-figure reserve price. On Friday, Aug. 6, however, Heritage Auctions will be auctioning 10 original Barks paintings, without reserves, in a special session devoted to the collection of Maryland radio executive Kerby Confer.

“It’s been common knowledge in the hobby for years that Kerby Confer owned most of the best Barks paintings, which is why they’ve been off the market so long,” said Barry Sandoval, Director of Operations of the Comics category at Heritage.

Though his name never appeared in a Disney comic, Barks wrote and drew Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge in some of the bestselling comics of the 1950s and 1960s. His rollicking adventure tales have been cited as an inspiration by the likes of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and mystery writer Janet Evanovich.

4 comments:

Gerard said...

My mother used to buy Scrooge McDuck comics for my brother and I to read during long car trips.

Scott Cupp said...

I'd be bidding too, Bill. I do have a signed Barks' print of Donald Duck as The Sheriff of Bullet Valley on the wall right above my computer for inspiration. But I'd rather than an original painting!

Anonymous said...

When Barks first began doing duck painting, ca. 1971, I was invited to get on the waitlist. At the time a painting cost $400. I was just out of grad school and didn't have the money. Aargh!!
Art Scott

Bill Crider said...

Had you but known . . . .