Illustration Art

Visual storytelling plays a powerful role in our lives and history. Since its first dedicated sale in 2013, the Illustration Art department has celebrated the artistic achievements of illustrators from the last two centuries. The department handles original works of narrative art created for books and magazines, advertisements, set and costume designs for theater, dance, and film, fashion drawings, graphic novels, and comics & cartoons.

Because many of these works were not saved or exhibited when they were created, their scarcity and desirability make them highly collectible in today's marketplace.

These popular auctions regularly feature iconic children's and picture book illustrators such as Ludwig Bemelmans, Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Edmund Dulac, Maurice Sendak, and Arthur Rackham. Masters of the Brandywine School and Golden Age illustration have included N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parrish, J.C. Leyendecker, Jessie Willcox Smith, and Kate Greenaway.

Dazzling and important performing arts-related works by Al HirschfeldJo Mielziner, and Joe Eula, Erté and Georges Lepape have passed through our auction gallery.

Recent record prices for masters of book and magazine illustration for publications such as The Saturday Evening PostLIFE and Vogue include Joseph Kernan, Edmund Dulac, Edward Gorey, and female artists Ruth EastmanIlonka Karasz, and Neysa McMein.

We achieve high prices for comics and cartoons by Charles SchulzGeorge Herriman , and Otto Messmer. One of our most popular sale sections, the cartoons and cover art from The New Yorker, regularly features such greats as Charles Addams, Peter Arno, Richard Taylor, Arthur Getz, James Thurber, Saul Steinberg, and funny ladies Barbara Shermund, Roz Chast, Mary Petty, and Helen Hokinson.


Skye Lacerte

(212) 254-4710 ext.20

Leah Fletcher

(212) 254-4710 ext.21

Nigel Freeman

Head of Fine Art
(212) 254-4710 ext. 33

Lisa Crescenzo

Managing Director of Fine Art
(212) 254-4710 ext. 51

Department ScheduleSee Past Auctions

Jun 2012:00 PM ET

Illustration Art: Featuring Highlights from the Collection of Jules Feiffer

Sale 2673

Sep 26

New York Sale

Sale 2679

Winter 2024

Illustration Art

Sale 2690

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