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Logo 30 auction 30 is the name of the auction of thirty original drawings of François Schuiten. The auction is organized by Artcurial and will take place at Artcurial, 7 rond-point des Champs-Élysées, Paris on October 24, 2013 1).

This is a unique event, long overdue” said Artcurial. The author of the famous series “The Obscure Cities” have always refused to sell, except for rare exceptions. François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters even gave away their original pages of the books to maintain the possibility to reprint the books in best quality available in the future 2).

François Schuiten at Artcurial

You can download the (French) announcement of the auction: Announcement

Artcurial Sale: 2429
Location: Artcurial, 7 rond-point des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
Date: 24 Oct 2013 19:00
Auctioneer : François Tajan


Cover of the catalogue These thirty illustrations sweep the period from 1984 to 2012. We find the first image created in 1993 to decorate the metro station Arts et Métiers in Paris (estimate 25,000 to 35,000 euros), the cover of the book by Jules VerneParis in the Twentieth Century” in 1994 (25,000 to 35,000 euros ) and a set of illustrations dated 1997 for the World Expo 2000 in Hanover.

It will also be offered a portrait of the artist at work (25,000 to 35,000 euros), conducted as part of the Angoulême Festival in 2003, or a tribute to David by Michelangelo in 2004, Larousse (20,000 to 25,000 euros) 3).

Artcurial published a catalogue of this auction. The digital version can be downloaded: Catalogue.


The thirty drawings that have gone for sale:

First set Artwork by François Schuiten going for auction Second set Artwork by François Schuiten going for auction Third set Artwork by François Schuiten going for auction Fourth set Artwork by François Schuiten going for auction Fifth set Artwork by François Schuiten going for auction

Detailed pages of the artwork


François Schuiten had an interview with RFI about the auction.


Eric Leroy, an expert on public sale at Artcurial Schuiten expected higher prices. (photo:D. Pasamonik (L'Agence BD)

With an estimated total price ranged between 656.000 euros and 860.000 euros 4), the auction ended with a total selling price of 558.299 euros. An average price per sold artwork of 26.585 euros. The highest selling price was 37.894 euros for L'evasion 5).

No.NameEstimated price (EUR)Selling price (EUR)6)
2L'enfant De Phoebus18.000-22.00021.473
4Voyage Sous La Manche20.000-25.00022.736
5Metro Arts Et Metiers25.000-35.000Unsold
6Paris Au Xxe Siecle25.000-35.00031.578
7Ernest Solvay Et Son Temps23.000-28.00027.789
8Le Paradis22.000-28.000Unsold
9La Tour De Babel25.000-35.00026.526
10Le Gigantic25.000-35.00027.789
11Panorama - La Statue Mythique25.000-35.00031.578
12Panorama - La Cite25.000-35.00025.262
13Panorama – L’utopie Sociale22.000-28.00025.262
14Panorama - L'apocalypse22.000-28.000Unsold
15Panorama - L'utopie Mecanique20.000-25.00021.473
16Image Du Panorama De Planet Of Visions22.000-28.000Unsold
17La Cenerentola20.000-25.00025.262
18La Controverse Orthographique17.000-22.00025.262
19Solitude Des Latitudes18.000-25.00023.999
20Jules Verne25.000-30.00031.578
22Autoportrait Realise Dans Le Cadre Du Festival d'Angouleme 200325.000-35.00030.315
23Via Ferrata20.000-25.000Unsold
25Le Transsiberien20.000-25.00023.999
26Aux Confins Du Desert23.000-28.00022.736
27Les Vignes Du Diable20.000-25.000Unsold
29Les Barbares18.000-25.00026.526