Earlier today I had the pleasure of heading over to Heritage Auctions in New York City for a special preview of “The Art of Laika.” The lineup features screen-used puppets, hand-drawn concept artwork, hand-sculpted maquettes and loads more from all three of Laika’s Academy Award nominated films, Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls.
Heritage’s Director of Animation Art, Jim Lentz, was on hand to show us around and recall the process of getting Laika involved in the event:
“As a fan, I wrote them a letter telling them that I thought there was an opportunity to make their fans very happy and get their name much more widely known and then I also said there was a charity element into this that they probably hadn’t thought about and it is a charity close to their heart.”
And that charity is The Art of Elysium, an organization geared towards making art a catalyst for social change by bringing creativity and inspiration to children, artists and those in need. If you do decide to participate in “The Art of Laika,” you’d be purchasing some incredible artwork and supporting a great cause, but, as one might expect, some of the items are expecting to sell for quite the sum. Lentz predicts that the “Coraline Blue Star Sweater Original Animation Puppet” will be the top seller because it scored 11,000 views in just five days on their website.
Some of the items in the office did come with sell estimates and a number had $2,500 printed on their tags, but Lentz insisted that this sale will have something for everybody’s budget. Here’s what he recommends doing if you’d like to snag an item at a lower cost:
“I always say, buy what you like. And the other thing is, Heritage has a wonderful device called tracking and tracking means, if you have an account with us, which is free … you can hit tracking on 50 lots that you like and every day they’ll send you where the bids are at, and that will tell you what’s gonna be in your budget.”
You can check out my photos from “The Art of Laika” NYC preview below and if you’d like to bid on some of the items, you can do so on the Heritage Auctions website. The live auction will be held in Beverly Hills on February 12th.