Covering anime classics like Astro Boy, Sailor Moon and Pokemon, Bonhams’ first anime world The online sale is scheduled to go live from January 24 to February 2 and will include over 150 rare cels and production drawings from the pre-digital animation era of handcrafted stop-motion art.

At the top of the inaugural sale is a production cell featuring pioneering director Hayao Miyazaki’s title character. Kiki’s Delivery Service with his companion Jiji, estimated between $15,000 and $25,000, an extraordinary gouache on celluloid. Created and originally released by Studio Ghibli in 1989, Kiki’s Delivery Service was the first film to be released with an English dub under the studio’s partnership with Disney less than a decade later.

Included in the auction are original production cels, Duga (draft) and Genga (cleanup) from studios such as Studio Ghibli, Toei Animation, Shin-Ei Animation, Tokyo Movie, OLM Inc. and Tezuka Productions regarding some of the most popular anime series and movies such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Dragon Ball Z, Slam Dunk, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Doraemon, Astro Boy and many more.

“Bonhams Popular Culture Department is thrilled to embark on a new adventure in the world of anime,” said Department Director Helen Hall. “With Hayao Miyazaki’s recent landmark exhibition at the Academy Museum in Los Angeles, we think it’s the perfect time to offer these unique treasures from some of the greatest manga and anime creators, directors, and studios.”

In addition to the online sale, there will be a virtual round table, “Into the Anime World” Tuesday, January 25 at 8 a.m. EST. Leading experts and scholars from around the world will delve into the fascinating and expansive world of anime; studio history, changes in international markets, collector trends and conservation tips for this very unique and valuable category. Register here.

Additional auction highlights include:

  • A verdant scene of My Neighbor Totoro featuring the characters Satsuki Kusakabe, Mei Kusakabe and Granny. With the art of Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli, 1988), it notably includes a background painted by hand by Nizo Yamamoto, one of Japan’s leading artistic directors and stage artists. East. $10,000 to $15,000.
  • Son Goku in Super Saiyan 3 Dragon Ball Z with the art of Naoko Takeuchi (Toei Animation, 1989-1996). East. $5,000 to $7,000.
  • Pikachu on the move since Pokemon with the art of Satoshi Tajiri (OLM Inc., 1997-2002). East. at $2,500-$3,500.