August 2, 2021

the F’murrr boards donated to the State

The news was never made public. A little over a year ago, the heirs of Richard Peyzaret, better known as F’murrr, donated most of the comic book author’s plates and illustrations to the state. , notably known for his series The genius of the mountain pastures (Dargaud). Intended to pay the draftsman’s inheritance costs but also to preserve his work, this donation is a first in the history of the 9e art and could inspire many rights holders, faced with soaring market prices for comic book originals and worried about seeing the artistic heritage of their ancestors dispersed.

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The story begins in 2018. On April 10, F’murrr suddenly dies. Like most comic book authors, the septuagenarian has not prepared his succession. Never married, without children, it was his two sisters, then aged 79 and 80, who were responsible for the inheritance. In her Parisian apartment, they find more than a thousand plates, album covers, illustrations, preparatory sketches … « Richard kept most of his original drawings, he still had almost all the plates from the Alpine engineering, the complete albums of Poor Knight and Blind, preparatory files, many press cartoons, posters for festivals … », remembers Barbara Pascarel, author and friend of the designer, who took care of the estate with Elisabeth Walter, another close friend.

Me Eric Dumeyniou, auctioneer: “The proposed collection is exceptionally rich because it is representative of all of F’murrr’s drawn work. Its value and interest are considerable ”

At the time, F’murrr’s boards were already selling for between 1,000 and 2,000 euros each on the original market, which caused the amount of the estate to swell. “Transfer taxes were high, with assets exceeding 300,000 euros. There was a real risk that the heiresses would refuse the inheritance because they did not have the means to pay ”, assures Alexis Fournol, lawyer specializing in the art world. Very quickly the idea of ​​a donation imposed itself. Created in 1968, this system makes it possible to settle a tax debt by ceding to the State works with a “High artistic or historical value”. “But it was a bet because a donation had never been made for comics”, confides Mme Pascarel.

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