RR Auction delivers autographed letters in April 8 auction

The original ‘Peanuts’ daily comic strip drawn by Charles Schulz for May 30, 1958. RR Auction image

BOSTON – RR Auction will conduct an online auction of fine autographs and artifacts that will conclude on Wednesday, April 8. Headlining the sale is an original hand-inked four-panel Peanuts daily comic strip drawn by Charles Schulz for May 30, 1958, signed vertically in the last panel with his artist signature, “Schulz.” View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

The comic strip (above) follows a conversation between Linus and Charlie Brown: Linus asks, “Have you ever heard of the ‘Beat Generation,’ Charlie Brown?” Looking forlorn, Charlie replies: “Oh, yes … I’m a charter member!” Affixed at center is a 1958 United Feature Syndicate copyright notice. The lot includes a one-page typed letter (below) about this strip, signed “Charles M. Schulz,” on personal Peanuts letterhead.

The Charles Schulz letter that accompanies the ‘Peanuts’ daily comic strip. RR Auction image

“It’s an exceptionally desirable, early Peanuts strip, enhanced by Schulz’s original correspondence on the subject,” said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president at RR Auction.

Among other featured lots:

– A Claude Monet two-page signed letter in French on Giverny par Vernon letterhead, dated Nov. 2, 1921. The handwritten letter was written to art critic Gustave Geffroy, an early supporter of the Impressionists, regarding an appointment with a photographer. It is accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Monet’s hand.

– Pierre-Auguste Renoir three-page handwritten letter in French signed “Renoir,” on 1 Place de l’Eglise-du-Voeu letterhead, dated Jan. 25, 1914. The letter was sent to art dealer Ambroise Vollard regarding a sculptor. It is accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Renoir’s hand.

– A Marc Chagall artistically inscribed book by the great modernist. The hardbound book titled Chagall by Raymond Cogniat was published in Paris by Flammarion. It was artistically signed and inscribed on the half-title page in colored pencil, “Pour Edith et Maurice Schlogel, en souvenir, Marc Chagall, 1966,” with an additional fantastic sketch.

Raymond Cogniat’s book ‘Chagall’ is inscribed by the artist with an additional sketch of two green figures to the right of a multicolored spectacle. RR Auction image

– Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec letter by the important French painter and printmaker (1864-1901) whose lively, colorful portrayals of the people and places of fin-de-siècle Paris take place among the most iconic images of the era. The signed three-page letter is handwritten in French, signed “H,” undated and untranslated.

– Georges Braque original artist’s palette drawing by the Cubist innovator. The important French painter (1882-1963) who, along with Picasso, was one of the seminal figures in the development of Cubism. This original ink sketch of an artist’s palette, brushes and vase was accomplished by Braque on an off-white sheet and signed within the drawing, “G. Braque, 1953.” The work is double matted and framed to an overall size of 14¼ by 17 inches.

Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963) original ink sketch of an artist’s palette, brushes and vase. RR Auction image

Other highlights include a manuscript by Wilbur Wright, a fully signed Led Zeppelin II album, an important letter by Albert Einstein anticipating World War II, a handwritten letter by Malcolm X written from prison, and flown Robbins medallions from the collection of Apollo 17 moonwalker Gene Cernan.