Schulz, Gorey draw bidders for Swann June 24 illustration art sale

Edward Gorey 1979 postcard design, created for the purpose of replying to his fan mail, estimated at $4,000-$6,000

Edward Gorey 1979 postcard design, estimated at $4,000-$6,000

NEW YORK — Illustration Art is at Swann Galleries June 24. The sale will feature original works by luminaries such as Al Hirschfeld, Edward Gorey and Jo Mielziner, alongside cover designs for The New Yorker, Sunday comics, book illustrations and more. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Charles Schulz leads the sale with two original 1971 four-panel Peanuts comic strips that follow Lucy as she tries to prepare for the Christmas skating show. Each are estimated at $15,000-$25,000. Additional comics and cartoons include a run of Pat Sullivan Felix the Cat Sunday funnies by Otto Messmer, who worked for Pat Sullivan Studios, estimated at $5,000-$7,000 and $3,000-$5,000, respectively; a three-panel 1973 Hagar the Horrible strip by Dik Browne, estimated at $600-$900; Norman Mingo with studies for covers of 1970s issues of Mad Magazine, each estimated at $1,200-$1,800; and cartoons for Playboy, Wall Street Journal, and more.

Al Hirschfeld caricatures will include Damon Runyon, a circa-1980 pen and ink drawing of the American short story writer whose tales are responsible for the basis of the 1950 musical Guys and Dolls, estimated at $3,000-$4,000; and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in “Private Lives,” a 1983 illustration of the Broadway revival of Noel Coward’s play, published in The New York Times. It carries an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.

Swann’s illustration sales often include a robust selection of costume and set design; theater will feature Adrianne Lobel with 26 original scenic concept designs for the Tony Award–winning 1983 Broadway musical My One and Only, estimated at $6,000-$9,000; and Jo Mielziner with two proposed scenic designs: the first for a stage production of Tennessee Williams’s Camino Real, circa 1950, estimated at $600-$900, and the second for a stage production of The Great Gatsby, estimated at $600-$900.

Charles Schulz, original 1971 four-panel ‘Peanuts’ comic strip, estimated at $15,000-$25,000

Charles Schulz, original 1971 four-panel ‘Peanuts’ comic strip, estimated at $15,000-$25,000

House favorite Edward Gorey is on offer with a run of six original works. Highlights feature Dogear Wryde Postcards Interpretive Series, 1979, a group of 11 pen-and-ink illustrations for the postcard series, estimated at $7,000-$10,000; three separate designs used in the various stage productions of Amphigorey, circa 1992–2002, estimated at $6,000-$9,000; and the 1979 postcard Gorey designed for the purpose of replying to fan mail, which reads “You’ve written me to no avail, because I never read my mail,” estimated at $4,000-$6,000.

Children’s illustrations offerings include a series of works by Arnold Lobel: a 1976 pen-and-ink drawing for the story The Surprise, estimated at $4,000-$6,000, and two 1981 illustrations for The Frog and Toad Coloring Book, each estimated at $3,000-$4,000. Also available is a Chris van Allsburg 1987 conte crayon on board for The Z Was Zapped, The J was rather Jittery, estimated at $6,000-$9,000; the full cover design created for the John Lane re-issue of The Song of Sixpence Picture Book from the George Routledge Picture Books series of the 1870s by Walter Crane, estimated at $4,000-$6,000; C.F. Payne with Micawber – Imitating Norman Rockwell’s Triple Self-Portrait, a 2002 acrylic, watercolor and colored pencil work, published in Micawber by John Lithgow, estimated at $800-$1,200; as well as works by William Pene du Bois, Lynn Munsinger, Tomi Ungerer, Ludwig Bemelmans, Tomie de Paola, and more.

Additional highlights include book and magazine illustrations with Haddon Sundblom’s 1942 illustration for the story All a Girl Needs by Gladys Taber, published in The Ladies’ Home Journal, estimated at $8,000-$10,000; Brian Froud’s double-panel watercolor, gouache and ink work for 1977’s The Land of Froud, estimated at $6,000-$9,000; as well as a run of sci-fi images by Don Brautigam.


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