Heritage to auction ‘Garfield’ original comic art in series of sales

Jim Davis

Jim Davis ‘Garfield’ daily comic strip original art dated 1-4-00 (PAWS/Universal Feature Syndicate, 2000), 14in x 4in. The piece includes a certificate of authenticity signed by Jim Davis. From the Jim Davis Collection. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – More than 10,000 pieces of original art for Jim Davis’ iconic Garfield comic strip, with daily strips valued upwards of $500 each, and Sunday strips considerably more, will be offered exclusively through Heritage Auctions over the coming years in a series of comics, animation and art auctions.

The collection features individual daily and Sunday strips by Jim Davis, the artist behind the most widely syndicated feature in the world, which reaches two million readers daily. Davis created the strip in 1978.

“Garfield is one of the most popular comic strips of all time, and has been for decades,” said Jim Halperin, co-chairman of Heritage Auctions. “It has matured into a wildly successful franchise, evolving from the strip that has appeared in newspapers around the world to a television show, multiple movies and an empire of licensed products. Collectors who pursue these strips by Jim Davis see the opportunity to acquire an important part of comic art history.”

The first offering of Davis’ Garfield comic strip art will be included in Heritage Auctions’ Comics, Animation & Art Weekly Online Auction on Sunday, Sept. 1, on HA.com. More Garfield strips will be featured in Heritage Auctions’ next comics Signature auction Nov. 21-23.