One-of-a-kind Charles Schulz Peanuts Comic Strip Expected To Draw Record-breaking Bids At Auction

Nate D. Sanders, Inc. is currently having another auction of rare, one-of-a-kind books, autographs and Hollywood memorabilia. See all of the items at www.natedsanders.com.
 
 
March 24, 2009 - PRLog -- LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Ten years after he stopped creating his famous Peanuts comic strip, and nine years after his death, Charles Schulz is still attracting attention.  California-based autograph, rare book and Hollywood memorabilia dealer Nate Sanders is amazed at the attention an original Peanuts comic strip -- hand-drawn and signed by Schulz -- is drawing to his auction house, and believes the one-of-a-kind piece could draw record-breaking bids late this month when his current auction closes.

Thousands of adoring fans are still hungry for anything having to do with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts gang.  The original comic strip Sanders is auctioning is an April Fool’s Day strip from 1973.  Though Schulz published his Sunday “Peanuts” strips from 1952 to early 2000, only six of the approximately 2,500 Sunday pages were April Fool's Days.  Last year, a pair of original Peanuts comic strips - one daily and one Sunday - sold for a combined $106,270 at an auction in New York.

Considered a classic both by his biographer and by the artist himself, this April Fool's strip illustrates three essential “Peanuts” themes: the perpetual tension between Lucy and Charlie Brown; Charlie Brown's unquenchable capacity for hope; and his perpetual longing for the Little Red-Haired Girl.  In 1975 Schulz published “Peanuts Jubilee: My Life and Art With Charlie Brown,” celebrating 25 years of the beloved comic strip. Included with the 134 plates, chosen by the artist himself, is a color version of the very strip that is up for auction. Later, in the 2007 biography “Charles Schulz and Peanuts,” by David Michaelis, the biographer chose only 17 Sunday pages, including the April Fools Day 1973 strip.  

This Peanuts comic strip being auctioned was given by Charles Schulz to fellow professional cartoonist Ashleigh Brilliant (creator of “Pot-Shots”) at a 1975 meeting of the Northern California Cartoon and Humor Association in San Francisco. It has been kept in the artist's personal collection since then.  This is the first time the original 24-inch by 18-inch art – which includes “Best Wishes, Charles Schulz” in the artist’s handwriting – has been auctioned.  Sanders describes the piece as “exceptional and in very good condition.”

For the past 30 years, Sanders has been one of the industry’s most respected experts and dealers.  A collector since the late 1970s, Sanders was already widely known in collectors’ circles when he opened his auction business in Los Angeles in 1990.  Today, he conducts six major auctions every year drawing bidders, collectors and investors from around the world.  In recent years, Sanders has been increasingly viewed as an expert on Schulz and the Peanuts comics.

Sanders’ current auction, which closes on March 31, 2009, includes the original Peanuts comic strip and many other unique items.  Sanders is also offering countless sports collectibles – including baseballs signed by Babe Ruth – and a variety of Hollywood memorabilia such as costumes and props from Star Trek, Jurassic Park and Battlestar Galactica.  All of Sanders’ auctions include rare books, autographs, sports collectibles and Hollywood memorabilia.

Sanders’ Brentwood-based business charges “zero percent” consignment rates while most auction companies charge 10 to 20 percent rates for consigned items.  He is always interested in buying unique items and collections.  To learn more about Nate Sanders, Inc. and to see a complete listing of items from his upcoming auction, go to www.NateDSanders.com.

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