The art will be sold along with pieces by Dr. Seuss, Beatrix Potter, Charles M. Schulz and others SLIDE SHOW
A rare collection of illustrations by the late beloved children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak is about to go on sale in New York. The collection was consigned to Swann Auction Galleries from the the wife of Sendak’s late friend Reed Orenstein, the latter having forged a lifelong friendship with the writer. Among other original illustrations, Orenstein’s collection contains a signed first edition copy of Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” and eight pencil sketches Sendak drew for his animated CBS show “Really Rosie,” which aired in 1975.
The items go on auction Jan. 24 along with art from other greats, including Dr. Seuss, Beatrix Potter, “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz, caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, and many others, some of which are featured below:
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- Dr. Seuss [Theodor Geisel], A Pair of Llamas in Peru, mixed media on board. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000. According to the catalog, "Peru was the inspiration for several images" Seuss made between 1932 and 1934, when he visited with his wife, Helen.
- Michael Hague. "The Hobbit"; watercolor for the J.R.R. Tolkien classic. 280 x 175 mm; 11 x 7 inches; signed in full in ink lower left. Estimate $1,000-1,500. Gandalf, Bilbo and a few of the 13 dwarves with the Lonely Mountain in the distance.
- Michael Hague. "The Lord of the Rings." Watercolor for J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring." 280 x 175 mm; 11 x 7 inches. Signed in full in ink lower right. Estimate $1,000-1,500. Gandalf battles the Balrog in the Mines of Moria.
- Fred Marcellino, "Slow Learner," 1950-54, mixed media cover art for Thomas Pynchon's book, 1984. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.
- Maurice Sendak, "Where the Wild Things Are," 25th Anniversary Edition, with an original ink drawing, New York, 1988. Estimate $5,000 to $7,500.
- Maurice Sendak, "Where the Wild Things Are," first edition, signed and inscribed with a drawing, New York, 1963. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.
- Maurice Sendak, eight signed concept sketches for CBS TV's Maurice Sendak's "Really Rosie," circa 1975. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.
- Charles M. Schulz, "Peanuts," original comic strip, March 1, 1953. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.
- Al Hirschfeld. Fanny Brice Singing "Modernistic Moe," in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936. Pen and ink on illustration board. Approximately 13 x <7 1>Garth Williams, "Little House on the Prairie," original ink drawing for the dust jacket of the book by Laura Ingalls Wilder, circa 1953. Estimate $30,000 to $40,000.Beatrix Potter, "The Cats' Meat Man," pencil drawing, circa 1895. Estimate $30,000 to $40,000
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