Maurice Sendak illustrations to go up for auction

The art will be sold along with pieces by Dr. Seuss, Beatrix Potter, Charles M. Schulz and others

By Prachi Gupta
January 8, 2013 4:30AM (UTC)
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Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are, first edition, signed and inscribed with a drawing, New York, 1963. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000. (Swann Auction Galleries)

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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Image credit: Swann Auction Galleries

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