A Look Inside the Catalogue



charles addams

Lot 1Charles Addams, Addams Family Barge, image for Mobil Oil, watercolor, pen, ink & correction fluid, 1984.

Sold for $14,300.



Lot 57: McClelland Barclay, Couple Wearing Snowshoes, oil on canvas, cover illustration for The Country Gentleman magazine, February 1930. Sold for $9,375.





This sale featured new-to-market works by Charles Addams consigned by the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation, including a cartoon depicting the entire Addams Family, and a 1957 cover for The New Yorker.


Highlights from a private collection included nostalgia-inducing works by some of the most celebrated American illustrators, among them McClelland Barclay, Orson Lowell, Norman PriceEverett Shinn and Leslie Thrasher. The group featured a wide range of Saturday Evening Post covers and story illustrations.





Lot 76: Lucille Corcos, Weekend Chores, egg tempera on masonite. Sold for an auction record of $10,000. 



The sale also showcased the largest portion of works by Edward Gorey ever to come to market. Of the 12 works by the beloved master of the macabre, there are costume and set designs, as well as numerous trial and published illustrations for book covers, which included Chance, a Novel by Joseph Conrad and Cobweb Castle



edward gorey

Lot 101: Edward Gorey, Skeletons and Hiding Figures, pen and ink, circa 1980s. Sold for $18,750.




Lot 31: Jean de Brunhoff, Le Roi Babar, ink and watercolor, cover illustration for first French Edition of the third Babar book, 1933. Sold for $40,000.

rafael desoto

Lot 188: Raphael Desoto, As They Leapt Off the Page, oil on canvas, circa 1933. Sold for $4,420.



As always, the sale boasted a large section of Man-cave-iana, including works by Mort Künstler and James Bama. Many charged pulp works from 1940s and 1950s men's adventure magazines feature damsels in distress, saloon shoot-outs, and men on the lam. This section included a presumed early pulp cover by Rafael DeSoto. 



charlie brown

Lot 237: Charles M. Schulz, early "Peanuts" comic, pen and ink, published 1957. Sold for $12,500. 








Following record-setting results in September, this sale featured a 1933 cover for Harper’s Bazaar by graphic artist Erté. As demand continues to grow for works by Aubrey Beardsley, we were pleased to offer two more ornaments from Le Morte d'ArthurThe sale also had two original works by Ludwig Bemelmans. One, published in Madeline and the Bad Hat, is titled "He said–let's play a game of tag and let the cat out of the bag," 1956. The other is a sketch for Madeline in London, featuring a double-decker bus touring the Royal Exchange, circa 1961. Beloved children's book author and illustrator Dr. Seuss is represented in the sale as well with early cartoons and drawings. 





Lot 85: Erté, Sports d'Hiver, gouache, cover illustration for Harper's Bazaar, February 1933. Sold for $8,125. 



dr. seuss

Lot 241: Dr. Seuss [Theodor Geisel], A Gentle Sport, Forsooth, published in Judge Magazine,

April 14, 1929. Sold for $8,450.






Complete Results





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