Comics that defined the twentieth century include Peanuts strips by Charles Schulz and an extremely rare early four-panel strip for Blondie, depicting Blondie and Dagwood before they were married, by Chic Young, the creator of the strip, which is continued today by his son, Dean Young.
Lot 183; Charles Schulz, Do you like Beethoven?, pen & ink Peanuts comic strip, signed & inscribed, 1970. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.
Lot 18: Rick Meyerowitz, BVD Raid, watercolor & colored pencil, advertisement for BVD: The Great American Underwear Company, 1980. Estimate $1,500 to $2,500.
New Yorker Cartoons & Covers
Covers and cartoons for The New Yorker spanning the lifetime of the publication include a charming view of a Penguin Convention, 1977, by Charles Addams, and Rick Meyerowitz and Maira Kalman’s famous New Yorkistan, the acknowledged first comic relief for the city after September 11, 2001.
Lot 249: Rick Meyerowitz & Maira Kalman, New Yorkistan, pen, ink & watercolor, sketch for The New Yorker cover, with signed poster, 2001. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.
Lot 233: Charles Addams, Penguin Convention, watercolor, cover for The New Yorker, 1977. Estimate $15,000 to $25,000.
Lot 25: Bemelmans, Elephant, sketch for Rosebud, ink & watercolor, 1942. Estimate $3,000 to $5,000.
Classic Children’s Book Illustrations
Leading the children’s book section is an original cover for Nancy Drew Mystery Stories: The Secret in the Old Attic by Russell Tandy. In addition to a drawing by Jessie Willcox Smith for the classic 1922 edition of Johanna Spyri’s Heidi, the sale boasts a large selection of works by Edward Gorey.
Lot 45: Russell H. Tandy, The Secret in the Old Attic, watercolor, pencil, ink & gouache, cover of Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #21, 1944. Estimate $15,000 to $25,000.
Lot 42: Jessie Willcox Smith, Touching, watercolor, for The Five Senses by Angela M. Keyes, 1911. Estimate $12,000 to $18,000.
Lot 50: Garth Williams, Dance Party, pen & ink, illustration for The Rescuers by Margery Sharp, 1959. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.
The popular theater section offers works by Pavel Tchelitchew and an early set design for Death of a Salesman by Jo Mielziner. There will also be charming costume designs by Motley for the hit musical South Pacific, 1949, and a buoyant design for Doctor Jazz, 1975, by Raoul Pène du Bois.
Lot 156: Al Hirschfeld, Cabin in the Sky, ink & correction fluid, published in The Herald Tribune, 1940. Estimate $5,000 to $7,000.
Lot 161: Jo Mielziner, Death of a Salesman, graphite, ink & wash, 1949. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.
Lot 165: Raoul Pène du Bois, Doctor Jazz, for the Broadway musical, gouache on board, 1975. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.