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Winning Bid:
$20,703.10 (Includes 18% Buyer's Premium)
Bidding Ended:
Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Thursday, July 11, 2019 9:00:00 PM)
Time Left:
Auction #227- Part 2
Value Code:
N - $10,000 to $20,000 Help Icon
Item Description
6-7/8x29-1/8" thin artboard features four-panel strip w/pen and ink original art by Charles Schulz for daily strip that was published Aug. 8, 1961. Great baseball strip features Linus Van Pelt presenting letter to Charlie Brown, who reads it aloud. Letter is from baseball team, asking for a new manager, referring to their last manager as "A Real Blockhead." Letter is revealed to be from Lucy Van Pelt, causing Charlie to loudly exclaim "This Letter Is From My Own Team!!" in last panel. Schulz has signed last name in last panel. Second panel has United Features Syndicate Inc. copyright strip which had come loose and was torn. Reattached w/strip of tape. This is the original art that Schulz submitted to the syndicate for publication, w/vertical crease at center (not affecting art in any way) as mailed. Artboard has some lt. margin aging, but art o/w remains clean and Exc. Van Pelt Collection.

One of the things that secured Charles Schulz' "Peanuts" as one of the all-time great comic strips is the everyman quality Schulz gave his characters. This was in part due to Schulz borrowing from real life friends and family. Introduced March 3, 1952, Lucy quickly became one of the most popular "Peanuts" characters. But where did Lucy (and later her brothers Linus and Rerun) come from? It can be traced back to the year Schulz and his first wife spent in Colorado Springs, CO in 1951. While living there, they made friends with the neighbors, the Van Pelt Family. Anything familiar about that name? Well, the Van Pelt's daughter - Louanne Van Pelt - served as the inspiration and namesake for Lucy Van Pelt, and the rest is history.

We are pleased to offer this selection of items from the Van Pelt Collection, which features many items that were personalized by Schulz (known to friends and family as Sparky) to Louanne, including the original art for three "Peanuts" daily strips.
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