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Winning Bid:
$26,609.00 (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
6.75x28.75" thin artboard features four-panel strip w/pen and ink original art by Charles Schulz for daily strip that was published Aug. 16, 1960. Great baseball strip features Charlie Brown on pitcher's mound. First panel features Charlie proclaiming "A Home Run! Good Grief!" followed by Linus Van Pelt walking to the mound, saying "Thus Endeth The Ball Game," a sentiment Charlie echoes in last panel. Schulz has signed last name at bottom of last panel. Second panel has United Features Syndicate Inc. copyright strip. 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. Top left margin has been inscribed/signed in blue ink "For Fritz & Lou - 'Thus Endeth The Bridge Game'" and has been signed "Sparky" by Schulz. Back has UFS copyright stamps (which have been crossed out in blue ink). Artboard has some lt. margin aging w/two faint vertical streaks of moisture staining in second panel, but art o/w remains clean and VF/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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