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Winning Bid:
$15,930.00 (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)
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Auction #227- Part 2
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Item Description
7.5x28-5/8" thin artboard features four-panel strip w/pen and ink original art by Charles Schulz for daily strip that was published Sept. 16, 1965. Charlie Brown is seen seated at his school desk where teacher asks him for his 1,000 word essay on his summer. Charlie replies he only wrote a total of eight words and then says "Detail? Well, Yes, I Suppose I Could Have Gone Into More Detail... But With The Kind Of Summers I Have, It's Best To Try To Forget The Details." Schulz has signed last name at bottom of last panel. First 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. My Good Friend, Who Gives Me All Those Great Ideas'" and has been signed "Sparky" by Schulz. Artboard has some tiny scattered spots of ink transfer as folded and lt. margin aging and .5" tear at top center along fold line. Tiny sliver off upper left margin. Artboard is Fine/VF while art is 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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