5 incredible pieces of Dr Seuss memorabilia



2015-06-26 14:07:35

5. 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

This first edition copy of Dr Seuss' The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938) sold for $9,560 at Christie's New York in 2002.

It features an inscription to Helene, the wife of his editor, which reads: "For Helene with love Ted (Dr. Seuss) (Sorry about leaving Marco out of this one--but he didn't look well in this type of hat)."

This was the author's second book for children, following on from the success of And to Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street (1937).

4. Cat in the Hat

Image: Christie's 


The Cat in the Hat is perhaps Seuss' most famous work, starring the titular cat in the hat wreaking havoc, and this signed edition is one of the most valuable copies ever sold.

Numbered 200 of 200, it made $10,158 at Christie's New York in 2003.

3. Seven Lady Godivas illustration

Image: Heritage Auctions

The Seven Lady Godivas is one of very few books written by Dr Seuss for an adult audience. It was published in 1939, but failed to sell and was written off as a failure. In 1987, after Seuss was an established household name, it was republished.

This signed illustration sold for $26,290 at Heritage Auction in 2009.   

2. Original Aladdin thermos art

Image: Heritage Auctions

This collection of original artwork by Seuss for a lunchbox and thermos flask starring some of his best known characters made $12,000 at Heritage Auctions in 2011.

1. The Tiller of the Soil

Image: Heritage Auctions

Titled the Tiller of the Soil, this illustration was published in an edition of the New York newspaper PM in 1942.

Another great cartoonist, Art Spiegelman, explained: "These cartoons rail against isolationism, racism, and ant-Semitism with a conviction and fervor lacking in most other American editorial pages of the period.

"These are virtually the only editorial cartoons outside the communist and black press that decried the military's Jim Crow policies and Charles Lindbergh's anti-Semitism.

"Dr. Seuss said that he 'had no great causes or interest in social issues until Hitler,' and explained that 'PM was against people who pushed other people around. I liked that.'"

The illustration made $12,000 at Heritage in 2012.

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