Richard F. Outcault original cartoon art to star at Heritage Auctions
A collection of original artwork by pioneering American cartoonist Richard F. Outcault is heading for sale at Heritage Auctions this week.
Outcault was the creator of two highly influential strips – The Yellow Kid and Buster Brown – and is regarded as the "father of the American comic strip".
He was amongst the very first artists in the late 19th century to create multi-panel strips and use speech bubbles in his work, helping set the template for comic strips which has remained ever since.
The artworks offered at Heritage Auctions feature both famous characters, dating from 1903 to 1917, and have been consigned directly from the collection of his family.
Leading the collection is a highly rare full Buster brown comic strip, originally created for the New York Herald, circa 1906-1910.
Standing almost two feet high, this amazing piece of original, hand-coloured artwork remains vibrant despite being more than 100 years old. Described as "a historic masterpiece of cartooning", the strip is expected to sell for more than $20,000.
Another full Buster Brown strip on offer dates from October 29, 1916, and was originally published in the Philadelphia Record. Featuring Buster, Tige the dog and his rotten friend Smithy, the original black and white strip is estimated at $15,000+.
Also up for sale is only the second piece of original Yellow Kid artwork Heritage has ever offered. Dating from 1912, the colour artwork was created for a series of promotional calendar postcards, and is estimated at around $8,000.
"Outcault was among the first to use sequential panels and word balloons to tell a story – the standard convention now used across all comics," said Barry Sandoval, Director of Operations for Comics and Comic Art at Heritage Auctions.
"It's rare to see even two pieces of Outcault art offered at once, and eight at once is unheard-of."
The Heritage Auctions Comics & Comic Art Auction takes place in Dallas on February 24.
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