Calvin and Hobbes breaks newspaper comic strip world record by 79%



2015-06-26 13:03:47

Calvin and Hobbes breaks newspaper comic strip world record by 79%

The $203,000 work is the first original Calvin and Hobbes comic strip to auction this century

The only Calvin and Hobbes comic strip to be offered for sale this century has dramatically exceeded all estimates, breaking the world record for original newspaper comic strip art.

Featuring a wayward young boy and his imaginary tiger sidekick, the original hand painted strip sold forthe record breaking sumof $203,150at Heritage Auctions in Dallas on November 16, to an unknown buyer.

The previous record was owned by a Peanuts original by Charles Schulz, which made $113,500 in 2007 - representing a 78.8% increase.

Calvin and Hobbes Auction Record breaking Calvinand Hobbes break record previously held by Peanuts

Calvinand Hobbes creator, Bill Watterson, is known for retaining the original artworks in his own collection, increasing demand for the strips among collectors eager to get hold of rare examples of his work.

"A world record price like this is a testament to just how beloved Calvin and Hobbes was and is," auctioneer Todd Hignite commented after the sale.

The strip depicts Calvin leaping into a heap of autumn leaves, ignoring warnings from his imaginary friend Hobbes. Referring to slugs, Hobbes warns: "Urgh, just imagine one of those slimy muck balls crawling up your leg!"

The cautionary episode then feeds into a scene inspired by B-movie The Blob - a characteristically off-beat allusion from a man who is thought of as a counter-cultural hero by many of his fans.

Completed in 1986, Watterson presented the strip as a gift to fellow cartoonist Brian Basset and it bears the personal, somewhat cryptic inscription: "To Brian & Linda, who know about slugs, with best wishes - Bill Watterson."

The sale demonstrates that the market for comic book items remains strong, particularlywhen thecharacters are well known and much loved. A hard back, autographed copy of Snoopy and the Red Baron is available at Paul Fraser Collectibles, as well as many other cartoon collectibles.

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