Charles Schulz artwork and autographs for sale
Charles Schulz artwork and autographs for sale
Paul Fraser Collectibles shows you how to collect one of the 20 century's best-loved artists...
Why should you collect Charles Schulz artwork and autographs?
Charles Schulz (1922 - 2000) was one of the world's most celebrated cartoonists, and the creator of one of the most popular comic strips in history.
'Peanuts', featuring iconic characters such as Snoopy and Charlie Brown, ran for 50 years from 1950 to 2000 and at its peak had an international readership of 355 million.
It appeared in over 2,600 newspapers around the world, spanning 75 countries, and was translated in 21 different languages. It is a truly international phenomenon which remains in syndication 11 more than 10 years after the last strip was created.
This original drawing of Snoopy is available for 1,950
All in all, Schulz created 17,897 individual comic strips making it, according to renowned media scholar Professor Robert Thompson, "arguably the longest story ever told by one human being".
What's more, the stories have appeared as popular cartoon specials which have become traditional parts of the American holiday season. Both 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' and 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' are shown every year in the U.S, and are watched by millions of families.
Schulz's legacy will live on around the world, as his characters have become part of the cultural fabric. During his lifetime he received numerous awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2001 the Sonoma County Airport in California renamed itself the Charles M. Schulz Airport in his honour.
His name regularly appears as one of highest earning members of the Forbes Magazine 'Dead Celebrity list', beating Andy Warhol, John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe in 2009 to appear at number 3.
But perhaps the greatest reward that he could have hoped for is that his characters are still loved by millions around the world, and that every new generation of cartoonists and comic book artists recognizes his influential legacy.
Charles Schulz autographs and artwork for saleCollecting tips
The most valuable pieces of original Charles Schulz artwork are the daily Peanuts comic strips. As a general rule, the older the strip the more valuable it is to collectors. Strips or artwork featuring classic peanuts jokes are the most sought after - such as Charlie Brown attempting to kick a football, Linus and his security blanket, Snoopy as the Red Barron or Lucy's psychiatry booth.
Of all the strips, those that appeared in Sunday papers bring the highest prices due to their relative rarity compared to the other daily strips.
Collectors looking to purchase original Charles Schulz artwork should always buy from an established, reputable dealer which offers a money-back guarantee of authenticity.
When it comes to individual drawing and character sketches, there are a number of fakes on the market as they are far easier to forge than full comic strips.
Reputable dealers research the authenticity and provenance of every item they sell, meaning they can offer money-back guarantees. Such guarantees are far more reliable than mere certificates of authenticity, which are often not worth the paper they're printed on when offered by disreputable dealers.
Notable sales of original Charles Schulz artwork have included:
A sketch of Snoopy which appeared on the title page of 'You Can Do It, Charlie Brown' (1966), sold for $3,883 by Heritage in February 2010
A Peanuts Sunday comic strip dated April 10, 1955 sold for $113,525 by Heritage in November 2007
Paul Fraser has been dealing in investment-grade collectibles for over 35 years, and has been personally responsible for more than $300 million in collectibles sales.
These sales include the deal that took John Lennon's childhood stamp collection and earliest-known autograph to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C, and the sale of the famous Kirkudbright Penny Black cover to the Royal Philatelic Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles our panel of experts has more than 250 years of combined experience in the collectibles markets, and have between them have sold $200 million of historic and notable autographs.
We offer collectors and investors a high level of expertise and a lifetime guarantee of authenticity on every item we sell - meaning you can relax and enjoy your autograph investment for years to come.
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