Sam Simon Emmy awards to auction on February 21



2016-01-21 16:38:09

A set of nine Emmys awarded to Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon is to sell at Abell Auction Company in Los Angeles.

The sale will take place on February 21.

Simon, along with Matt Groening and James L Brooks, produced the first Simpsons shorts for the Tracy Ullman show in 1989.

He is often credited with establishing the emotional core of the show, which ultimately ensured that it became a hit.

A major sale of his personal memorabilia collection at Sotheby’s last year made over $250,000.

While Simon was personally awarded nine Emmys for his contribution to the franchise, the Simpsons itself has been awarded 32 awards since it began – a record for an animated show.  

The Primetime Emmy Award was first introduced in 1949 and was originally only granted to TV shows produced in Hollywood.

The trophy’s design, which depicts a woman holding an atom, was designed by editor Louis McManus.

The award was originally titled “Immy”, in reference to the Image Orthicon Tube found in cameras, before being changed to the more personable “Emmy”.

Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation.  

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