The upcoming Calvin and Hobbes auction makes me wish I had a large amount of cash at my disposal. According to the Christian Post, an original piece of artwork used in a 1986 Sunday edition of Bill Watterson’s iconic comic strip will be up for grabs at an upcoming auction.
If all goes well for the upcoming Calvin and Hobbes auction, then piece could sell for upwards of $100,000. Earlier this year, another Bill Watterson original piece sold at auction for $107,550, while an original oil painting sold for $13,000. Since original Calvin and Hobbes artwork is extremely hard to come by, bidders aren’t afraid to drop large sums of money to bring these pieces home.
The Bill Watterson artwork up for auction this November comes from the personal collection of cartoonist Brian Basset, who reportedly received the comic strip from the man himself over two decades. Parting with the piece is extremely difficult for Basset.
“I am so thankful of Bill Watterson’s generosity and the opportunity his talent has given me more than a quarter of a century later,” he explained to the Daily Cartoonist. “It is now time for someone else to enjoy owning this piece of Americana.”
Heritage Auctions describes the piece as follows:
“The art is in artist marker pens and watercolor on thin bristol board, with an image area of approximately 13″ x 9″, matted to an overall 18″ x 15″. Some of the black lines (in particular, the lettering) had very slightly faded, and there is clear plastic tape applied by Universal Press when adding positioning marks and the syndicate credit, but these hardly detract from the subtle beauty of the line art and coloring — not to mention the playful dialog between Calvin and his faithful imaginary companion, Hobbes.”
Interested parties are encouraged to swing by the official Heritage Auctions website for more information about the piece. Would you spend $100,000 dollars at the Calvin and Hobbes auction to own original artwork by Bill Watterson?