Thousands paid for Peanuts original

June 21, 2013 by  

Lynbrook was the scene for a little bit of history in early June, as an original Peanuts cartoon strip went up for auction. The printed pair of pages, one signed by Charles Schulz, reached near $80,000 at auction in the village.

It was the first sale at the new Philip Weiss Auctions home, following the move from Oceanside, after the old premises was devastated by Hurricane Sandy earlier in the year. Business card printing and flyer printing for the event ensured it was well-attended.

The dedication from the world famous illustrator Schulz appeared on a page originally printed in March 1964. The story featured many of the Peanuts gang in line at a movie theater. It hit $41,400 at auction, with the personal inscription likely helping the figure. It read:

“To Susie and George with friendship.”

The other Peanuts lot was actually an earlier print edition, dated from February 1961. This strip saw Charlie Brown and Pig Pen getting style advice from Violet. Estimated to go for no more than $24,000, the final figure realized was actually $36,800.

While the headline of the auction was the comic strip sales, the total raised of $225,000 was a great success. It marks a welcome debut in Lynbrook for the firm.

With regular auctions all through the year, it is likely many local folks will discover the world of auctions for the first time. With an exciting atmosphere and always something to be intrigued by, you just need to make sure you have the cash to bid.