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‘Calvin And Hobbes’ Auction: Rare Artwork For Sale

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Bill Watterson created one of the most iconic comic strips of our time, landing himself up there with Charles Schulz in the world of comic art. His beloved characters, Calvin and Hobbes, have become as much a part of our pop culture as they have a fixture in the American landscape of cartoons, and his rare, original pieces are much coveted and sought after by collectors. Earlier this year, a watercolor showing the rambunctious little boy and his tiger friend sleeping beneath a tree fetched over $100,000 at auction; now, an entire original strip is up for grabs, and it is expected to garner quite a bidding war.

The watercolor (Image: Rick Marschall)

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The strip (Image: Brian Basset)

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Watterson has been famously reclusive for most of his career, denying many interviews and retiring in 1995 at what many considered to be the height of his strip’s popularity. He reportedly never licensed his works for reproduction and rarely gave away artwork, which makes the few original pieces that have popped up extremely valuable.

The latest work to be auctioned comes from Brian Basset, who is also a cartoonist and was given the piece 26 years ago by the artist himself. He says that parting with it will be extremely difficult, but after finding himself in a financial bind, he feels he has no choice.

“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 said. “It is now time for someone else to enjoy owning this piece of Americana.”

The strip measures 13×9 and could fetch more than a quarter of a million dollars if the right buyer is interested.

‘Calvin And Hobbes’ Auction: Rare Artwork For Sale
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  • lkjkh

    That is the story? Crap, an excuse to get reader to click in and make you $.

  • Gregory Miller-Richter von Ostein

    It certainly is understandable for Mr. Watterson to become a recluse. More and more folks achieving fame of some sort want to be left alone. Public life must really be a drag. Imagine picking up a newspaper or magazine with your picture on it and a story about you that is speculative or a down right fabrication. I suppose leaving at the height of his career is a good idea as a way to find the exit. I always enjoyed the cartoon strip and only have fond memories of it’s content.

  • tbplayer

    So all those truck stickers of Calvin pissing on different things aren’t officially licensed? LOL!

  • Adam Smith

    Bill Waterson retired because he was being pressured to license his characters to TV shows, movies, coffee mugs, etc. and he didn’t want to do it. He felt it took away from and even discredited the art and messages of his strips.