Last Week's Top Lots: 20th Century Illustration

Set of 48 proof plates of illustrations from Charlotte’s Web, illustrations by Garth Williams,
watercolored by  Rosemary Wells for the 50th Anniversary edition, signed by Wells, New York, 2002.
Swann's January 24 auction of 20th Century Illustration featured numerous recognizable childhood images, including a collection of Maurice Sendak books and original art, as well as works by Ludwig Bemelmans, Edward Gorey, Hillary Knight, Walt Disney Studios and many others. The top lot was a set of 48 proof plates of illustrations from Charlotte's Web, made to commemorate the 50th Anniversary edition of E.B. White's classic. Signed by Rosemary Wells, who watercolored Garth Williams's original illustrations for the special edition, the set brought $28,800.
Charles M Schulz, Peanuts, original three-tiered comic strip, 1953.
Sold January 24, 2013 for $22,800.
Also among top lots was an original three-tiered comic strip by Charles Schulz for Peanuts, dated March 1953, which features Charlie Brown and Patty listening to some old records and wondering what a "rocking chair" might be. A watercolor by Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Geisel) of A Pair of Llamas in Peru, inspired by his trips to South America, brought $21,600.
Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are, first edition,
signed & inscribed with a drawing, New York, 1963.
A first edition of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are was the top book in the sale, realizing a price of $18,000. The copy was signed and inscribed by Sendak to Reed Orenstein with a drawing of one of his "wild things" and the note "Dear Reed - This certainly looks like a first Edition - it has all the wrong colors in the right places!" 

For more information on 20th Century Illustration auctions at Swann, please contact Christine von der Linn or John D. Larson.

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