Called it. After selling one of Charles Schulz's original Peanuts strips earlier this year for $77,675, Dallas-based auction house Heritage Auction Galleries obliterated that figure by nearly 40 thou with the iconic strip above. Heritage VP Ed Jaster reports that a few days ago, the April 10, 1955, strip -- featuring Charlie Brown, Pig-Pen and Schroeder playing baseball in a downpour -- went for $113,525, the most ever paid for a Peanuts original.
"We're extremely pleased to see that, even seven years after this beloved artist's death, interest in his work continues to increase among both experienced collectors and the general public," says Jaster in the Heritage media release. "Pleased" is another word for "commission." --Robert Wilonsky
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.