Who wouldn't want to own this? An incredibly rare piece of original, published Calvin and Hobbes artwork is going up for auction at Heritage Comics on February 23, 2012. Expected to bring in $50,000+, 1989-90 Calendar Cover Watercolor Illustration Original Art (c. 1988) is a 13″ x 10″ piece by artist Bill Watterson. Only a very small handful of Calvin and Hobbes originals have ever come onto the market and none of them has ever been published.
“Beyond the Peanuts comic strips of legendary cartoonist Charles Schulz, there is no more popular comic strip and certainly no strip where the original art is more in demand,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “The difference being that original Schulz work can be had at a variety of price points. Original Calvin and Hobbes artwork has, simply, never come up for public auction. There’s really no telling how high collectors will be willing to go on this one.”
“It’s hard to state exactly how desirable this gorgeous piece of art is to collectors of all sorts, not just those interested in comic art,” said Hignite. “This one has it all, truly. It shows Calvin & Hobbes in a rare moment of total peace and repose – it is the philosophical heart and soul of that great comic – and now one lucky and determined collector is about to realize a dream held dear by many hardcore collectors and non-collectors alike.”
Its current bid is $12,000 but watch for it to go up from there. Want!