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Press Release - August 8, 2014
Bill Watterson Pearls Before Swine Comic Art, Auctioned For Parkinson’s Research, Brings $74,090The reclusive creator's artwork from the recently finished three-day collaboration with Stephan Pastis on Pearls Before Swine sells Aug. 8, 2014 at Heritage Auctions for a total of $74,090, proceeds to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
DALLAS — The original artwork for the recent three comic strip collaboration between Bill Watterson, the reclusive genius behind the much-loved Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, and Pearls Before Swine cartoonist Stephan Pastis — taking place in a three day run in June 2014 in Pearls — sold at Heritage Auctions on Aug. 8, 2014, for a total of $74,090, with proceeds from the sale benefitting The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
Heritage is waiving the seller's fee on the artwork and will also contribute half of the Buyer's Premium.
"Watterson's collaboration with Stephan Pastis was an unexpected treat for his millions of fans," said Todd Hignite, Vice President at Heritage Auctions. "Now, thanks to this auction, it's an incredible treat for a few lucky collectors who get to take the original art home while raising money for a great cause."
The artwork was sold to three different collectors, all of who did not wish to be identified.
The first strip of the collaboration brought $16,730, while the second strip brought the highest price of the three, finishing with a $35,850 price realized, while the third strip brought $21,510, all prices well beyond the original $10,000+ pre-auction estimates for each.
At Watterson's request, the artwork was sold on behalf of Team Cul de Sac, a non-profit charity established by editor/designer Chris Sparks on behalf of Cul de Sac cartoonist Richard Thompson, who is battling Parkinson's Disease — a piece of artwork done by Watterson depicting one of Thompson's Cul de Sac characters sold in 2012 as part of a charity auction to benefit Team Cul de Sac — and the profits from the sale of the original art will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
The trajectory of the three strip arc follows Pastis' comic strip alter-ego as he turns the drawing of the comic over to a precocious second-grader named Libby for three days. The results are both wickedly funny and uniquely Watterson, while remaining true to the sharp humor that defines the Pearls Before Swine strip.
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