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    George Herriman Hand Colored Krazy Kat Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 6-25-22 (King Features Syndicate, 1922). This wonderful, hand colored strip spotlights four of the major Krazy Kat characters -- Ignatz Mouse, Bum Bill Bee, Offisa Bull Pupp, and Krazy Kat herself. The topic at hand is Ignatz's mischievous meddling in a meet-up between Bum Bill Bee and Krazy Kat. Considered by many to be the greatest cartoonist of the twentieth century, Herriman was admired in his day by such literary luminaries as e. e. cummings, William Randolph Hearst, and Gilbert Seldes. This delightfully hand colored Sunday, only the third we've offered to date, has an image area of 18.5" x 21.5", and it has been framed piece to an overall size of 21" x 24". The piece has been inscribed and signed "To 'old' Vic Young - that Kentucky thrush, that blue grass Padrewski, etc., etc., mit luff -- from Geo. Herriman." The recipient was almost certainly prolific film and radio composer Victor Young. Such gorgeously colored Krazy Kat Sundays are some of the most desirable pieces of comic art in existence - and some of the scarcest. This masterpiece was only recently uncovered and has never before been offered at auction.

    The artwork displays beautifully, with the colors remaining rich and bright. The two original word balloons in the upper left panel were pasted over by Herriman. The board has been trimmed to approximately 1/8-inch around the panel borders. The art has been coated with fixative or preservative at some point, presumably to to protect the watercolors from fading, which has aged evenly:otherwise, the art is in Very Good condition.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2011
    17th-18th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 25
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
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    Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK
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