An original hand-colored 1986 Sunday Calvin & Hobbes original has been sold at auction for $203,150 (login required to see final bid amount). The strip was owed by Adam@Home and Red and Rover creator Brian Basset, who told me last September that he acquired the original back in 1986 after agreeing to exchange originals with Bill Watterson. A recent financial pinch prompted him to put the piece up for auction.
Parting with the Watterson original was not an easy decision, but I believe it is the right decision. I am so thankful of Bill Watterson’s generosity and the opportunity his talent has given me more than a quarter of a century later. It is now time for someone else to enjoy owning this piece of Americana.
To give you perspective on the value of this piece, an original 1955 Peanuts Sunday strip by Charles Schulz sold for $113,000 and a 1957 and 1962 daily and Sunday Peanuts strip sold for a combined $106,000.
Back in February a Watterson original water color piece for a calendar was auctioned off for $107,550.