Watterson, Pastis Pearls strips to be auctioned off August 8

Extend your credit card limit, take out that second loan on the house, sell everything but the kids. The three Pearls Before Swine comic strips by Stephan Pastis with guest artist Bill Watterson are going to auction on August 8. The auction will be done by Heritage Auctions. The proceeds of the sale will go to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

I’m not sure what the going rate for an original Pearls is. The last daily Calvin and Hobbes strip fetched $65k. Since these strips don’t feature any of Bill’s famous characters, I’d be surprised if any of them hit that level. But then again, there are only three of them.

From Chris Sparks, founder of Team Cul de Sac:

At Watterson?s request, the artwork is being 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 (Heritage is waiving the seller?s fee on the artwork and will also contribute half of the Buyer?s Premium) will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson?s Research.