Thursday, October 27, 2011

Morticia Addams

Off the market for four years, this original 1946 drawing of Morticia with a pet alligator was inscribed by Charles Addams to Jim Logan. It sold this past weekend for $3,107, up a bit from its 2007 price of $2,629. Both sales were at Heritage Auctions. The sheet was taken by the recipient, animator and cartoonist Jim Logan, and glued into a book published 50 years after the drawing was made. Some things I will never understand.

Back in 2007, you could bid at Heritage Auctions and many other auction houses through your eBay account. It was a great convenience and partially relieved you, the buyer, from having to register separately at every auction house that had an item you wanted, although often you still had to qualify to bid, which was nearly the same thing. You first would agree that eBay could share its information on your account with the auction house, and the auction house would determine whether you had to jump through any further hoops. The 2007 buyer for this lot bid through eBay, something that is no longer possible. EBay walked away from it's Live Auctions platform at the end of 2008, a business move that I still shake my head at. I'm not even sure why they did this, although I believe coordinating the Live Auctions platform with various live auctions around the globe must have been a daunting challenge.

CHARLES ADDAMS (American 1912 - 1988)
Morticia Addams, 1946, original cartoon illustration
Ink on paper
7-1/2 x 6in.
Signed lower right
Inscription: "For Jim Logan, G. I., with best wishes"

Sold for:$2,629.00 (includes BP )

Bid Source: Live: eBay

Auction Ended On:Dec 12, 2007

Sold for:$3,107.00 (includes BP )

Bid Source:
Auction Ended On:Oct 22, 2011
Item Activity:7 Internet/mail/phone bidders
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Animator and cartoonist Jim Logan later glued this early illustration of Morticia Addams to the inside front board of the hard cover book, The World of Chas Addams, Alfred A. Knopf, 1991.

Provenance: From the Jim Logan Collection

Addams, Charles Samuel:. American cartoonist, 1912-1988
Condition Report*:
The illustration has been glued to the inside board of a book; otherwise, it is in Excellent condition.

Note:  Don't miss Wednesday's Addams post about Wednesday here.


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