Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Grinch by Dr. Seuss

This beautiful Dr. Seuss drawing of the Grinch sold in 2008 for a strong price despite being defaced with the signature of actor Jim Carrey who played the Grinch in the 2000 movie. Alternatively one could ask, heaven forfend, is the intrusive Jim Carrey signature actually the reason for the lofty price?

Dr. Seuss, The Grinch

Price Realized

  • £5,625
  • ($8,263)
  • Price includes buyer's premium
    £1,000 - £1,500
  • ($1,800 - $2,600)

Sale Information

Sale 5425 
Pop Culture: Entertainment Memorabilia 
4 December 2008
London, South Kensington

Lot Description

Dr. Seuss The Grinch
A sketch of the Grinch by Dr. Seuss, signed and inscribed in green and black ink Best Wishes from the Grinch and Dr. Seuss, dedicated by Dr. Seuss For the men of the 101st Air Command, Fort Benning, Geo., additionally signed and inscribed in red felt pen Jim Carrey "Grinch" [Jim Carrey starred as the Grinch in the 2000 Imagine Entertainment's film How The Grinch Stole Christmas] -- 13¾x11in. (35x28cm.) 

Special Notice

VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium
Dr. Seuss, The Grinch



  1. That is absolutely tragic. I can only assume a misguided vendor requested it?

  2. I have no idea of the circumstances, Professor. People will shove anything in front of a celebrity and ask him to sign it. While the owner of the artwork may have been at fault, Jim Carrey certainly could have used his discretion and not signed it.