Monday, August 17, 2015

Charles Addams: Moving Day

Gwyn Steinbeck, the novelist John Steinbeck's second wife, was the recipient of an original New Yorker cartoon by Charles Addams. It bears no caption and shows a mover packing up his van with the effects of Mme. Chenaud who performs, the sign tells us, spirit readings. The drawing was originally published in 1949, the year after the Steinbeck marriage ended, and it came to this estate sale through the children of John Steinbeck. It was sold at auction in 1988 along with many of Steinbeck's important effects. The drawing was offered for sale this past June on eBay where it did not meet its reserve.

Charles Addams
Original art for The New Yorker, October 15, 1949, page 27
Monster Rally, 1950, page 27
My Crowd, 1970, page 81

Inscribed "For Gwyn [Conger Steinbeck]/with love/Chas Addams"

Blue Willow Gallery, Denver, Colorado, May 31 to June 4, 1988, Lot 241

"Steinbeck effects to be auctioned" by Patti Thorn, Rocky Mountain News, circa May 1988

EBay Listing Ended June 5, 2015
The first two bids
EBay Item Description

EBay Bid History
Reserve not met

Charles Addams, The New Yorker, October 15, 1949, page 27

Charles Addams, The New Yorker, October 15, 1949, page 27
Charles Addams
Original art for The New Yorker, October 15, 1949, page 27
Monster Rally, 1950, page 27
My Crowd, 1970, page 81

July 23, 2017 Update:  The artwork was relisted on eBay with a lower reserve and it sold at the reserve price, $100 less than the top bid in 2015.

Charles Addams
eBay Listing Ended July 23,2017

Charles Addams
eBay Item Description
The reserve was posted on July 19

eBay Bid History
Five bidders, only one of whom hits the reserve

Note:  But that's not all! You can still view my earlier blog posts about Charles Addams and about original New Yorker cartoon art.


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