Friday, November 23, 2018

Dear Dead Days Book Cover by Charles Addams

Last week's sale at Doyle New York of the original cover illustration to Charles Addams's 1959 collection Dear Dead Days confirms the iconic status original Addams Family art has achieved for collectors. The watercolor which Addams presented as a gift to author Alexander King and his wife Margie came to auction with a pre-sale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. This estimate proved accurate and the piece went for $31,250 with the buyer's premium.

Charles Addams
Doyle New York
Sale 18BP02, Lot 1, November 13, 2018

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  1. Addams is surely the cartoonist from The New Yorker whose original drawings sell for more than other cartoonists. I've seen deep-pocket prices for cartoons by Arno, Thurber, Steinberg and even Sam Gross, but Addams still sets the bar.

    1. He does, and I think much of that owes to the ongoing success of The Addams Family franchise.