A Charles Schulz-signed Halloween-themed Peanuts strip is currently selling at the top of an online auction, which will end later today (October 23).
The strip originates from the classic storyline It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which was originally published on October 31, 1965. The 15-panel piece features a trick or treat sequence in which Lucy attempts to collect Halloween treats on her brother Linus' behalf, who is waiting for the "Great Pumpkin" to appear.
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown was later made into the third Peanuts TV special, which was aired a year after the original publication, on Halloween 1966. In 2006, a retrospective book was released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this memorable storyline.
The strip has been signed "Best wishes - Charles Schulz" below the title frame in blue ink. As seen in the picture above, there is significant staining to the title frame as well as toning throughout, hampering its otherwise good condition. Featuring production notations in the borders, it is currently selling for $13,155, after attracting four bids.
Another strip from Peanuts is also featuring in the sale, selling at $4,608. The four-panel, hand drawn strip, which was first published in 1971, features Sally handing in a sub-par book report and then asking her teacher "what are the odds on a little love and understanding?"
Paul Fraser Collectibles is currently offering a brilliant selection of Charles Schulz signed memorabilia, including a number of original drawings, as well as autographed copies of the best Peanuts books. At the top of our collection is a rare large-scale sketch of Snoopy in his favourite pose - lying flat on the roof of his kennel.