Saturday, August 29, 2015

Show Creator's Auction

Sam Simon, one of the godfathers of The SImpsons, who passed away last Spring, will be raising money with his art pieces:

... Auction house Sotheby's is planning to sell memorabilia and fine art from the collection of the late Sam Simon, one of the most influential creative forces in modern television. Simon, who died from colon cancer in March, was best known as co-creator of the Fox animated comedy, "The Simpsons," the longest-running sitcom in American television.

The wide-ranging collection of vintage pop-culture memorabilia includes a signed poster promoting the 1974 Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fight. That work carries a pre-sale estimate of $1,500 to $2,000. Sotheby's estimates the total sale will bring in upward of $10 million. ...

The centerpiece of the sale is a painting by American muralist Thomas Hart Benton, entitled T.P. and Jake, depicting a young boy and his pet dog. The work is expected to raise $2.5 million.

"Each piece in Sam Simon's collection embodies a central theme: The ability of art to tell a story," said Andrea Fiuczynski, Chair of Sotheby's West Coast. ...

Mr. Simon made a LOT of money from the success of The Simpsons. What's staggering to think about is Mr. Simon's ex-sive is a millionaire because of a divorce settlement that gave her a slice of Sam Simon's Yellow Family earnings.

The auction should be worth attending.


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