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Snoopy & Friends: A “Peanuts” Auction at Revere

By Anthony Wu

May 20,2024 | 08:00 EDT

On May 20, 2024, Revere Auctions will be offering a different category of sale from their popular selections of American fine art, decorative objects, jewelry, furniture and Asian art. Here they will be presenting a 68 lot specialty auction titled ‘Snoopy & Friends: A “Peanuts” Auction’.

This auction features a selection of “Peanuts” memorabilia based on the comic book strip that Charles Schulz (1922-2000), a Minneapolis native, published in 1950. Originally appearing in just seven newspapers, “Peanuts” became so popular that at its peak, appeared in over 2500 newspapers, was translated into 21 languages, and appeared in over 70 countries. 

Internationally recognizable and much-loved by all age groups, “Peanuts” has grown to more than just the comic strip. It has moved into other media including animated tv specials, movies, toys and product endorsements. 

The auction at Revere focuses on the nostalgia of “Peanuts”. Most of the lots feature the world’s most famous beagle ‘Snoopy’. Since his creation in 1950, Snoopy has evolved from being Charlie Brown’s pet dog to become an international icon. Sometimes mischievous and forever loyal, Snoopy has had forays into mystery writing, space exploration, various professional sports, adventure scouting, and aviation. Just recently in 2021, Apple TV released ‘The Snoopy Show’, thus bringing the cartoon character to a whole new generation of fans. 

At Revere Auctions, Snoopy is represented through his collaboration with NASA, on movie posters, coffee table books, animation cels, original comic strips, original drawings, plush toys, fashion accessories, household objects and vintage toys.  

Lot 1 at the auction presents Snoopy on a large vertical banner for the exhibition "Around the Moon and Home Again: A Tribute to the Art of Charles M. Schulz". While standing on the moon, Snoopy is dressed in his spacesuit and holding an American flag. The exhibition was held on July 1 to September 17, 1995 at the Houston, Texas Space Center, hosted by NASA, and celebrated Charles Schulz's long relationship with the space agency. This banner is estimated at $80-$100.

Estimated at $200-$400 is lot 19, a certified 1970s Peanuts Animation Cel of Snoopy. Snoopy is seen here performing his ‘happy dance’ on his neighbor Schroeder’s toy piano. This cel was made for a “Peanuts” tv special during the 1960’s or 70’s.

The Revere auction features many works hand drawn by Charles Schulz. Lot 22 is a four-panel daily strip cartoon published on Saturday, May 28, 1994. It shows Snoopy and his close companion Woodstock having a chirping and woofing contest. This lot is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.

Lot 32 is an intimate portrait of Snoopy and Charlie Brown drawn by Charles Schulz. Both characters are shown smiling at the viewer, and the artist has signed his name along the bottom. This endearing portrait has an auction estimate of $1,000-$2,000.

The Revere auction also features a wide selection of “Peanuts” ephemera including lot 47, a Snoopy Astronaut Pocket Doll with original box. This vintage 1969 toy presents Snoopy as an astronaut secured in his helmet and spacesuit while holding a connecting box titled ‘flight safety’. This little figure of Snoopy is estimate at $80-$100.

Click here to view the full catalog of Revere Auctions ‘Snoopy & Friends: A “Peanuts” Auction at Revere’ on May 20.

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Lot 1, “Around the Moon and Home Again” Schulz Banner. Estimate $80-$100

Lot 19, 1970s Peanuts Animation Cel of Snoopy. Estimate $200-$400

Lot 22, Charles Schulz Original Woodstock & Snoopy Comic. Estimate $10,000-$15,000

Lot 32, Charles Schulz Drawing of Charlie Brown & Snoopy. Estimate $1,000-$2,000

Lot 47, Snoopy Astronaut Pocket Doll with Box, $80-$100