A pinball machine from The Simpsons and fun pinup art a few of the many items headed to auction from the collection of the The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon.
Sotheby”s made a statement onThursday it will sell Simon’s entire personal collection of memorabilia, fine art and other objects, in a series of sales through the fall and next year. It valued the collection at between $7.7 million and $11.5 million US.
At age 59, Simon died from colon cancer on March 8th in California.
The 260-plus lots will be spread across 11 “various-owner” auctions, that begun in Sept. 19 and willending in June 2016.
In addition, Sotheby’s will offer Simon’s memorabilia in a dedicated sale this coming Thursday (Oct. 22).
Those items include a circa 1990 The Simpsons pinball machine with a presale estimate of $1,000 to $2,000, and a Simpsons jacket decorated with the show’s favourite characters for an estimated $600 to $800.
His art collection includes an August Rodin sculpture of the French writer Balzac estimated to bring up to $350,000. A painting of a boy and his dog by Thomas Hart Benton titled T.P. and Jake could sell for $1.5 million to $2.5 million.
“Each piece in Sam Simon’s collection embodies a central theme: The ability of art to tell a story,” Andrea Fiuczynski, chair of Sotheby’s West Coast, said in a statement.
All proceeds will go to the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation, which supports animal welfare, disaster relief and other cause