Thursday, December 06, 2012

'Peanuts' creator Charles Schulz' love letters going to auction at Sotheby's in New York

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Some of the romantic letters and drawings the late Peanuts creator Charles Schulz sent to a young woman 23 years his junior. AP Photo/Sotheby's.

By: Ula Ilnytzky, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP).- The late "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz was once so infatuated with a young woman 23 years his junior he sent her dozens of romantic letters and drawings of his beloved cartoon characters. Many of the themes of that correspondence made it into his daily comic strips at the time. Now those love notes from 1970-1971 are being offered for sale at Sotheby's in New York by the family of Tracey Claudius, who the auction house says is ill at her home near Philadelphia. It's estimated the notes will fetch $250,000 to $350,000 at the Dec. 14 auction. Claudius met the cartoonist on March 16, 1970, while accompanying a friend on an interview assignment. She ostensibly came along as a photographer but afterward admitted in a letter to Schulz that it was a chance for her to meet her idol and thank him "for all the enjoyment Charlie Brown and that 'stupid beagle' provide me." She was 25. The married Schulz was 48. His comic strip ran for nearly half a century. Schulz died in ... More

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