Sale 21BP01 | Lot 1051

ADDAMS, CHARLES Original drawing "I hope the power doesn't go out until after Masterpiece Theatre."

Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Maps
ADDAMS, CHARLES  Original drawing "I hope the power doesn't go out until after Masterpiece Theatre."

Lot Details

Lot 1051
ADDAMS, CHARLES Original drawing "I hope the power doesn't go out until after Masterpiece Theatre."
Ink watercolor, pen and ink drawing on board depicting the seven members of the Addams Family, circa 1979, signed "Chas Addams" at lower left within the image, with the caption below the image in ink and repeated in pencil, the right margin with a faint penciled note to return the original to Addams. Image 7 x 14 inches (17 3/4 x 35.5 cm); Board 10 3/4 x 19 inches (23 x 48 cm); matted. Some tape residue in margin far from image, the image fine.

A fine original ink drawing depicting the full seven members of the Addams family: Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children Wednesday and Pugsley, family members Uncle Fester, Grandmama, and their butler Lurch. The work was created for and published in a 1979 advertisement for the upcoming season of the television show Masterpiece Theatre (although the caption used in the ad is far less amusing than Addams original). A letter of provenance accompanying the piece reports that Addams gave the artwork to William Murray, a long time New Yorker staff writer, who happened to mention enjoying Henry VIII on Masterpiece Theatre and was gifted this drawing a few months later. Drawings depicting the complete Addams family are rare at auction, particularly with each character presented as large as here. We would like to thank H. Kevin Miserocchi, Executive Director of the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation, for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.


Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Sold for $18,900 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Sold for $18,900 (includes buyer's premium)

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