‘Simp­sons’ co-cre­ator mem­o­ra­bilia, art go­ing to auc­tion

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A pin­ball ma­chine from “The Simp­sons” and fun pinup art are among the items go­ing to auc­tion from the col­lec­tion of the show’s co-cre­ator Sam Si­mon.

Sotheby’s an­nounced Thurs­day that it will be selling 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 be­tween US$7.7 mil­lion and US$11.5 mil­lion.

Si­mon died from colon can­cer March 8 in Cal­i­for­nia at 59.

The 260- plus lots will be spread across 11 “var­i­ous-owner” auc­tions, be­gin­ning Sept. 19 and end­ing in June 2016.

In ad­di­tion, Sotheby’s will of­fer Si­mon’s mem­o­ra­bilia in a ded­i­cated sale Oct. 22. Those items in­clude a circa 1990 “The Simp­sons” pin­ball ma­chine with a pre­sale es­ti­mate of US$1,000 to US$2,000 and a “Simp­sons” jacket dec­o­rated with the show’s fa­vorite char­ac­ters for an es­ti­mated US$600 to US$800.

His art col­lec­tion in­cludes an Au­gust Rodin sculp­ture of the French writer Balzac es­ti­mated to bring up to US$350,000. A paint­ing of a boy and his dog by Thomas Hart Ben­ton ti­tled “T.P. and Jake” could sell for US$1.5 mil­lion to US$2.5 mil­lion.

“Each piece in Sam Si­mon’s col­lec­tion em­bod­ies a cen­tral theme: The abil­ity of art to tell a story,” An­drea Fi­uczyn­ski, chair­woman 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 causes.

Af­ter leav­ing “The Simp­sons” in 1994, Si­mon shifted to phi­lan­thropy.

In an in­ter­view with The As­so­ci­ated Press in 2013, Si­mon said he wanted to spend all his money on char­i­ta­ble causes. “I’m sup­port­ing the char­i­ties that I sup­ported dur­ing my life­time,” he said, “and I want to con­tinue to do that.”

Af­ter stints writ­ing for “Taxi,” “Cheers” and “The Tracey Ull­man Show,” Si­mon helped launch “The Simp­sons.” Dur­ing his writ­ing and pro­duc­ing ca­reer, he col­lected nine prime-time Emmy Awards.


(Left) This April photo pro­vided by Sotheby’s shows the liv­ing room of Sam Si­mon’s Pa­cific Pal­isades home in Los An­ge­les. Si­mon, a co-cre­ator of “The Simp­sons,” died from colon can­cer on March 8 at the age of 59. (Right) This un­dated photo pro­vided by Sotheby’s shows an item from the col­lec­tion of Sam Si­mon, a co-cre­ator of “The Simp­sons.”

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