Canine Helping Canines: Skinner to Auction Rare Charles Schulz Snoopy Animations from the Estate of CBS President Frank Stanton to Benefit the Animal Rescue League of Boston and New England Wildlife Center

BOSTON, – – Skinner, Inc., one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, today announced the auctioning of a rare collection of Charles Schulz “Snoopy” and other “Peanuts” animations. Nineteen lots of Schulz’ material, from the collection of past CBS president Dr. Frank Stanton, will be offered within Skinner’s upcoming American & European Paintings and Prints sale to be held on March 7th 2008 in Skinner’s Boston gallery. The print session will begin at 12 noon, and the paintings session, including the Frank Stanton collection, will begin at 4 p.m. Stanton was a life-long animal lover and as such the proceeds from the sale of his collection will benefit two local animal organizations: the Animal Rescue League of Boston and The New England Wildlife Center.

The creator of the internationally beloved “Peanuts(R)” comic strip, Charles Schulz debuted Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the gang in 1965 in seven U.S. newspapers. The strip was one of the most popular and influential in the history of the medium, and by Schulz’ retirement in 1999, Peanuts was in more than 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries worldwide. 17,897 strips were published in all, boasting a readership of 355 million.

Schulz became acquainted with Frank Stanton, a celebrity in his own right, when Stanton first approached him to purchase a piece of his work. The two later developed a long-standing friendship which inspired the first broadcast of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on CBS in 1965. In tribute to this friendship, several of the animations include a television antenna on Snoopy’s doghouse. Stanton, one of the television industry’s founding fathers, served as president of CBS for 25 years, longer than any other network TV head. Throughout his tenure at CBS, Stanton was an eloquent and successful defender of the First Amendment and the initiator of the first modern presidential debates. Stanton passed away in December of 2006, leaving behind the collection of animations, many of which were affectionately address and signed by his dear friend Charles Schulz.

The collection includes depictions of the Peanuts gang in advertising and color separation proofs, in hardcovers with dust jackets, and softcovers; as well several strips on cardstock. Estimates range from $150 at the low end to $25,000 at the high.

A private preview and cocktail reception for supporters of the Animal Rescue League of Boston and New England Wildlife Center will be held on March 6th from 6 to 8 p.m. Illustrated catalog #2399 is available by mail for $32 ($39 for foreign requests) from the subscription department at 978-779-6241 ext. 1240. It is also available at the gallery for $29. Prices realized will be available at during and after the sale. For more information, visit Skinner’s site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, and order catalogs online.

About Skinner

Skinner, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading auction houses for antiques and fine art. With expertise in over 20 specialty collecting areas, Skinner draws the interest of buyers from all over the world and its auctions regularly achieve world record prices. Skinner provides a broad range of auction and appraisal services, and it is widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the auction business. Skinner’s appraisal experts regularly appear on the PBS-TV series, Antiques Roadshow, and its specialty departments include American Furniture & Decorative Arts, American & European Paintings & Prints, European Furniture & Decorative Arts, 20th Century Design, Fine Ceramics, Fine Jewelry, Couture, Fine Musical Instruments, Asian Works of Art, Fine Wines, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Science & Technology, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, Fine Judaica, Antique Motor Vehicles, Toys, Dolls & Collectibles, and Discovery. Skinner galleries are located in Boston and Bolton, Mass. For more information on upcoming auctions and events, visit Skinner’s web site

About Animal Rescue League of Boston

Founded in 1899, the Animal Rescue League (ARL) of Boston is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. In addition to the organization’s animal rescue, law enforcement, shelter, and veterinary headquarters in Boston, the ARL of Boston operates shelters in Boston, Dedham, and Brewster, Massachusetts. The ARL of Boston also maintains a fleet of animal ambulances, a mobile Spay Waggin’ providing subsidized spay/neuter services throughout Massachusetts, and operates the state’s only Mobile Adoption Rescue Vehicle (MARV).

About New England Wildlife Center

New England Wildlife Center is the country’s first to be LEED certified “green” wildlife hospital and environmental education center. Located in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, the Center provides veterinary care to thousands (225 species) of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife each year and uses this process as a first-hand platform to reconnect people to the natural world. All animals successfully treated are returned to the wild. Each year we provided education to 24 different audiences ranging from school age children to veterinary students. New England Wildlife Center is a nonprofit organization, is not funded through tax dollars, and relies on individual donations to support our mission.

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