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Original Artwork

R. Michelson Galleries is extremely proud to exhibit original artwork by Theodor Geisel (Dr.Seuss) in addition to the Limited Edition pieces published by his estate. Below is some of Dr. Seuss’ original artwork available at R. Michelson Galleries.

You’re Only Old Once!

A Book for Obsolete Children

Original Cover Study from the Collection of Maurice Sendak

Pictured below is an original cover study for Dr. Seuss’ best-selling book You’re Only Old Once! A Book for Obsolete Children which was #1 on the NY Times list in 1986, and remained on the list for over 60 weeks; it remains one of the best-selling books of all time. This was one of only two Seuss picture books for adults (the other is his first book, The Seven Lady Godivas, in 1939).

This cover study was previously owned by Maurice Sendak, who got it directly from Audrey Geisel in 1995. As far as we are aware this is the only original Seuss book illustration work that remained in private hands and is currently for sale. Sendak was likely the only person to whom Audrey Geisel would have parted with an original drawing. She actually sent Sendak two to choose from, and not surprisingly, he ended up keeping both, although once has since sold.

Watch This Space

In 1948 cartoonist Mickey Bach hung a canvas on his wall with the words “Watch This Space!” on it. The result was this collaborative painting with contributions by seven well known artists, mostly cartoonists and all Bach’s friends: Dr. Seuss, Jefferson Machamer, Earl Moran, Andrew Loomis, Clifford McBride, Henry Clive, and Randy Tamlar.