1965 Milton Caniff Caricature Drawing

Value (2008) | $2,500 Insurance

APPRAISER:
"Tim." That's you, isn't it?

GUEST:
Yes, that is me.

APPRAISER:
So, please tell us the story of this wonderful drawing.

GUEST:
Back in 1965, I was a newspaper boy for the Journal Herald newspaper in Dayton, Ohio. And once a year, they have an award ceremony for, um, the newspaper boys. And I was one of the three or four, um, newspaper boys that was called up on stage during an award ceremony And Milton Caniff was the main speaker, which was a big cartoonist back in-in the early '30s, '40s and '50s. And while we were up there, he was asking us a lot of questions on what we wanted to do with our lives. And he was drawing pictures of us. And one thing he asked me, what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I told him that I wanted to be a-a TV engineer, just like my father was. And during our conversation, he said, um, "I imagine your father really enjoys watching TV when he comes home from work." And I said, "No, actually, he really can't stand to watch TV. (laughs) And he usually never has it on when he's home."

APPRAISER:
Oh, that's great. It's a wonderful image, and the artist is probably one of the most seminal mid 20th century cartoonists. Uh, Terry and the Pirate, Steve Canyon, they were examples for so many other cartoonists that came after him. The market for pieces like this is a little different, because what people are mostly looking for with the major cartoonists-- Charles Schultz and some of the other artists from the 20th century-- are the strips. This is a little bit outside of that, but the cartoon market is very strong and very vibrant. So, I think there's a place for this as well. In terms of the value of the piece, I think the value ultimately is more for you than on the market. But for insurance, I would say probably around $2,500.

GUEST:
Hmm, very good.

APPRAISER:
You look the same. (chuckles)

GUEST:
Thank you. (laughing) A little less hair.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Colleene Fesko Works of Art
Boston, MA
Appraised value (2008)
$2,500 Insurance
Event
Wichita, KS (July 12, 2008)
Period
20th Century
Form
Drawing
Material
Paper

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