January 04, 2005

Tsunami-Relief Art Auction

Cox & Forkum is auctioning the original art for the cartoon below to raise money for tsunami and earthquake relief efforts in South/Southeast Asia.

The winning bidder must make a donation equaling the winning bid amount to Direct Relief International. DRI is an apolitical, non-government organization (NGO) that allows contributions to be designated to the tsunami relief. According to their Web site, they are concentrating their effort on sending specifically requested medical supplies to facilities in the region (click here for a list of what they've accomplished so far).

Bidding takes place in the comment section below. There is no minimum bid. Winning bidder must contact us immediately after the auction ends (contact -- at -- coxandforkum.com) for donation instructions. Artwork will be shipped at no cost after confirmation of the donation.

Bidding closes this Friday, January 7th at noon CST.


The artwork is drawn in India ink on a 7" x 11" acid-free bristol board, and the image is approximately 6" x 9". Unlike the image above, the original will be signed by both John and me and will not include our Web site or logo. The cartoon was first posted last week to highlight the tragic loss of life among children in South Asia. On December 31, the cartoon was published in Investor's Business Daily.

If you want publicize this auction on your blog, please use this direct link. (We held a similar auction last April for Spirit of America.)

Consider donating whether or not you happen to get the winning bid. Our thanks to all who participate.

UPDATE -- January 5: CNN reports: Parents search for children swept away.

PHUKET, Thailand (CNN) -- Anders Ericsson still remembers the last words his 2-year-old son, Ragnar, spoke before being washed away in the waves of Thailand's tsunami.

"Daddy, I'm scared. Please help." Ericsson's voice breaks as he tells of the tragedy. ... Ragnar was torn from his father's grip.

UPDATE -- Jan. 7 -- AUCTION CLOSED: A big congratulations and thank you to David M for placing the winning donation bid of $870.00. We're grateful to everyone who participated in the bidding and helped make the donation drive a success. Thanks also to Direct Relief International and their private donors -- individuals and corporations -- for their tsunami relief efforts.

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Posted by: PJ at January 5, 2005 01:32 PM

Guys, I can't bid (lost job and going to school) but I wanted to say THANK YOU for all you do and especially for this! God Bless you all!

Posted by: Smoke Eater at January 5, 2005 03:07 PM

OK, I'm in. $750.

Posted by: David M at January 5, 2005 04:23 PM

I was going to bid, but not as high as $750.
Good luck though.

Posted by: Amir at January 5, 2005 04:49 PM

Good work guys, too expensive for my tastes...

Posted by: Jordan Golson at January 5, 2005 05:52 PM

Hey guys, The bidding has become to expensive for me but I would like to make a suggestion. I was going to bid $250 and it went past that pretty fast. I am going to give the $250 that I was going to bid to the LDS Church humanitarian fund because they are sending huge quantities of goods over to the affected areas. My suggestion is that everyone who has bid (and been outbid) should give the amount of their bid to a charity that is providing aid to the area, if they don't know of one they should donate to DRI.Thank you so much for putting this artwork up to help generate funds to ease the suffering of those poor people.

Posted by: David G at January 5, 2005 08:19 PM

John, Allen - you're incredibly good people.

But we knew that. :-D

Posted by: Barbara Skolaut at January 6, 2005 09:30 AM

850 $

Posted by: Bontzay at January 6, 2005 12:33 PM

$870. My final bid.

Posted by: David M at January 7, 2005 11:56 AM

Bidding is closed. Congratulations and thanks to David M!

Posted by: Forkum at January 7, 2005 12:04 PM