May 24, 2006

Art Auction: "Down From The Mountain"


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In the coming months, we will be auctioning a select few original cartoons to the highest bidder. The cartoon above is the first.

"Down From The Mountain" was originally posted on Sept. 12, 2004 and is in our book Black & White World II. We tried to capture the elitist attitude of Dan Rather in response to the revelation by bloggers (like Little Green Footballs and Power Line) that the Bush Guard memos were fake. The cartoon was published in Investor's Business Daily and The Detroit News.

The 9" x 6.5" ink illustration is on a 11" x 7" acid-free bristol board (the black border is not part of the illustration). John and I have signed the front in pencil. The reverse side of the board features a rough pencil sketch of the cartoon that John drew as we discussed the cartoon. Differences between the original and the final cartoon include a "Dan" nameplate and some computerized shading.

The starting bid is $250. Bidding takes place in the comment section below in increments of at least $10. Buyer pays shipping in addition to the winning bid amount, and the shipping method is buyer's choice (e.g, Priority Mail, FedEx overnight, etc.). Payment can be made via PayPal or directly to us. Auction ends on Wednesday, May 31, at noon CST.

UDPATE I -- May 31: Bidding for this cartoon is now closed. Congratulations to "Anonymous" for the winning bid, and thanks to everyone who participated.

We will post the next auction later today, so stay tuned.

UDPATE II: Here's the next Art Auction: "Like A Rat".

Posted by Forkum at May 24, 2006 03:44 PM


Bid $270

Posted by: grant s morrow at May 24, 2006 04:10 PM

"Captures the Elitism" is quite right. My prediction is that history will look back on Rathergate as a watershed event in the downfall of broadcast news.
I sure would feel better about the whole thing if Bush had had the guts to fight like Kerry did. Oh well.

Posted by: john clayton at May 24, 2006 05:10 PM

Bidding process?

Posted by: Cris Henry at May 24, 2006 05:13 PM


Posted by: Greg at May 24, 2006 05:42 PM

I'd love to know which cartoons will be auctioned after this one. Upcoming travel requires planning.

Posted by: Th.B. Nast at May 24, 2006 06:53 PM

Cris, the bidding process takes place right here in the comments and ends next Wednesday, May 31, at noon CST.

Posted by: Forkum at May 24, 2006 09:20 PM


Posted by: Rod at May 25, 2006 05:59 AM

This is one of my favorite C&F's.


Posted by: James Rye at May 25, 2006 01:51 PM


Posted by: JS at May 25, 2006 03:51 PM

Wow, I'm looking forward to seeing how much that thing goes for. It'll surely be for a bundle.

Posted by: Daniel Holway at May 25, 2006 06:43 PM

I agree with Nast. It would be wonderful to know what will be auctioned. I like this one, but most of my favorites contain Uncle Sam. I would give up some of my budgeted discretionary spending to splurge on one of those.

Posted by: Don Layne at May 26, 2006 08:29 AM

I like the Uncle Sam ones, too. I'd especially love to have the one with his arm around Reagan.


Posted by: James Rye at May 26, 2006 08:54 AM

We appreciate everyone's interest in knowing which cartoons are going on the auction block next, and we understand the need to budget. We initially decided not to list future auctions for a couple of reason: 1) to keep people coming back to see what's next; and 2) to avoid committing ourselves to auctioning certain cartoons. However, this is new for us, so we'll see how it goes for while and make changes as needed.

For now I'll say that at least five more cartoons will go on the block in the coming weeks.

Our thanks to everyone who has bid so far.

Posted by: Forkum at May 26, 2006 03:14 PM


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