The Simpsons late co-creator Sam Simon’s memorabilia go to auction

A pinball machine from The Simpsons and fun pinup art are among the items going to auction from the collection of the show’s co-creator, Sam Simon.

Sotheby’s announced Thursday it will sell Simon’s entire personal collection of memorabilia, fine art and other objects, in a series of sales through the fall and next year. It valued the collection at between $7.7 million and $11.5 million US.


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Simon died from colon cancer March 8 in California at age 59.

The 260-plus lots will be spread across 11 “various-owner” auctions, beginning Sept. 19 and ending in June 2016.

2nd sale just for memorabilia

In addition, Sotheby’s will offer Simon’s memorabilia in a dedicated sale Oct. 22.

Those items include a circa 1990 The Simpsons pinball machine with a presale estimate of $1,000 to $2,000, and a Simpsons jacket decorated with the show’s favourite characters for an estimated $600 to $800.

His art collection includes an August Rodin sculpture of the French writer Balzac estimated to bring up to $350,000. A painting of a boy and his dog by Thomas Hart Benton titled T.P. and Jake could sell for $1.5 million to $2.5 million.

“Each piece in Sam Simon’s collection embodies a central theme: The ability of art to tell a story,” Andrea Fiuczynski, chair of Sotheby’s West Coast, said in a statement.


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All proceeds will go to the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation, which supports animal welfare, disaster relief and other causes.

From television to philanthropy

Simon is credited along with cartoonist Matt Groening as co-creating The Simpsons.

After leaving The Simpsons in 1994, Simon shifted to philanthropy.

In an interview with The Associated Press in 2013, Simon said he wanted to spend all his money on charitable causes. “I’m supporting the charities that I supported during my lifetime,” he said, “and I want to continue to do that.”

After stints writing for Taxi, Cheers and The Tracey Ullman Show, Simon helped launch The Simpsons. During his writing and producing career, he collected nine prime-time Emmy Awards.