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Secret love letters from Charles Schulz heading to auction
If you’ve read the “Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography”, it’s not a surprise to learn that Charles Schulz, creator of the beloved Peanuts comic strip had an extramarital affair while married to his first wife. The are several media stories now that report 44 love letters and original drawings by Sparky to his mistress Tracey Claudius are going to auction. The letters offer insight into the relationship and some speculate that some details of the relationship are found in Peanuts strips of that time period.
As for the letters, there are 44 letters totaling 56 pages, including 22 original drawings of some of the characters, primarily Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy. Many are signed ‘Sparky,’ Schulz nickname.
Sotheby’s says it’s the most significant collection of correspondence and drawings by Schulz to come to auction.
The rare letters reveal insight into his love affair, which in hindsight he was flaunting in his comic strip.
Sparky divorced his first wife in 1972 and remarried Jean in 1973.