Sam Simon, who passed away earlier this year, left behind a brilliant legacy as one of the original creators of the The Simpsons and as a wildly generous philanthropist. He also left behind a wealth of Simpsons memorabilia. On October 22 in New York, Sotheby’s will be auctioning off some really rare and cool Simpsons items once owned by Simon.
Along with Matt Groening, Simon played a crucial role in upgrading the series from animated shorts (which were first seen on The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987) to what’s become the longest-running half-hour American sitcom of all time. So to no ones surprise, Simon was able to form a serious Simpsons collection.
At the auction, die-hard fans will be able to bid on lots of Simpsons memorabilia. There’s a Simpsons-themed pinball machine estimated to be worth up to $2,000; a leather jacket expected to fetch between $600 and $800; a “Krusty Rules” trashcan, which will go for an estimated $200 to $400; and an Itchy and Scratchy bag, among many other items.
The auction will also feature memorabilia from some of the other shows Simon worked on, including The Drew Carey Show (fans can buy a lunchbox and thermos), Cheers and Taxi. Simon also managed boxer Lamon Brewster, who won the World Boxing Organization heavyweight championship in 2004, so the auction will offer some boxing memorabilia as well.
Shortly after Simon was diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, he announced that he would be giving away nearly his entire fortune to various charities upon his death. The sales from the Sotheby’s auction will benefit the Sam Simon Foundation, which is dedicated to helping hungry people and stray dogs.
In addition to the over 250 pieces of memorabilia, 114 pieces from Simon’s art collection will also be up for auction. The total sales from the art collection alone is estimated to fall between $7.7 million and $11.5 million, according to The Associated Press. That’s a lot of money for one really fantastic cause.
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