In its 50th anniversary, rare Grinch artwork is up for auction

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DALLAS, Texas (KXAN) – Rare animation art from the illustrator behind “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is being auctioned off in Dallas, Saturday June 11.

The family of animator, Chuck Jones, released several hand-painted production backgrounds to Heritage Auctions as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Dr. Seuss classic.

All items on auction were hand selected by Jone’s daughter and grandson. “The magic of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas television special, created 50 years ago, continues to enchant and entertain generation after generation,” said Craig Kausen, Jones’ grandson. “We of the Chuck Jones family are delighted to share a few treasures from this film to help spread and foster creativity into the future.”

There are 27 pieces available for auction, including some of the first concept drawings of the Grinch drafted by Jones himself. The estimated values of items up for auction are between $5,000 and $25,000.

A portion of proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Chuck Jones Center of Creativity in Orange County, California.

Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas was first released in 1966.

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