Written by Brandon Williams on Sunday, November 25th, 2012

An original piece of hand-coloured Calvin & Hobbes artwork by Bill Watterson has broken the world record for the sale of a comic strip. The original strip was auctioned at Heritage Auctions for $203,150 on November 16th.

“A world record price like this is a testament to just how beloved Calvin & Hobbes was and is,” said Todd Hignite, Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “The final price realized tops any offering from any cartoonist ever, including the giants like Charles Schulz, Winsor McCay and Elzie Segar.”

The strip was originally given to cartoonist Brian Basset as a gift.

“For many collectors this is a chance they’ve were waiting many years for,” added Hignite. “There’s no telling when a chance like this will come around again. The top collectors came after this with great energy.”

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