No Bids for Dr. Seuss N-Word Artifact

Auction house closes out a grotesque slice of early Geisel history.

DrSeussJudgeMagazinePanelThere may be hope for the world yet.

In a land (Los Angeles) where the utterance of this particular word recently and forever tarnished our memory of the actor who played Kramer, local auction house Nate D. Sanders has closed out Lot #272. From a report by CNN:

There were no bids as of 8 p.m. ET Thursday and the lot was closed for bidding. The drawing will be kept for a while, in case of a post-auction bid, according to auction manager Laura Yntema.

Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, was 25 when the illustration was created. He would begin publishing his popular children’s books eight years later.

In the fourth and final panel of a riff on The World’s Most Prosperous Department Store published in the June 1, 1929 issue of weekly satirical magazine Judge, a group of black men grossly caricatured as monkeys are shown next to a sign reading: ‘Take Home a High-Grade N***** For Your Woodpile! – Satisfaction Guaranteed’ The item’s anonymous seller was seeking a minimum bid of $20.000.

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