For all Simpsons fans the death of Sam Simon was tragic, passing away from colorectal cancer in March this year. Sam was one of the co-creators of The Simpsons alongside Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, also co-writing a dozen episodes, acting as a co-showrunner, character designer, creative consultant, creative supervisor, developer, and writer and after leaving the show in 1993, he remained a part of the prolific series as an executive producer.
Sam Simon was also a philanthropist, he funded the Sam Simon Foundation, which rescued dogs and funded traveling animal surgery clinics, provided vegan food for hungry humans and supported PETA. But most notably, Simon donated his $100 million fortune to Save the Children and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society before his death.
Now the art and artifact collection that he possessed is up for auction, with Sotheby’s selling the collection to benefit the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation. Simon’s custom Simpsons jacket will be on sale, along with a pinball machine, a Simpsons yarmulke, a Bart mug and an Itchy & Scratchy-themed bag.
Sotheby’s will sell Simon’s entire personal collection in a series of sales through the fall and next year, with the collection valuing between $7.7 million and $11.5 million US. Over 260 items will be spread across 11 “various-owner” auctions, beginning September 19 2015 and ending in June 2016.
View some of the items up for sale in the gallery above.
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