A racist cartoon drawn popular children’s artist Dr. Seuss failed to garner any bids at an art auction in California on Thursday, reports BET.
The cartoon, drawn early in the career by the creator of the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, and Horton the elephant, shows a man entering a room full of grotesquely stylized African- Americans, with a sign reading : “Take home a high-grade n****r for your woodpile – Satisfaction guaranteed.”
Published in “Judge” magazine in 1929, the color illustration was part of a four panel cartoon, titled “Cross-Section of The World’s Most Prosperous Department Store,” in which rich men are seen making purchases of items designed to make their lives more difficult.
Bidding on the original artwork, held at the Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs and Memorabilia house in Hollywood began at $20,000, however no bids were received despite publicity generated by the controversial cartoon drawn by the beloved author. According to the auction house, the artwork could be sold at a later time.
Seuss, whose real name was Theodore Geisel, went on to become the world’s most popular children’s author — writing 44 books — with sales of over 4 million copies per year.
Geisel died in 1991 in his La Jolla home.