The image went to auction Thursday in California at the Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs and Memorabilia house.
Before Dr. Seuss became a popular children’s author, he apparently worked as an illustrator of racist cartoons. Now, one of the works is up for auction as his legacy take a major blow.
In a 1929 illustration for Judge magazine, he depicted Black people for sale with a racist sign in the image’s background, according to BET.. “Take home a high-grade n****r for your woodpile. Satisfaction guaranteed,” reads the heading.
The illustration went to auction in California at the Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs and Memorabilia house with a minimum bid of $20,000 on Thursday, CNN reports. By the end, there hadn’t been any bids, but it could receive a post-auction bid, according to Laura Yntema, the auction manager, BET says.
The drawing is one part of a four-part panel drawing called “Cross-Section of the World’s Most Prosperous Department Store,” the report notes.
Dr. Seuss created several offensive cartoons early in his career, but began to atone for his previous views producing several anti-racism illustrations and cartoons, notes the online news site.