A pinball machine from “The Simpsons” and fun pinup art are among the items going to auction from the collection of the show’s co-creator Sam Simon.
Sotheby’s announced that it will be selling Simon’s entire personal collection of memorabilia, fine art and other objects in a series of sales through the autumn and next year. It valued the collection between $7.7 million and $11.5 million.
Simon died from colon cancer March 8 in California at 59.
The 260-plus lots will be spread across 11 “various-owner” auctions, beginning September 19 and ending in June 2016.
In addition, Sotheby’s will offer Simon’s memorabilia in a dedicated sale October 22. Those items include a circa 1990 “The Simpsons” pinball machine with a presale estimate of $1,000 to $2,000 and a “Simpsons” jacket decorated with the show’s favorite characters for an estimated $600 to $800.
His art collection includes an August Rodin sculpture of the French writer Balzac estimated to bring up to $350,000. A painting of a boy and his dog by Thomas Hart Benton titled “T.P. and Jake” could sell for $1.5 million to $2.5 million.
“Each piece in Sam Simon’s collection embodies a central theme: The ability of art to tell a story,” Andrea Fiuczynski, chairwoman of Sotheby’s West Coast, said in a statement.
All proceeds will go to the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation, which supports animal welfare, disaster relief and other causes.
After leaving “The Simpsons” in 1994, Simon shifted to philanthropy.