Maurice Sendak decorated cow sells for $93,750

A tabletop cow, decorated by Maurice Sendak with scenes and characters from Where the Wild Things Are, sold at Heritage Auctions for $93,750.
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A tabletop cow decorated by Maurice Sendak sold at Heritage Auctions for $93,750.

Maurice Sendak, “Moo-Reese” tabletop cow, drawn and painted by the artist with help from Lynn Caponera, 2000. Cow sculpture hand-decorated by Sendak and his associate, with metal pail and “Max” plush doll dressed in his wolf suit, all on oblong base. 27 x 17.5 x 7.5 inches.

Molded plaster figure decorated in pencil and watercolor with several characters from Where the Wild Things Are, interspersed with foliage. As part of the Cow Parade staged in New York, Chicago and Zurich, Sendak was invited to decorate a full-sized cow but opted instead for the table-top version. [Together with:] Justin G. Schiller and Dennis M. V. David, curators, Maurice Sendak.

A Celebration of the Artist and His Work. New York: Abrams, 2013. First edition. Large quarto (11.125 x 10.5 inches). 223 pages. Featuring the tabletop cow on page 211.
Sold for $93,750 at Heritage Auctions on March 6, 2019.

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