One of the most desirable Peanuts strips, showing Snoopy confronting his arch nemesis the Red Baron, will sell at Nate D Sanders on October 30.
Opening at $80,000, the minimum bid demonstrates the continuing popularity of Peanuts strips with collectors, who regularly offer large sums to own the work of legendary artist Charles Schulz.
The work is one of only eight Peanuts strips to have run on New Year's Day, appearing on Sunday, 1 January 1967. It shows the heroic Snoopy as a flying ace, fantasising about shooting down his enemy.
The piece is larger than most Peanuts strips, with 15 panels. Hand-drawn by Charles Schulz, it still bears the United Feature Syndicate label and is in near fine condition.
Another Peanuts strip will make for a great Halloween collectible, with Linus writing to the "Great Pumpkin" to ask for Halloween presents. The four-panel strip starts at $18,000.
Peanuts is one of the most popular and influential comic strips, and has a special place in the hearts of many Americans, with TV specials airing every Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is this nostalgia that powers the market for collectibles from the comic.
Paul Fraser Collectibles has a great range of affordable Peanuts memorabilia for sale.