Charles Schulz Sent Love Letters (And Cartoons) To A Philadelphia Woman Nearly Half His Age And Now You Can Buy Them

Charles Schulz, the creator of the beloved Peanuts strip, was in love with a 25 year old when he was 48. He was also married at the time, and not to the 25 year old. So how could a famous cartoonist express his love for his younger companion in 1970? By sending her tons of handwritten (and drawn) letters and comics.

Schulz sent these correspondences (which you may have seen at Space 1026) to Tracey Claudius, who is currently ill at her Philly-area home, according to the Associated Press (famous love letters to a Philadelphian? Sounds familiar). The 44 letters, totaling 56 pages — including 22 original drawings of some of the characters — are going up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York City on Dec. 14th, and are reported to fetch around $250,000 to $350,000. So … you know … Christmas gift idea.