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Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein


Nationality: American

Birth Place: Chicago (Cook county, Illinois, United States)

Sheldon “Shel” Silverstein was an American poet, singer, songwriter, cartoonist, and writer of children’s books. He was born in Chicago in 1930 and died of a heart attack in 1999. After getting expelled from the University of Illinois, Silverstein was drafted into the Army and served in both Japan and Korea.

In 1964, one of his most famous stories, The Giving Tree, was published after much difficulty. Publishers liked the story but were troubled by its sad ending. The book is still popular today. Silverstein’s first collection of poetry, Where the Sidewalk Ends, was released in 1974. His books have sold over 20 million copies.

An accomplished writer, Silverstein also illustrated his books. He won a Grammy for 1970’s “A Boy Named Sue,” and was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe for the song “I’m Checking Out” from the film “Postcards from The Edge.“

He had a great sense of humor and was a well- known contributor to the Dr. Demento radio show, performing such favorites as “Sarah Cynthia Silvia Stout (Who Would Not Take the Garbage Out).” His songs were performed by Marianne Faithful, Bobby Bare, and Belinda Carlisle, spanning the decades from the 1970’s to 2000’s.

Not many are aware of the fact that Silverstein himself was a book collector. He cherished the look and feel of a good book. Silverstein would not allow his own writing to be published unless he selected the size, shape, and quality of the paper. For this reason, many of his works are not available in paperback.

A multi-talented artist and writer, Shel Silverstein, continues to bring joy and laughter to the American people. Silverstein’s works are loved by millions, spanning many generations.


Shel Silverstein Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
SHEL SILVERSTEIN (American, 1932-1999) Silverstein's History of Playboy, set of sixteen Playboy cartoon illustrations, p...
SHEL SILVERSTEIN (American, 1932-1999)Silverstein's History of Playboy, set of sixteen Playboy cartoon illustrations, pa...
Lot 78070
Auction 5066
Sunday, October 23, 2011
SHEL SILVERSTEIN (American, 1932-1999) Silverstein in Moscow, Playboy cartoon illustration, group of 7, March 1958 Ink...
SHEL SILVERSTEIN (American, 1932-1999)Silverstein in Moscow, Playboy cartoon illustration, group of 7, March 1958Ink... (Total: 7 Items)
Lot 93075
Auction 7017
Saturday, February 27, 2010
SHEL SILVERSTEIN (American, 1932-1999) The Disguise, Playboy cartoon illustration Pen and watercolor on board 20.25 x
SHEL SILVERSTEIN (American, 1932-1999)The Disguise, Playboy cartoon illustrationPen and watercolor on board20.25 x...
Lot 78337
Auction 5126
Friday, April 12, 2013
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein Production Cel Group of 2 (Churchill Films, 1973).... (Total: 2 )
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein Production Cel Group of 2 (Churchill Films, 1973).... (Total: 2 )
Lot 13200
Auction 121651
Sunday, December 18, 2016
SHEL SILVERSTEIN (American, 1932-1999) Playboy cartoon illustration, August 1965 Ink on board 12 x 14 in. Initialed
SHEL SILVERSTEIN (American, 1932-1999)Playboy cartoon illustration, August 1965Ink on board12 x 14 in.Initialed ...
Lot 93076
Auction 7017
Saturday, February 27, 2010

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