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Where the wild things are for sale

Where the wild things are for sale

The Swann Gallery in New York is holding a large auction of 20th century illustrations that features the works of Maurice Sendak. There are many books by Sendak and those he illustrated, some original sketches, signed books and a first edition of "Where the Wild Things Are," with an inscription that includes a drawing of one of his Wild Thing monsters.

"Dear Reed -- This certainly looks like a first edition -- it has all the wrong colors in the right places!" Sendak wrote beside the figure of a dancing Wild Thing. His inscription and...