01/09/2013 09:13 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Maurice Sendak Auction: Drawings And Rare Edition Of 'Where The Wild Things Are' Up For Grabs (PHOTOS)

A rare first edition of "Where The Wild Things Are," signed and inscribed with a drawing by Maurice Sendak, heads to auction later this month. "20th Century Illustration: Original Art/Books, Featuring Maurice Sendak" will take place at Swann Auction Galleries on January 24 in New York.

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The Sendak mementos came from the library of book collector Reed Orenstein, who once owned an early edition so rare that Sendak himself asked to buy it back. Orenstein gave Sendak the book and the author returned the favor by offering the collector drawings and personal items.

Sendak's drawings will be auctioned alongside other childhood illustrators including Dr. Seuss, Beatrix Potter, Edward Gorey and Charles Schulz. Check out a preview of the auction below, and prepare for your heart to be warmed!

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If you want to immediately fall head over heels in love with Mr. Sendak, listen to his heartbreaking interview with NPR's Terri Gross below.