Minneapolis attorney Ken Abdo grew up with two wall paintings of Charlie Brown and Snoopy, by Charles M. Schulz, in his bedroom. He and his wife Karen raised their four children in the same house, but now, with the kids grown, they’re looking to sell the home once owned by the Peanuts creator. However, there’s a problem: What to do with those one-of-a-kind murals.
“I was sort of personally the shepherd, or the keeper of the art, since I was 6 years old,” Abo tells Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
The 4,500-square-foot Spanish Mediterranean house, where Schulz from 1955 to 1958, is on the market for the first time in 54 years. The Abos hope to find a way to remove the two wall paintings, perhaps for acquisition by the Charles M. Schulz Museum. The house is listed for $850,000, without the art; with it, you’ll pay another $100,000.
“If for some reason the Schulz family didn’t want to acquire these,” Abo told the newspaper, “then it would be something that we would either sell with the home as a separate item or that we would remove ourselves and sell otherwise.”
Schulz, a Minneapolis native, moved to Colorado Springs in 1951, where he painted a mural on the nursery wall featuring Charlie Brown, Patty and Snoopy. It was removed in 2001 and donated to the museum by Polly and Stanley Travnicek. Schulz and his family returned to Minneapolis in 1955, where they loved in the house now owned by the Abos, before moving to California.