Before he rose to fame with “The Cat in the Hat,” Dr. Seuss’ art was quite racist.

In a 1929 he depicted black people for sale with a racist sign in the image’s background. “Take home a high-grade [n–ger] for your woodpile. Satisfaction guaranteed,” read the heading.

The illustration went to auction in California at the Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs and Memorabilia house with a minimum bid of $20,000 on Thursday (May 28), CNN reported.

By the end, there hadn’t been any bids, but it could receive a post-auction bid, according to Laura Yntema, the auction manager, BET reported.

The drawing is one part of a four-part panel drawing called Cross-Section of the World’s Most Prosperous Department Store.

Before the writer, real name Theodor Seuss Geisel, convinced generations of children that a wocket might just be in their pocket, he was the chief editorial cartoonist for the New York newspaper PM from 1940 to 1948.

During his tenure he cranked out some 400 cartoons – many which would be considered offensive nowadays. But began to atone for his previous views producing several anti-racism illustrations and cartoons later on his career.

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