If you happened to be planning to buy, say, 100 dozen donuts but would rather have your hard-earned money feed a worthy cause, plop down on the couch and check this out. All nine Emmys won by The Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon during his career — seven for the toon phenom and two for The Tracey Ullman Show are going up for auction next month, along with other personal items. Proceeds will benefit the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation, which supports causes including animal welfare, poverty alleviation and disaster relief.

Sam SimonAmong Simon’s other items to be gaveled are his comic book collection, Ansel Adams photographs, boxing memorabilia and artwork. The live and online auction is set for February 21 at Abell Auction Company’s Los Angeles gallery.

Writer-director-producer Simon, who died last year,  co-created The Simpsons with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. It started as a series of vignettes on Tracey Ullman before Fox ordered it to series. It has gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon and the longest-running scripted primetime series in U.S. history. In May, Fox handed the animated stalwart another two-season renewal, which will take The Simpsons through at least Season 28 and an “Ay Caramba”-worthy 625 episodes.

Mark Dennison
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