Kentucky rifle brings almost $99K at Weiss auction

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – A Kentucky flintlock rifle, made in the early 1800s by John Armstrong of Emmitsburg, Md., sold for $98,875 at a sale held Nov. 17-18 by Philip Weiss Auctions. The auction also included rare books, photographs and militaria. The rifle was the top lot in a sale that grossed around $750,000. All prices include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.

The Armstrong rifle had a barrel measuring 46 inches and an overall length of 61 inches. Rifle.jpgFeatures included a blade-type front sight and open rear sight; a scroll-carved stock, believed to be curly maple; a cheek rest in silver plate with a Federal eagle and the word Liberty; and a striker plate engraved on the side with the scrolled letters JA.

The top lot of the sale was this Kentucky flintlock rifle, circa early 1800s, $98,875.

Original “Peanuts” pages drawn by Charles Schulz – all dailies –gaveled for a combined $108,480. One was from 1952, two were from 1963 and one was from 1965.

Poster.jpgFour posters for the Pennsylvania Railroad and executed in the 1930s went for a combined $48,475. Leading the group was a travel poster by Edward M. Eggleston (1883-1941) and titled Atlantic City – America’s All-Year Resort. It reached $14,500.

Travel poster from the 1930s promoting Atlantic City, $14,500.

Original comic book cover art from Adventure #280 (“Superboy,” circa 1960), drawn by Curt Swan and still in its original state, hammered for $35,030.

Another work of original “Superboy” comic art, also drawn by Swan, achieved $21,470. The piece was inked by Stan Kaye, and depicted Superboy and another boy playing tennis on the moon. It was from issue #77 (December 1959).

Adventure.jpgA nearly complete set of four-page broadsides, printed by the Dun Emer/Cuala Press in Ireland from June 1908 to May 1915 (83 issues total), sold as one lot for $33,900. Only Vol. II #10 was missing. Each broadside included one black-and-white and two colored illustrations by Jack Yeats. Only 300 copies of each issue were printed.

Original comic book cover art from Adventure #280 (“Superboy,” circa 1960), $35,030.

A fan card signed by all four Beatles at Glasgow Airport in Scotland (for a police officer assigned to their security detail during a tour in the early 1960s) sold for $18,080. The card came with a photo of the actual signing, plus a newspaper centerfold picturing the recipient saluting the Beatles upon their arrival in Glasgow.

A complete set of Goudey baseball cards (96) from 1934, in varying grades and with more than one Lou Gehrig card included, was a hit at $14,690.Dracula.jpg A Sporting Life card of Honus Wagner, produced in the early 1900s but degraded after its removal from a scrapbook, hammered for $4,800; and a Roy Campanella #31 Bowman card from 1951 changed hands for $4,745.

First-edition copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, $14,690.

A first-edition copy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Constable, 1897), in good shape and printed on thick stock, with uncut page edges and no advertisements in the back, achieved $14,690; three documents signed by Gen. George A. Custer were sold for a combined $12,100; and a bicycle lapel button collection (circa 1900) reached $2,700.

For more information, log on to www.philipweissauctions.com, or call 516-594-0731.

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