Iconic #1 comic books vying for top lot in Jan. 18 auction

LYNBROOK, N.Y. — Philip Weiss Auctions – which took such a fierce pounding from Hurricane Sandy last year it was forced to move from its decimated facility in Oceanside – is still rebuilding from the storm but has a full slate of big auctions planned for the first three

Ali robe

Sports memorabilia will feature a Muhammad Ali signed Everlast boxing robe, with photo. (Photo courtesy Phillip Weiss Auctions)

months of 2014. All the sales will be held in the firm’s new Lynbrook gallery, located at 74 Merrick Road.

The New Year will kick off with an auction on Saturday, Jan. 18, dedicated to comics, comic art, sports memorabilia, animation and more. That will be followed by a pair of auctions in February: Wednesday, Feb. 5 (featuring estate sale paintings, pottery, porcelain, an inkwell collection and more); and Wednesday, Feb. 26 (packed with rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, natural history collectibles – to include fossils – historical posters, ocean liner memorabilia and more).

March will also be a two-auction month. On Saturday, March 15, a sale will be conducted featuring antique advertising, ice cream memorabilia, coin-ops and Coney Island memorabilia. Then, on Sunday, March 30, toys, trains, dolls and toy soldiers will take center stage. Internet bidding for all the sales will be provided by Proxibid.com and Auctionzip.com (Invaluable.com).

“When I go over the list of items already consigned for these auctions, the quality of the merchandise is just staggering,” said Philip Weiss of Philip Weiss Auctions. “I’m talking about a full dinosaur skeleton, a photo signed by all four Beatles, a Tiffany hanging Daffodil shade, items from the Titanic sister ship the Britannica and original artwork by Moise Kisling.”

The Jan. 18 auction will be highlighted by an incredible attic find of Golden Age comics. These will include copies of Archie Comics #1, The Incredible Hulk #1, Fantastic Four #1, Superman #27 and #40, Batman #18 and #20, Mystery Comics #4, Detective Comics #30, All-Flash Comics #12 and Fun Comics #92. Several estate comic collections will also

Archie comic books

The many Golden Age comics will include a copy of the very first Archie Comics comic book. (Photo courtesy Phillip Weiss Auctions)

be auctioned.

The sports memorabilia is just as impressive. Baseball items will include a Mike Schmidt game-worn uniform, a Babe Ruth autograph on note paper, a single-signed Grover Cleveland Alexander baseball with JSA letter of authenticity, a recently discovered trove of T207 baseball cards with Cycle and Broadleaf cigarette backs, bats, balls and a group of various stadium seats.

Boxing memorabilia will be led by an autographed Muhammad Ali Everlast boxing robe, a 1975 poster for The Thrilla in Manila signed by Ali and Joe Frazier, a business card signed on the back by James J. Braddock and an Everlast boxing robe worn by the late Arturo “Thunder” Gatti. Also auctioned will be hundreds of sports cards from the turn of the century upwards.

Comic art will feature an original Charles Schulz Peanuts daily comic strip dated Oct. 21, 1966, and an original Schulz Li’l Folks strip (with a rough pencil sketch drawing). Animation art will include a large group of Disney movie production cels, including Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, original Evynd Earle artwork and more. Also sold will be a Little Mermaid oil painting by James Coleman and original Carl Barks art (“Hats Off! The Flag Is Passing By!”) with book.

The Feb. 5 event will feature original artworks, many of them by noted, listed artists. Two are expected to attract keen bidder interest. One is an oil on canvas portrait of a boy with his hands across his lap by Polish-born French artist Moise (Maurice) Kisling (1891-1953). Works by Kisling have commanded anywhere from $30,000-$200,000 and up at auction in recent years.

The other is an original oil on board by Spanish-born painter and sculptor Angel Botello (1913-1986). Botello moved to Spain in the 1920s but was active later in life in Puerto Rico and Haiti. Also sold will be a lithograph by Thomas Hart Benton (Am., 1889-1975), likely the most important painter of the American Scene movement. His style blended modernism with realism.

T207-cardsOther artworks being offered on Feb. 5 will include a pair of figural works by the Russian born artist Mane Katz (1894-1962), known for his portraits and paintings with Jewish themes; an oil on canvas portrait study of a man with a straw hat and head scarf by Feliks Wygrzywalski (Pol., 1875-1944) and a lovely framed winter landscape by Leon Foster Jones (Am., 1871-1940).

The Feb. 25 sale will be co-headlined by outstanding rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia and fantastic natural history items. The rock lots will feature the aforementioned Beatles-signed autographs (early, circa 1962, on a white sheet of paper measuring 8” by 10”), photos of the Rolling Stones signed by the members of the band and an Elton John autographed gold record.

The natural history component is certain to garner attention. Items will include a full dinosaur skeleton of the modest-sized creature Pterosaur (complete but disarticulated), a Jurassic Period bird fossil, a prehistoric cave bear skull, a mastodon upper and lower jaw, a giant Irish elk skull, a woolly mammoth tusk and other fossils and bones. Also sold will be

Mike Schmidt uniform

Game-worn uniform from Hall of Fame Philadelphia Phillies’ third baseman Mike Schmidt. (Photo courtesy Phillip Weiss Auctions)

genuine meteorites.

The March 15 sale of antique advertising, ice cream memorabilia, coin-ops and Coney Island will feature an impressive single-owner collection of ice cream and soda fountain items. The Mar. 30 auction will focus on toys, trains, dolls and toy soldiers. Consignments were still being accepted at press time. Watch the website as auction day nears: www.weissauctions.com.

Philip Weiss Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (516) 594-0731; or, you can send an e-mail to Philip Weiss at Phil@WeissAuctions.com. For more information about Philip Weiss Auctions and the first quarter 2014 auctions, please log on to www.weissauctions.com

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