OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Three original Charles Schulz comic strips – two dailies and a Sunday – sold for a combined $89, 275 at a multi-estate sale held the weekend of Sept. 8-9 by Philip Weiss Auctions. The two dailies sold for $20,340 each. The Sunday page was the sale’s top lot at $48,595. All prices include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.
Over the course of the two-day, three-session event, about 1,600 lots changed hands in a variety of categories. These included western, TV and comic book characters, military toys, coins, stamps and comic strip art. The sale also featured the third part of a single-owner collection of ocean liner, World’s Fair and Hollywood memorabilia; a circus collection and general collectibles.
Three photo albums, each containing about 75 publicity photos of actress Susan Hayward, sold for $1,751 each. Most of the photos were 8 inches by 10 1/2 inches. In some instances, Hayward’s name had been misspelled and corrected with black ink.
Two Russian gold coins, each with a face value of 10 rubles, realized strong prices. One, dated 1778, hit $11,865. The other, dated 1894 and featuring Alexander III’s bust and a crowned eagle, reached $4,802. An Elizabeth I one-pound British gold coin dated 1600 changed hands for $9,887.
A booklet of six never-hinged, two-cent stamps from around 1905, in mint condition and carrying a modest estimate of $240, brought $2,373. A collection of Norwegian stamps from a dealer’s estate, loaded with 19th- and 20th-century singles, blocks and covers, achieved $2,203.
“Three Stooges” collectors got a treat when a rare school bag, maroon with a colored decal of the boys in a typical roughhousing pose, crossed the block for $3,672. The bag was made in 1961 and marked Norman Maurer Productions Inc.
An original pressed steel Buddy L toy airplane hangar, with three mono-coupe airplanes, took off for $1,299. The planes were all original, while the hangar had been professionally restored. Also, an original General Electric “Radio Man” advertising mascot doll, circa 1930s, sold for $847.
Weiss’ November sale (dates to be announced) includes a Gil Hodges Brooklyn Dodgers game-worn jersey; several signed General George A. Custer documents; a single-owner collection of tin tags, tobacco cards and silks; and vintage Civil War images.
For more information, visit www.philipweissauctions.com or call 516-594-0731.