Rare Robert Crumb counterculture cartoonist archive brings $16,950

An archive of material pertaining to the famous counterculture cartoonist Robert Crumb – including a pair of original hand-drawn personal greeting cards and a 13-page sketchbook – sold March 4-6 for $16,950. The sketchbook, measuring 5 inches by 8 inches, was crammed with the quirky and humorous drawings that have made Crumb famous since he burst on the scene in the 1960s. Included were a four-page story/poem titled The Moonlight March, illustrations depicting folk singers Judy Collins and Joan Baez, a two-page spread of the New York City skyline and more.
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Newly discovered vintage Robert Crumb sketches offered in March 4 sale

A recently discovered diary/sketchbook from counterculture cartoonist Robert Crumb is just one of hundreds of quality, fresh-to-the-market lots in a rainbow of categories will cross the block the weekend of Mar. 4-6. The sale also feature a group of a dozen original Star Wars figures and a nice collection of cast-iron still banks and toys including Arcade, Hubley and Kenton.
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Antique tobacco tins and sign collection totals $560,000

An early, richly illustrated Home Run Cigars, featuring a runner sliding across home plate easily surpassed its $8,000-$12,000 estimate to achieve $18,400 and top lot honors in a sale of advertising tins, signs, store displays amassed by Chicago design executives David and Marcia Hirsch. The entire collection brought $560,000 and was presented in an heirloom quality auction catalog meticulously designed by the Hirsches themselves.
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Kentucky Derby winner’s blanket marks new sports collectible debut

The official white fleece winner’s blanket worn by Big Brown in the 2008 (134th) Kentucky Derby sold Dec, 9 for $3,630 in an online auction held by Grey Flannel Auctions. Auctioneer Richard Russek said the one of a kind historical item marks a brand new collecting area for sports fans since blankets worn by prize-winning horses are much rarer than modern-era baseball jerseys. "While a baseball player might wear many hundreds of jerseys in his career, a thoroughbred horse runs in only so many races, and there are only so many blankets or halters per race." Read More +