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Fossils, ice cream collectibles sharing spotlight

Philip Weiss Auctions' Oct. 15 sale will be the epitome of eclectic, with a selection of fossils including a bear dog skull, and a unique selection of ice cream collectibles sharing the auction block.

LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A mid-week auction featuring more than 500 lots of rare and unusual dinosaur fossils and minerals, antique advertising items, a collection of Black Americana and Part 2 of a noteworthy ice cream collection will be presented Oct. 15 by Philip Weiss Auctions in the firm’s gallery at 74 Merrick Road in Lynbrook, N.Y.

The first gavel will fall at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Internet bidding will be facilitated by and Telephone and absentee (left) bids will also be

Crocodile fossil

This huge prehistoric crocodile skull and neck vertebrae fossil is certain to get paddles wagging. (Photo courtesy Philip Weiss Auctions)


“Fossils and minerals are red-hot as collectibles right now, and I’m proud to be offering a fine selection in this auction,” said Philip Weiss of Philip Weiss Auctions.

The selection of fossils will feature a museum-quality bear dog skull, a huge prehistoric crocodile skull and neck vertebrae, a Brazilian fish fossil, an articulated Mosasaur paddle, two unhatched Raptor eggs, a fossil frog, the 14-inch jaw section from a Basilosaurus fossil, a Trilobite, a Cretaceous-period 75-million-year-old Prograthodon Curril fossil found in Morocco and a Triceratops brow horn.

The selection of minerals will be just as broad and impressive. Lots include a very large azurite specimen, a massive sulfur stalagmite, a gigantic wulfenite specimen, a huge natural smoky quartz crystal, a gem quality ammonite and more. “The minerals and fossils in this sale aren’t just astounding to look at and hold, they’re truly museum-quality collectibles,” Weiss said.

The assortment of antique advertising items will feature Part 2 of the John Panza ice cream collection. Lots will include a rare heart-shaped ice cream scoop, ice cream molds, two Eskimo Pie counter coolers, ice cream serving and spoon sets, ice cream sundae glasses with sterling silver bases and more.

Ice cream collectibles

Part 2 of the John Panza ice cream collection, featuring these items shown, will be in the Oct. 15 auction. (Photo courtesy Philip Weiss Auctions)

Advertising pieces will feature a tin litho “Cheer Up” sign, a Reddy Kilowatt sign, a tin litho Coca-Cola sign, a Scull’s Coffee counter tin, a “Just Wright Shoe” early trunk, a Dwinell-Wright Coffee counter tin and more. Plus, bidders will have a chance at include a wind-up trade stimulator figure, tin litho toys, celluloid toys, porcelains, banks, paper ephemera, prints, books and more.

In addition, on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern time, Philip Weiss Auctions will hold a free appraisal day in the firm’s Lynbrook gallery. For more details, visit, email or call 516-594-0731.

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