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Auction House, Damaged by Sandy, Returns with Toy, Book, Memorabilia Sales

by Special to WorthPoint (02/12/13).

This Apollo 11 program, signed by astronauts from the mission, will cross the block Feb. 26.

LYNBROOK, N.Y.— Three auctions have been scheduled for February and March featuring historical memorabilia, rare books, stamps, and coins hosted by Phillip Weiss Auctions.

The sales represent the return to live sales for the firm, which was displaced when its Oceanside, N.Y., building was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy and the company was forced to vacate it.

“It was hard saying goodbye to our old home,” said Philip Weiss. “After all, we’d been there for more than 25 years, holding consistent, monthly auctions. But life goes on, and we’re settling in nicely and looking forward to a series of sales that will let people know, in no uncertain terms, that we’re back.”

The first sale, set for Tuesday, Feb. 26, will feature rare books and memorabilia, including a postcard handwritten by JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, a rare painting of U.S. president James Madison attributed to Samuel Morse, a single-owner collection of political buttons, presidential and political documents and a U.S. Supreme Court archive with 42 signatures.

Other highlights feature a $400,000 collection of U.S. entires and cut-corner stamps, a single-owner Hong Kong stamp collection estimated at $25,000 to $35,000, an Apollo 11 autographed program and Cole Porter’s traveling gambling game set.

In addition, several original “Peanuts” strips by Charles Schulz will also be on offer.

The rare-books category will boast a collection of high-end color plate books and volumes of Americana and literature, including Ernest Hemingway and Matthew Brady archives.

In March, two additional auctions are scheduled. On Sunday, March 10, a 50-lot sale will focus on toys, including toy soldiers and trains. Highlights of the day will include a 1954 Superman vs. the Robot metal lunch box, a Corgi Batman helicopter and Barboat, a Corgi Batmobile and Batboat gift set, mint-on-card Star Wars action figures and a 1970s GI Joe doll. Bidding will be held on-site only.

This animation cel from the Disney film Little Toot, comes from the estate of Hardie Gramatky and is signed by Walt Disney.

On Sunday, March 30, focus will shift to comics, comic art, sports and non-sports cards and animation art. Sports items will feature a 1947 game scorecard signed by baseball legend Jackie Robinson, a rare copy of the book “History of Colored Baseball” by Sol White and several single-owner card collections.

Animation art will include a 200-piece, single-owner animation collection from the estate of Hardie Gramatky, the noted American artist and writer and author of the “Little Toot” children’s books series. Items will feature a Little Toot original animation cel on a master background signed and inscribed by Walt Disney and complete “Little Toot” original book art.

Internet bidding will be provided by Proxibid.com and Auctionzip.com for sales that accept off-site bidding, Online catalogues can be viewed at Phillip Weiss Auctions’ website.

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