Auction Report: ‘Peanuts’ Strip, Signed ‘Lord of the Rings’ Set Highlight Weiss Auction

The top lot at the most recent Philip Weiss auction was this original “Peanuts” comic strip from 1954 by Charles Schulz, which gaveled for $28,250.

The top lot at the most recent Philip Weiss auction was this original “Peanuts” comic strip from 1954 by Charles Schulz, which gaveled for $28,250.

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – A 3-volume set of the iconic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, with one of the books signed by the author himself, sold for $14,600 at a two-day weekend multi-estate sale held Oct. 3-4 by Philip Weiss Auctions. The books were in very good condition and all had their original dust jackets.

The set—“The Fellowship of the Rings,” “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King”—was one of some 1,300 lots that changed hands over the course of the weekend. Offered were fresh-to-the-market items in an impressive array of categories, to include stamps, coins, rare books, autographs, postcards, sports items, comics, comic art, rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, pop culture items and more. The sale was held at the Philip Weiss Auctions showroom in Oceanside.

Three-volume set of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, one book signed by author J.R.R. Tolkein, sold for $14,600.

Three-volume set of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, one book signed by author J.R.R. Tolkein, sold for $14,600.

Philip Weiss estimated the crowd at around 250 to 350 people over the course of the two days, and an additional 800-1,000 people placed bids online, through Proxibid.com and the firm’s Web site. Also, nearly 3,000 absentee bids were recorded, while phone bidding was brisk both days. The sale grossed approximately $475,000.

“It was a very active weekend,” Weiss said.

Following are additional highlights from the auction (all prices quoted include a 13 percent buyer’s premium):

The top lot of the sale was an original pen-and-ink daily comic strip by the renowned illustrator Charles Schulz. Dated Sept. 6, 1954, the strip was a great example of an early “Peanuts” comic, with a story that featured Patty and Pigpen. It gaveled for $28,250. Another original “Peanuts” daily strip by Schulz—dated April 30, 1977 and featuring Peppermint Patty practicing her math—hit $12,400.

Staying in the comic art category, an original “Tarzan” Sunday page by Burne Hogarth, dated Aug. 25, 1940 and featuring a story titled “Deadly Passage,” with Tarzan swimming for his life, soared to $11,550. Another “Tarzan” Sunday page by Hogarth, dated May 12, 1940 and featuring a story titled “The Lone Avenger,” with Tarzan battling Prince Jagurt, hit $9,040. Both comics were missing their stat titles.

Courvoisier cel set-up of Brer Rabbit from the movie “Song of the South,” signed by Disney, sold for $8,725.

Courvoisier cel set-up of Brer Rabbit from the movie “Song of the South,” signed by Disney, sold for $8,725.

Disney animation cels did extremely well. A Courvoisier cel set-up of Brer Rabbit from the film “Song of the South,” in the original matte with a wonderful inscription signed by Disney, fetched $8,725; a production cel from “Snow White,” showing three dwarves on a Courvoisier background, rose to $4,600; and an enormous cel of Monstro from the movie “Pinocchio” on a Courvoisier background made $4,900.

Speaking of Disney, the original art for a map of Disneyland—an oil and pastel on board work executed in 1958 and believed to have been painted by Sam McKim (known as “the cartographer of Disneyland”) realized $3,600. The map measured 22 inches by 40 inches and was marked with “Walt Disney Productions” on a paper label. It had fine detailing, albeit no TWA insignia on the moon rocket.

A 1973 Salvador Dali book, titled “Les Diners de Gala” and inscribed by the surrealist painter to model and actress Genevieve Gillaizeau, with an original drawing, topped out at $3,500. The book boasted a clean dust jacket and wonderful provenance. Also, a T-204 Ramly Cigarettes baseball card of pitching great Walter Johnson—a key card to a popular set and graded SGC 40 VG 3—brought $8,300.

Rare, turn-of the-century poster for the legendary magician Kellar, by H.A. Thomas, sold for $5,650.

Rare, turn-of the-century poster for the legendary magician Kellar, by H.A. Thomas, sold for $5,650.

A turn-of-the-century poster for the legendary magician Kellar by H.A. Thomas, depicting Kellar’s lithographic image and measuring 28 ½ inches by 18 inches, achieved $5,650. The poster had some staining and tears, but its rarity overrode the imperfections. Also, an 1853 slavery broadside, offering a $150 reward for “the Return of My Negro Man Arch” (Fairfax County, Va.), earned $4,520.

Philip Weiss Auctions’ next big sale will be another weekend event, planned for Nov. 14-15, On Nov. 14 the sale will feature 250 lots of baby boomer material from the Steve Rathkopf Collection, more than 300 lots of toy trains, mostly mint in the box, plus unopened set boxes, to include Marklin, Lionel, LGB and more. Other toys and trains will also be sold.

The Nov. 15 session will include a militaria sale, featuring the lifetime collection of Edward Golaski and featuring hundreds of lots of rifles, guns, swords, knives, hats, European military medals and paraphernalia. Aldo offered will be a great collection of Civil War cartes de visites (many identified and signed, with an emphasis on Indiana and Illinois Regiments).

For more information about these auctions and more, visit the Philip Weiss Auctions Web site, call directly at (516) 594-0731, or e-mail to phil@prwauctions.com.

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