Comics, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Art Slated for Trio of January Auctions

“Archie Comics” #1 will be among issues up for auction in January.

LYNBROOK, N.Y. — Philip Weiss Auctions has announced a series of upcoming auctions to feature paintings, pottery, rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia and natural history collectibles, beginning in January.

The first, scheduled for Jan. 18, will be dedicated to comics, comic art, sports memorabilia and animation. The second sale, on Feb. 5, will feature estate-sale paintings, pottery, porcelain, and an inkwell collection, with the third auction, on Feb. 26, spotlighting rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, natural-history collectibles, including fossils, historical posters and ocean-liner memorabilia.

The Jan. 18 auction will be highlighted by an incredible attic find of Golden Age comics. These will include copies of “Archie Comics” #1, “The Incredible Hulk” #1, “Fantastic Four” #1, “Superman” #27 and #40, “Batman” #18 and #20, “Mystery Comics” #4, “Detective Comics” #30, “All-Flash Comics” #12 and “Fun Comics” #92. Several estate comic collections will also be auctioned.

The sports memorabilia will include a Mike Schmidt game-worn uniform, a Babe Ruth autograph on notepaper, a single-signed Grover Cleveland Alexander baseball with JSA letter of authenticity, a recently discovered trove of T207 baseball cards with Cycle and Broadleaf cigarette backs, bats, balls and a group of various stadium seats.

Muhammed Ali’s robe from the “Thrilla in Manila” will change hands.

Boxing memorabilia will be led by an autographed Muhammad Ali Everlast boxing robe, a 1975 poster for “The Thrilla in Manila” signed by Ali and Joe Frazier, a business card signed by James J. Braddock and an Everlast boxing robe worn by the late Arturo “Thunder” Gatti. Also auctioned will be hundreds of sports cards from the turn of the century onward.

Comic art will feature an original Charles Schulz “Peanuts” daily comic strip dated Oct. 21, 1966, and an original Schulz “Li’l Folks” strip with a rough pencil-sketch drawing. Animation art will include a large group of Disney movie production cels, including “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” and “Sleeping Beauty” and original Evynd Earle artwork. Also sold will be a “The Little Mermaid” oil painting by James Coleman and original Carl Barks art with book.

The Feb. 5 event will feature original artworks, many of them by noted, listed artists expected to attract keen bidder interest. One is an oil-on-canvas portrait of a boy with his hands across his lap by Polish-born French artist Moise (Maurice) Kisling (1891-1953). Works by Kisling have commanded anywhere from $30,000 to $200,000 at auction in recent years.

The other is an original oil-on-board by Spanish-born painter and sculptor Angel Botello (1913-1986). Botello moved to Spain in the 1920s but was active later in life in Puerto Rico and Haiti. Also sold will be a lithograph by Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975), likely the most important painter of the American Scene movement. His style blended modernism with realism.

Other artworks being offered on Feb. 5 will include a pair of figural works by the Russian born artist Mane Katz (1894-1962), known for his portraits and paintings with Jewish themes; an oil on canvas portrait study of a man with a straw hat and head scarf by Feliks Wygrzywalski (1875-1944) and a lovely framed winter landscape by Leon Foster Jones (1871-1940).

This production cel from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves” will also cross the block.

The Feb. 25 sale will be co-headlined by outstanding rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia and fantastic natural-history items. The rock lots will feature Beatles-signed autographs (circa 1962, on a white sheet of paper), photos of the Rolling Stones signed by members of the band and an Elton John–autographed gold record.

The natural history component is certain to garner attention. Items will include a full dinosaur skeleton of a pterosaur, a modest-sized creature (complete but disarticulated), a Jurassic Period bird fossil, a prehistoric cave-bear skull, a mastodon upper and lower jaw, a giant Irish elk skull and a woolly mammoth tusk. Also sold will be meteorites.

Two additional auctions are scheduled for March. On March 15, a sale will feature antique advertising, ice-cream memorabilia, coin-ops and Coney Island memorabilia. Then, on March 30, toys, trains, dolls and toy soldiers will take center stage.

Internet bidding for all the sales will be provided by Proxibid.com and Auctionzip.com.

For more information or to view catalogues, visit Philip Weiss Auctions’ website.


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