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Horror & Sci-Fi Movie Posters, Captain Kangaroo Costume to go Up for Auction

by WorthPoint Staff (12/29/10).

An original, two-piece costume worn by Bob Keeshan for the iconic kids' show “Captain Kangaroo” will be among the items up for sale Jan 21-23 in an event facilitated by Phillip Weiss Auctions.

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Hundreds of mostly fresh-to-the-market lots—including horror and sci-fi movie posters and lobby cards and a costume worn by Captain Kangaroo—will change hands at a weekend multi-estate sale scheduled for Jan. 21-23 by Philip Weiss Auctions. Online bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid.com. Phone and left bids will also be accepted.

This movie insert poster for the famous horror movie “Son of Dracula,” published by Realart in 1943, is part of the Lester Glassner Collection of Hollywood memorabilia.

“As 2010 draws to a close, we are busy preparing for our 2011 auction season,” said Philip Weiss of Philip Weiss Auctions. “Despite a down economy, 2010 was one of our busiest years ever. We have some incredible merchandise not just in the January auction, but for other sales planned. But we still need more great items and collections to keep our buyers happy.”

The action will kick off Friday afternoon, Jan. 21, at 4 p.m., with a session dedicated mainly to antique advertising, coin-operated machines, signs, a collection of shoe-related trade cards, catalogs and more. The Jan. 22 session will feature Hollywood memorabilia, rock ‘n’ roll items and more. Jan. 23 will showcase important paintings, period furniture, Hummels and more.

The Jan. 22 session is noteworthy because it will include Part 3 of The Lester Glassner Collection of Hollywood memorabilia, with additions featuring movie posters and stills; a collection of movie posters and lobby cards, with many horror and science fiction examples; and the original two-piece costume worn by Bob Keeshan for the iconic kids’ show “Captain Kangaroo.”

The movie posters will include insert posters for “Son of Dracula” (Realart, 1943) and “The Return of the Vampire” (Columbia, 1943). Lobby cards will feature “The Wolf Man” (Realart, 1948), “Superman and the Mole Men” (Lippert, 1951), and “The Thing from Another World” (RKO, 1951). One-sheet posters will include a rare example of “Seven Footprints to Satan” (First National Pictures, 1929), plus “G-Men vs. the Black Dragon” (Republic, 1943), The “Invisible Man” (Realart, 1951), “Terror from the Year 5,000” (American International, 1958), and additional movie posters.

The fine art, scheduled to cross the block Sunday, Jan. 23, will include the following:

• An original pen and wash drawing titled “By the Water” by Francesco Lazzaro Guardi (Italian, 1712-1793), faintly signed lower right. Guardi was renowned for his 18th-century architectural renderings, cityscapes, religious paintings and other works.
• An oil on board painting by Jean Dufy (French, 1888-1964), titled “Circus Scene,” signed lower right. Dufy was successful in several media. He painted city scenes and museums, but he was also accomplished in porcelain decoration and theater sets.
• An oil on canvas painting by Boris Israelevich Anisfeld (Russian, 1879-1973), titled “Horses of St. Mark,” signed and dated (1914). Anisfeld was a sculptor, lithographer, painter, illustrator, set designer and long-time teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago.
• A signed, numbered woodcut by Maurits Cornelius Escher (Dutch, 1898-1972), titled “Day and Night,” and a signed and numbered lithograph on woven paper titled “Boven en Onder.” Escher was known for his graphic art and earned high acclaim for his so-called “impossible structures.” He also did realistic style work while living in Italy.
• An original illustration of two angels by pop art icon Andy Warhol. Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was an illustrator in New York City until 1960, when he began producing stylized pop culture renderings. Works by Warhol are highly collectible.

A Louis C. Tiffany Favrile bud vase (shown) and a Tiffany Favrile pastel vase will both be sold.

Also set to come under the gavel will be a Louis C. Tiffany Favrile bud vase (inscribed, 620S5E) and a Tiffany Favrile pastel vase (inscribed, 1885). Gorgeous estate jewelry will also be offered. Previews will be held on the days leading up to, and including, the Jan. 21-23 auction dates.

For more information about this auction, call 516.594.0731, e-mail to phil@prwauctions.com or visit the the Philip Weiss Auctions Web site and Proxibid.com.

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