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Huge Multi-Estate Sale Features Sports Memorabilia, Rare Books, Celebrity Autographs

by WorthPoint Staff (06/02/11).

This rare, possibly one-of-a-kind “Cherokee Indian” vintage cardboard baseball poster will be among the leading lots in a huge, two-day multi-estate sale slated for June 9 and 11to be hosted by Philip Weiss Auctions.

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. –More than 1,000 lots of sports memorabilia, rare books, autographs, stamps, coins, comics and comic art, animation, Rock ‘n’ Roll items, Kittinger furniture, paintings, bronzes, porcelains will change hands in a huge, two-day multi-estate sale slated for June 9 and 11to be hosted by Philip Weiss Auctions.

The first session will be held on Thursday, June 9, beginning at 4 p.m. (EDT), with a preview scheduled for all day leading up to the start of sale. Offered will be fresh-to-the-market items from prominent area estates, to include Kittinger furniture, original paintings by noted and listed artists, wonderful bronzes, porcelain objects and Part 2 of a Long Island silver collection. Online bidding facilitated by Proxibid, and phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

Then, after a one-day break on Friday, the second session will be held on Saturday, June 11, beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT), with a preview from 8-10 a.m. Packed categories will include sports memorabilia, rare and collectible autographs, stamps and coins, comics and comic art, animation material and rock ‘n’ roll collectibles. Previews will also be held for most of the week.

Archive of correspondence between iconic songwriter Cole Porter and actor Monte Woolley will go on the block.

The Thursday session will be a super estate sale with many desirable items, but Saturday will feature the more glamorous lots. Just a few examples include a rare, possibly one-of-a-kind “Cherokee Indian” vintage cardboard baseball poster; an archive of Cole Porter-Monte Woolley correspondence (letters, autographs, photos); and a signed, inscribed John Lennon handkerchief.

Stamps and coins on Saturday will be highlighted by material from the Great Lakes Collection (stamps), a massive single-owner worldwide stamp collection to be sold as a single lot, numerous estate fresh-to-the-market and unpicked collections of both stamps and coins, a large selection of gold and silver coins, paper currency and covers. Postcards will also be sold.

Sports collectibles will include a large collection of T205 graded tobacco cards, many graded 1950s and ’60s baseball cards, W514 Babe Ruth and Shoeless Joe Jackson cards, a Wee Willie Keeler stick pin with diamonds, a near-complete 1941 Play Ball set, and signed baseballs (to include a 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers baseball with Babe Ruth and a Richard Nixon-signed ball).

A handkerchief signed and inscribed by John Lennon, mounted with a photo of the slain Beatle, is among the Rock ‘n’ Roll memorabilia in the auction.

Other Babe Ruth signed items will also be offered, as will a group of 1928 Brae Burn Country Club championship golf programs signed by golf greats Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Frances Ouimet and many more; two Syracuse University team-signed footballs (to include the 1959/60 Cotton Bowl championship team, with Ernie Davis); a signed Muhammad Ali photo; and a 1971 “Man of the Year” program signed by Ali, Joe Louis and baseball’s Jackie Robinson.

Rounding out the sports category will be single signed Thurman Munson pages (the New York Yankees catcher killed in a 1979 airplane crash), many early baseball photos, a collection of John McEnroe trophies, a 1919 Carnegie Institute of Technology yearbook featuring Honus Wagner, and signed jerseys (to include Walter Payton, Dan Marino, Martin Brodeur and others).

Rare books, autographs and historical material will feature an incredible John Hancock signed letter, a complete set of Aspen Magazines; 1924 Mozarts’s Don Giovanni by B. Cassirer, and high-end art books (to include “Estampes Limited Edition” with signed lithos, four volumes of Picasso signed lithos, and George Barbier’s book “Designs on the Dances of Vaslav Nijinsky”).

Also offered will be a large collection of books from estates, to be sold in bulk lots. Photography will include two original photos by Andre Kertesz, and a group of original photos by George Barris (including Marilyn Monroe from the “Last Sitting” session). Also offered will be etchings and early maps. And fans of comics, comic art and animation will not be disappointed.

A Currier & Ives folio set, titled “Four Seasons in Life,” in high grade.

The category will be highlighted by three fresh Charles Schulz “Peanuts” dailies, several estate comic collections, a nice selection of CGC-graded comics, a great run of “Weird Tales” and “Vintage Picture Play” magazines, animation production art, Disney animation cels, an original Carl Barks “Donald Duck” watercolor, and a “Golden Fleece” deluxe edition artist’s proof on wood.

Music and rock ‘n’ roll items will include a Charlie Parker signed menu, Billy Joel grade school photos and autograph, high-end rock posters (to include Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead and more), a set of four Beatles posters by Richard Avedon, a selection of signed guitars, and jazz autographs (Dizzie Gillespie, Nat “King” Cole, Louie Armstrong and others).

Art and paintings in the Thursday session will feature original oils by Sir Henry Raeburn of Penelope Dering (the “Mistress to the 3rd Earl of Aberdeen”), a portrait of Cornelius van Slingelandt by Hieronymus Van Der Lij, two oils by Pal Fried (including a large nude), a battle scene after Philips Wouwerman, and works by Rockwell Kent, Charles Levier, Rolph Scarlett, R.A. Paulings (portraits), William Meyerowitz, Desmond Heelry, Mihail Chemiakin and others.

An oil painting by Sir Henry Raeburn of Penelope Dering (“Mistress to the 3rd Earl of Aberdeen”).

Also offered will be the Currier & Ives folio set “Four Seasons of Life” in high grade, as well as the smaller set “Homestead” series; a collection of opera illustrations and signed Hockney posters; 30-50 lots of high-end sterling silver; and Tiffany pieces, to include an unusual glass and silver compote, a signed lamp, blotter ends, an inkwell, a great Sphinx paperweight and more.

Bronze pieces will include a selection of erotic Vienna bronze statues by Franz Bergmann, a dore bronze clock with an ornate stand, and bronze creations by Louis Oury, Carl Kauba and Moreau. A large collection of Kittinger furniture will feature eight dining room chairs, a side board, side tables, a bedroom set, tall bookcases, sofas, love seats and more.

Decorative accessories will include a collection of Moser glass, Meissen figures, early Capodimionti statues, a Picasso pottery vase, signed Pairpoint lamps, Lladro figures, Royal Doulton Toby jugs, Hummel figurines, art pottery, art glass, paperweights, ivory statues, a bronze alabaster gargoyle and eagle chandelier, and a pair of architectural terra cotta griffins.

Rounding out just some of the expected top lots from the Thursday session are an Art & Crafts Stickley Brothers bookcase with the original paper label, a gold gilt gargoyle library table with marble top, an architectural carved and painted griffin shelf, an unbelievable and ornately carved music cabinet with beautifully carved mythical creatures, and some nice Oriental rugs.

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

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3 Responses to “Huge Multi-Estate Sale Features Sports Memorabilia, Rare Books, Celebrity Autographs”

  1. Dr.Sam Penn says:

    123123 — – this is Dr. Randolph Penn asking a question. I have an antique four panel Japanese screen with all the figures made of ivory and Jade. It was brought back to America, by the Japanese and the American ambassador to Japan in about 1955. When this ambassador — his estate was auctioned off by Dan Burnerup in Woodstock, Virginia. And I bought this screen in about 1960 — – I paid $10,000 for it then. And I understand now that it is probably worth a great deal more.would you have some recommendations as to how I can market this. I am 88 years old and would like to convert this into money that I could leave to my great-grandchildren. Thank you very much, sincerely, SR Penn

  2. I have a picture of babe Ruth can you tell me about what its worth

  3. Gregory Watkins Gregory Watkins says:

    Dianne,

    You should check out this auction house… they might be able to tell you:

    http://www.worthpoint.com/blog-entry/auction-house-seeking-great-bambio-memorabilia-babe-ruth-centennial-auction

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