The official signed marriage certificate issued to Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley in the Dominican Republic in 1994 will be the top item up for bid in a Jan. 22-24 auction hosted by Philip Weiss Auctions.
OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – The original marriage certificate issued to Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley—signed by both Jackson and Presley—on May 26, 1994 in the Dominican Republic, where the couple embarked on their brief but highly publicized life together, will be sold in an important multi-estate sale slated for the weekend of Jan. 22-24, 2010.
“Anything relating to Michael Jackson is of extreme interest right now because of his untimely death and the release of the movie,” said Philip Weiss of Philip Weiss Auctions, who will facilitate the auction, “but when you have an item that combines his name and legend with the Presley name and legend, their marriage certificate no less, with both of their signatures on it, you’ve got something that’s almost impossible to predict what it will bring at auction.”
That same weekend, another slice of music and pop culture memorabilia will be sold by Philip Weiss Auctions: a large photo of the Beatles, signed by all four members of the group, personalized to the late pianist Liberace. In their lighthearted way, the Beatles signed it “to Liber-Archie” as a play on words. Also in the auction will be many other pieces of authentic signed Beatles-related memorabilia.
While the Jan. 22-24 auction event is bound to generate tremendous industry buzz, it will be preceded by another important multi-estate auction scheduled for Friday, Nov. 27. Featured lots will include a monumental Francois Linke four-door dore bronze mounted cabinet with ram’s head and lyres, and a large-size original oil painting attributed to Girlando Marsiglia (N.Y., 1792-1850).
Another item to garned a lot of interest is this large photo of the Beatles, signed by all four members and personalized to Liberace.
“Girlando Marsiglia was one of the 15 founders of the National Academy and a renowned Hudson River School painter,” Weiss said. “The work we are selling comes with an actual daguerreotype of Marsiglia—an astounding fact by itself—plus a sterling silver box that was brought to America by him in 1828 and later engraved in 1885. I can’t overemphasize the importance of this lot.”
The Nov. 27 sale will also feature a galaxy of fine decorative accessories, to include a mirror plateau with French ormolu mounts by G. Bointaburet (Paris, circa 1880); a pair of F. Barbedienne bronze plaques; a 19th-century gilt bronze plaque with dancing putti; porcelains; an Argy-Russeau powder box; a collection of Mettlach and Satsuma; Sevres pieces; and 19th century Oriental porcelains.
Other decorative accessories will include hand-painted plates; a gilt and signed bronze and enamel box; pottery and art glass; hand-painted and enameled vases; a monumental gilt bronze center piece; tons of French porcelains; Oriental rugs; and a monumental gilt French Trimue mirror with top center painting. Also sold will be clocks and a collection of vintage phonographs and cylinder players.
Fans of fine art will not be disappointed Nov. 27. Many noted, listed artists will be represented that day, to include the following:
Gustav Prucha (1875-1952), the Austrian painter; Karl Felix (U.S./Austrian, 1837-1906), known for his landscapes, figural paintings and sculptures; Leonardo Nierman (N.Y./Mexican, b. 1932), an abstract expressionist also known for sculptures and murals; Samuel Chaffee (Am., 1850-1930), a painter of landscapes and coastal views; and Frederick Matzow (Conn., 1861-1938), a landscape artist.
This large-size original oil painting attributed to Hudson River School artist Girlando Marsiglia will be sold in another Weiss auction, this one to be held on Nov. 27, 2009.
Other artists of note include John C. Hare (Mass./Fla., 1908-1978), known for his watercolor seascape paintings and rural scenes; Philip R. Morris (U.K., 1838-1902), a landscape painter also known for genre and allegorical works; Mary G. Ascher (N.Y./U.K., 1900-1988), an abstract painter and printmaker); and Yolande Ardissone (Fr., b. 1927), known for landsacapes, still lifes and marine works.
Other artists include Willering Epko, a French painter born in 1928; David Peretz, a French painter (1906-1982); Jacob Van Diegham, the 19th century Dutch painter; Paul Emile Pissarro (Fr., 1884-1972), a landscape painter; French painter Lucien Boulier (1882-1963); Francois Gall (Fr./Hungarian, 1912-1987), known for still life paintings; and Edgar Farasyn (Belgian, 1858-1938).
Rounding out the fine art category, a work attributed to the renowned French and American painter Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), best known for her mother and child portraits, will be sold, as will a large lithograph by Alexander Calder (Conn./N.Y., 1878-1976). Also offered will be a group of rare South American 16th and 17th century religious works and a collection of Art Nouveau and other posters.
Returning to the Jan. 22-24 sale, other lots sure to pique bidder interest include the contents of a train and hobby store that closed in the 1970s that featured trains, soldiers, play sets and more; stamps galore, featuring a complete sheet of 80 Peoples Republic of China Scott #1586 (Monkey New Year); a single-owner lifetime stamp collection; and horse racing trophies won by the jockey Willie Shoemaker.
Wedged between the Nov. 27 and Jan. 22-24 auctions will be a “Let’s Go Hog Wild Sale” planned for Dec. 18-20, featuring a single-owner collection of pig-related memorabilia. The auction will also include a rare boxed G.I. Joe Australian doll; items from the German and French Resistance; dolls; more from the Weaver Circus Collection; and Coca-Cola items, to include early signs and a rare clock.
The three-day weekend event will break out as follows: Friday, Dec. 18, will be dedicated to dolls and toy soldiers; Saturday, Dec. 19, will feature a Christmas collection, an advertising collection and premiums, to include a rare Little Orphan Annie secret decoder ring. Sunday, Dec. 20, will have the pig memorabilia and circus items. The auction house may be serving pulled pork in honor of the theme.
Previews for most sales begin the Wednesday before the sale date, from noon to 5; Thursday and Friday from noon to 8 each day; and 8:30 a.m. on sale day. A 13 percent buyer’s premium will be added to each lot purchased through the gallery. All auctions will be held at #1 Neil Court in Oceanside, N.Y. Online bidding will be facilitated through Proxibid.com. Absentee and phone bids will also be accepted.
For more information about these auctions, call (516) 594-0731, e-mail to phil@prwauctions or visit the Philip Weiss Auctions Web site.
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