Monster Three-Day Sales, Estate Sale Highlight Philip Weiss Auctions’ Autumn

Several rare vintage lunchboxes, including a Superman vs. the Robot, will be sold at Philip Weiss Auctions on Sept. 24, part of two massive, three-day auctions the firm will host this autumn.

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Most auction houses can brag about having maybe one three-day sale per year, if that, but Philip Weiss Auctions has two such events planned for back-to-back months—on Sept. 23-25 and Oct. 21-23. A one-day estate sale is also slated, for Sept. 15. All of the auctions will be held in the Philip Weiss Auctions showroom in Oceanside.

Just a few of the many noteworthy lots that will change hands this fall are an important family archive of Titanic memorabilia, from a survivor’s family; 1930s-era original comic art (to include Herriman “Krazy Kat” and Foster “Prince Valiant” examples; a nice Disney “Snow White” animation cel on a master background; and a pair of rare Dickson pistols from the Charles Gordon collection.

The Saturday, Sept. 15 estate sale, while fitting into just one day, shouldn’t be dismissed. Featured will be Part 1 of a 700-piece Royal Doulton figurine collection, a nice grouping of Oriental vases, a monumental late 19th-century crystal vase and other fine consignments, drawn from prominent local estates and collections.

The first of the three-day mega-sales will kick off on Friday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m., with a session dedicated to Hollywood and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Offered will be a large collection of original early rock ‘n’ roll master recording tapes of such stars as Chuck Berry, Vanilla Fudge, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and a rare early studio demo recording of Billy Joel.

Also featured that day will be Hollywood photos and other material from the Lester Glassner estate, plus additional Hollywood items from other estates (posters, negatives, etc.). Then, on Saturday, Sept. 24, a second session will begin at 10 a.m., this one packed with toys, toy trains, dolls, door stops and Part 1 of a huge, single-owner pressed steel truck collection.

Other items offered will be Part 1 of a single-owner Courtenay and Britains collection (with more than 100 Courtenay and Greenhill figures), a standard gauge train collection (Lionel, American Flyer, etc.), die-cast Dinky toys, cast-iron door stoppers, vintage lunchboxes (including Superman vs. the Robot) and dolls and bears (to include a rare Knickerbocker “Kewtee Bear” with original tag).

This 1930s-era original comic art, like this “Krazy Kat” strip by Herriman, will cross the block Sept. 25.

The final day of the sale (Sunday, Sept. 25, also with a 10 a.m. start time) will see comics, comic art, Disney items and animation take center stage. Highlighting the day will be the ‘Adirondack Collection’ of comic art, plus a fabulous selection of 1930s-era original comic art (to include Herriman “Krazy Kat,” Foster “Prince Valiant,” and other early Sunday and daily pages).

This “Operator 5” premium ring in the original red box, one of only two known (to be sold Sept. 25).

The Sept. 25 session will wrap up with three wonderful Charles Schulz original “Peanuts” comic strips (including an early 1952 daily), a great run of high-grade “King Comics” (from #1 on up), Part 2 of the Joel Cohen Disney Collection, a gorgeous Snow White cel on a master background, and an “Operator 5” premium ring in the original red box (one of only two known).

A unique Mexican/Civil War trunk once belonging to Maj. William Schoonover (176th PA Inf.) will be auctioned.

The October three-day sale will begin on Friday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. in the afternoon, with a session loaded with transportation, aviation, maritime, militaria and posters. Featured will be over 100 World War I and II helmets and goggles, a unique Mexican/Civil War trunk belonging to Maj. William Schoonover (176th PA Infantry), identified daguerreotypes, books and photos.

Certain to generate bidder interest is a Titanic archive, consigned by the family of a survivor.

The hit of the session, though, promises to be an important family archive of Titanic memorabilia, directly from a family member of John & Nelle Pillsbury Snyder, who were rescued when the Titanic sank. Archive includes a letter on Titanic stationary dated April 10, 1912, photos of the Snyders, another letter dated April 18th that tells of the confusion from news sources and the White Star Line at the time of the sinking, a group of original photos taken from the Carpathia, newspaper clippings, family mementos, collectibles and more.

Important percussion pistols and shotguns to be sold Oct. 21 will include these Dickson pistols.

Also offered will be a rare World War II German SS Totenkopf H. Himmler honor ring, engraved and dated (Sept. 11, 1941), with a certificate of authenticity; very important percussion pistols and shotguns (including a pair of Dickson pistols from the Charles Gordon collection); maritime and nautical material from the Bushnell estate; and World War I/World War II posters..

Sandwich day—Saturday, Oct. 22, starting at 10 a.m. —will feature sports items, stamps and coins, rare books, autographs and maps. Highlights will include a trove of 1930s and ’40s baseball and non-sports cards, jockey Willie Shoemaker’s first signed contract as an apprentice, a Pittsburgh Pirates signed team baseball (with a nice Roberto Clemente signature), a baseball signed in 1934 by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, a contemporary Yankee Stadium painting by William Feldman, a 1948 Olympic torch and more.

Stamps will include Part 5 of the Great Lakes Collection, plus many additions from other prominent estates. Coins will feature a single-owner estate collection of ancient gold and silver coins. Books will include a rare copy of “Treasure Island,” with original drawing by N.C. Wyeth.

The final day of the auction—Sunday, Oct. 23, also with a 10 a.m. start time—will have toys, toy trains, toy soldiers and pressed steel. Offered will be Part 2 of a single-owner Courtenay and Greenhill collection, Britains, pressed steel trucks, toy trains and other desirable collectibles.

Online bidding for all sales will be facilitated by Proxibid. Previews will be held during the week leading up to the three-day auctions (or by appointment), as well as the morning of the date of sale for all auction dates. Images for some of the items to be sold may be seen on the Philip Weiss Auctions website. For more information, call 516.594.0731 or e-mail to phil@weissauctions.com.

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