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Philip Weiss Auctions Readies for an Auction-Filled Second Half of November

by WorthPoint Staff (11/12/12).

This Marklin locomotive and tender are just part of a trove of toys and trains to be sold Nov. 15 in a sale to be hosted by Phillip Weiss Auctions. The firm will have a busy second half of November, with two auctions and an estate sale already on the schedule.

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – November will be a busy month for Philip Weiss Auctions as the firm will be conducting auctions on Nov. 15 and 17, the highlights of which are expected to be some fine HO brass train engines, two Superman vs. The Robot metal lunch boxes and a postcard from Lee Harvey Oswald mailed from Russia.

These sales will be held in Philip Weiss Auctions’ spacious gallery facility, located at #1 Neil Court in Oceanside.

The first auction will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, starting at 12 noon (EST), and will feature toys, trains, action figures, die-cast, play sets and more. Other items of interest will include new, in-the-box Marklin toy train engines and freight cars, and a collection of new, in-the-box Dinky, Corgi and early Matchbox cars.

Two days later, on Nov. 17, at 10 a.m., the action will focus on rare books, historical items, militaria, autographs, posters and circus items. Expected top lots will include a hunting bow once belonging to Lee Harvey Oswald plus a postcard written by Oswald from Russia, three original Peanuts daily strips by Charles Schulz, and a rare World War I Navy recruiting poster.

The Nov. 29 estate auction will feature hundreds of quality items pulled from prominent estates and collections. Offered will be an incredible collection of spoons from the estate of Dr. Samuel K. Levy (including a Paul Revere spoon and a spoon attributed to George Washington), and a 15th-century, hand-painted altarpiece by Blasco de Granen, the renowned Master of Lanaja.


One of two Superman vs. The Robot lunch boxes from the 1950s to be sold at auction Nov. 15.

Internet bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid, and phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Previews for the Nov. 15 and 17 sales will be held Nov. 12-16 in varying hours (check the website for details). Previews for the Nov. 29 estate auction will be held Nov. 26-29, also at different times each day.

Returning to the Thursday, Nov. 15 session, trains will feature Part 3 of the Finger Lakes Collection of high-end American and European trains (including Lionel, Marklin and more), Part 1 of the Jersey Collection of trains (thousands of pieces of Lionel, Brass, American Flyer, Williams, MTH and more), a complete Buddy L train set with track, model kits and much more.

The day will also feature a collection of Marx play sets and assorted figure lots (including Super Circus, Cape Canaveral, Davy Crockett and more), a collection of mint-on-the-card Star Wars figures, three early Marklin fire accessories, a 1970 Uncle Sam mechanical Richard Nixon promotional bank with original box, pressed steel trucks and a broad selection of vintage toys.

The Saturday, Nov. 17 session will be a blockbuster, with around 700 lots. Rare books will include Captain Thomas Williamson and Samuel Howitt’s “Oriental Field Sports” (2nd edition, with 40 hand-colored engravings), and James Jenkins’ “The Martial Achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies from 1799 to 1815” (London, with two hand-colored engravings).


This postcard signed by Lee Harvey Oswald, plus a bow owned by the JFK assassin, will be sold Nov. 17.

Also sold will be sporting and nautical books, limited editions, higher-end art books, a portfolio of Georgia O’Keeffe drawings, an Elbert Hubbard 20-volume author’s edition, a Walter Schnauckenber portfolio, William Angus’s “Seats of Nobility and Gentry in Great Britain and Wales,” and Agnes Strickland’s “Lives of the Queens of England” (limited edition, 16 volumes).

Other books will include signed Langston Hughes editions, Louis Lamour’s “Smoke From His Altar” (signed first edition), a manuscript of “Brazilian Missions 1789” and more. Autographs will include 19th- and 20th-century literary and historic figures such as James A. Garfield, Ernest Hemingway, George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt and the aforementioned Lee Harvey Oswald.

Posters will feature a great selection of First and Second World War military and propaganda posters and broadsides. The extremely rare World War I Navy recruiting poster is actually circa 1890s and is an impressive seven feet long. Also offered will be two Atlantic City advertising posters by Eggleston. Magazines will feature one lot consisting of a complete run of Visionaire.

Circus items will include a library of more than 1,000 circus books, with many early and signed editions (to include Clyde Beatty, Frank Buck, Merle Evans and more), an outstanding collection of English and American circus token coins, a letter signed by P.T. Barnum, a red velvet headpiece from the Slivers Madison elephant “Bertha,” a semi-nude 19th-century circus wagon carving, a gold-headed presentation cane given by a circus midget troupe to its leader, photographs, programs, prints, newspaper advertisements and 19th-century circus broadsides.

Carved scrimshaw horn dated 1813, honoring Commodore O.H. Perry and his men after their defeat of the British Navy on Lake Erie.

The centerpiece of the militaria category will be one of the most important naval pieces Philip Weiss Auctions has ever handled: a carved scrimshaw presentation horn (dated 1813) for Commodore O.H. Perry and his men, in honor of their victory over the British Navy on Lake Erie. Also sold will be 19th- and 20th-century swords, bayonets, weapons, medals and cannonballs.

Other top lots from the Nov. 17 auction will include a fabulous John J. Audubon taxidermy bird collection in a display case, a wonderful Matthew Brady photographic archive, items belonging to songwriter Cole Porter, a collection of Sinsabaugh photos, a political buttons collection, a rare 19th-century fire house lantern and an archive of boxing material with a connection to Joe Louis.

For more information about this auction, call 516.594.0731, e-mail to or visit the Philip Weiss Auctions website.


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One Response to “Philip Weiss Auctions Readies for an Auction-Filled Second Half of November”

  1. hey my dad has simler train to the pic
    hes got the rail road tracks n other carts with it what they usly go for

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