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Rock ‘n’ Roll Memorabilia to Lead Three-Day Philip Weiss Auction

by WorthPoint Staff (03/25/11).

This Miami Pop Festival concert poster from 1968, featuring Jimi Hendrix as a headlining entertainer, is among the many rock ‘n’ roll items up for auction in an April 1-3sale hosted by Philip Weiss Auctions.

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – No sooner had Philip Weiss Auctions closed the books on a huge weekend multi-estate sale March 4-6 than one just as big was being planned for a month later. The firm will host a massive, three-day event April 1-3 at its spacious gallery facility, located at #1 Neil Court in Oceanside, where hundreds of quality, fresh-to-the-market lots will cross the block.

The action will kick off at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 1, with an evening sale dedicated to postcards, paper, autographs and rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. The following day—Saturday, April 2, starting at 10 a.m. —the spotlight will shine on folk art, Native American items and militaria. The Sunday session will feature stamps, coins, transportation, aviation, automotive and maritime.

Online bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

Friday, April 1, will be dominated by postcards and rock ‘n’ roll. The postcards will include the sale of the Charlie and Nellie Huttunen collection—more than 270 quality lots, comprising thousands of real photo cards, with an emphasis on Long Island, aviation, the logging industry, holidays and more. Also sold will be cards from various estates, all of them fresh-to-the-market.

The rock ‘n’ roll items will feature great Beatles memorabilia, to be sold as individual lots. Included will be a rare Super 8 film of the Beatles in concert in Johanneshovs Isstadion in Stockholm, Sweden, taken July 28, 1964, with the original program; a numbered edition copy of the iconic “White Album” (#2938) and a rare first pressing of the “Magical Mystery Tour” double EP.

Other rock ‘n’ roll pieces will include a 1968 Miami Pop Festival concert poster starring Jimi Hendrix; a 1966 Wilson Pickett cardboard concert poster; a 1966 Otis Redding cardboard concert poster; a scarce “TCB” child’s necklace that was given away by Elvis Presley; a grouping of performance contracts signed by Presley; some vintage rock ‘n’ roll handbills and other items.

A nice collection of antique fire helmets will be sold in the Saturday session, April 2, at 10 a.m.

The Saturday session, April 2, will feature two Cigar Store Indians. The first, attributed to Samuel Robb, circa1900, stands six feet tall and is hand-carved and painted. The other, named “Chief Poke in the Nose” (circa 1890s), once stood guard at the Schweizer Sporting Goods & Cigar Store in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. It stands over seven feet tall and is hand-carved and painted.

Also offered on Saturday will be the very chess set used by Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in their legendary 1972 championship match in Reykjavik, Iceland. The set is signed by both men. It had been given in 1972 to the president of the Icelandic Chess Federation. Also sold will be love letters written by Mr. Fischer, a genius and notorious recluse. He died in 2008.

Militaria in the Saturday session will include Civil War photos, vintage weapons, military uniforms and buttons. Also sold that day will be a collection of antique fire helmets, some Native American artifacts, a group of important Carl Moon photos, an S. Kitson plaque and other items.

Sunday, April 3, starting at 10 a.m., will be a full day, packed with quality collectibles. Ocean liner memorabilia will include Emmanuele Luzzati’s nine-piece hammered brass panel “Bacchanalia” from the bar and grill of the SS Stella Solaris (93 inches by 98 inches); a scarce first-class deck plan from the Titanic; and over 2,500 lots of ocean liner paper and post cards.

A trove of ocean liner memorabilia, including a first-class deck plan for the Titanic, will be sold.

Other ocean liner items will include an R.M.S. Olympic travel vanity, several large framed ship’s portrait signs, tins, ship servers, silver pieces and material from the Bushnell collection. Nautical items will feature prints, paintings and more. Railroad and transportation lots will include lanterns, calendars, ephemera, prints and more. All that plus many stamps and coins.

Sunday will have a nice selection of estate coins. One lot expected to do well is a set of 1883 Hawaiian coins (all four values, higher grade). Stamps will include a sheet of atomic bomb stamps, signed by all members of the Enola Gay flight crew. The aviation material will include many signed pieces, by names like Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and other flight pioneers.

On Thursday, April 21, at 2 p.m., Philip Weiss Auctions will conduct a fine estate sale. Already consigned is a phenomenal single-owner silver collection, original artwork (to include an oil on wood by Ilya Bolotowsky, signed and dated on the bottom edge), a pair of Minton pate-de-sur-pate plates by Tiffany & Co., a Xanti Schawinsky acrylic and synthetic fiber assemblage, a signed Tiffany Favrile bowl, a St. Gaudens bronze relief plaque, and a Tiffany lamp and vase.

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

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