Three Charles Schulz "Peanuts" strips sell for $89,275 Two original Charles Schulz "Peanuts" comic strips -- two dailies and a Sunday -- sold for a combined $89,275 at a two-day, three-session sale held Sept. 8-9 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Oceanside, N.Y
News-Antique.com - Sep 13,2007 - THREE CHARLES SCHULZ “PEANUTS” STRIPS – TWO DAILIES AND A SUNDAY – SELL
FOR A COMBINED $89,275 AT MULTI-ESTATE SALE HELD SEPT. 8-9 BY PHILIP WEISS
(Oceanside, N.Y. ) - Philip Weiss Auctions proved once again it is the center of the auction universe when it comes to original Charles Schulz comic strip art. Three strips – two dailies and a Sunday – sold for a combined $89, 275 at a multi-estate sale held the weekend of September 8-9. The two dailies sold for identical prices of $20,340 each. The Sunday page was the sale's top lot at $48,595.
“As thrilled as we were to get nearly $90,000 for those three wonderful lots, we're already looking forward to our next sale, the weekend of October 20-21, when we'll have even more Schulz 'Peanuts' strips,” said Philip Weiss. “We've already got a 'Great Pumpkin' Sunday page and a baseball Sunday page. And who knows? More are liable to turn up. We expect October to be our best sale ever.”
The September 8-9 sale wasn't too shabby itself. Over the course of the two-day, three-session event, about 1,600 lots changed hands in a variety of categories. These included western, TV and comic book characters (from the collection of Steve Rathkopf); military toys (from the collection of Perry Mastroangelo); coins and stamps (from the collection of Dr. D. Philpot); and comic strip art.
The sale also featured part three of the Ken Schultz collection of ocean liner, World's Fair and Hollywood memorabilia; the balance of the Hugo Zeiter circus collection; and general collectibles. “It was a great sale,” Mr. Weiss said. “Between eBay Live and my website (philipweissauctions.com), we had over 7,000 registered bidders. And the in-house-crowd was excellent, too; around 300 people.”
Mr. Weiss said lots were shipped literally all over the world because of the active Internet, phone and absentee bidding components. “Overall, I was very happy with the results. It was a great way to get back into the swim of things after taking most of the summer off. But there's no time to rest. We're already making preparations for three blockbuster sales, in October, November and December.”
Highlights of the September sale follow. All prices quoted include a 13% buyer's premium.
The Charles Schulz Sunday “Peanuts” page – the top lot of the sale – was dated March 10, 1963, while President Kennedy was still in office. It depicted a classic color scene of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and Linus, all entangled in Charlie's kite string and wrapped around the dog house. The dailies were both from 1957; one featured Charlie and Lucy and the other one had Schroeder and Lucy.
Three albums, each containing about 75 publicity photos of the movie star Susan Hayward, sold for $1,751.50 each (for a total of $5,254.50). None were signed by the star, but their significance as slices of Hollywood memorabilia is what attracted bidders. Most of the photos were 8” x 10-1/2”. In some instances, Ms. Hayward's name had been misspelled