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
Two Russian gold coins, each with a face value of 10 rubles, realized princely sums. One, dated 1778 and graded NGC AU-58, hit $11,865. The other, dated 1894 and featuring Alexander III's bust and a crowned eagle, soared to $4,802.50. Also, an Elizabeth I one-pound British gold coin, dated 1600, changed hands for $9,887.50. All of these coins came from the lifetime collection of Dr. Philpot.
Stamps also did well. A booklet pane of six never-hinged, two-cent stamps from around 1905, in mint condition and carrying a modest catalog price of just $240, realized nearly ten times that, gaveling for $2,373. Also, an impressive collection of Norwegian stamps from and old-time stamp dealer's estate, loaded with 19th and 20th century singles, blocks and better covers, achieved $2,203.50.
“Three Stooges” collectors got a treat when an official and extremely rare school bag, maroon with a colored decal of the boys in a typical roughhousing pose, crossed the block for $3,672. The bag was made in 1961 and marked Norman Maurer Productions, Inc. The bag maker was also identified: Carry Case Manufacturing. Stitching problems in two places didn't deter eager bidders.
An original replica large clockwork Hausser 12-man cross-country military tractor with cannon, dating to late '40s or early '50s, found a new owner for $1,921. The military toy included eight soldiers and a driver, along with eight rifles. The soldiers were composition and showed some wear, with scuffs and paint loss. The tractor had a tent top, and the wheels were clearly marked “Hausser.”
A Cunard Steamship Company, Ltd., Staffordshire serving dish, real iron stone china in the Davenport Longport pattern and measuring 9-3/4” x 8-1/4”, fetched $1,751.50. The figure might have been higher were it not for the scuffing and rubbing on the bottom and edges. Also, a White Star Line cup and saucer, both with nice floral decorations but with some scuffing along the edges, made $1,017.
An original pressed steel Buddy L toy airplane hangar, with three monocoupe airplanes, took off for $1,299.50. The planes were all original, while the hangar had been professionally restored and featured nice decals. Also, an original General Electric “Radio Man” advertising mascot doll, circa 1930s, sold for $847.50. The doll was composition and wood and was in very nice condition for its age.
Levity and a wave of nostalgia came over the crowd when hand-puppet sets from the hit '60s television shows “The Munsters” and “The Addams Family” came up for bid. The former, complete with Herman, Lily and Grandpa Munster, went for $791. The latter, including Gomez and Morticia Addams, plus Uncle Fester, realized $678. Both sets were in overall very good condition.
Philip Weiss Auctions is planning another two-day, three-session mega-sale that kicks off Saturday morning, October 20, at 10 am. The spotlight will shine on original comic and illustrative art. Expected top lots include a pair of original John Held watercolor illustrations; and a super group of cartoon strip art, including two