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
early Segar “Popeye” dailies; and the original Schulz “Peanuts” strips.
Also to be offered in the same session will be a Florida collector's 30-year accumulation of original comic book art, to include a wonderful Murphy Anderson “Hawk-Man” splash page, a Joe Kubert military splash page, and more; an original Howard Pyle magazine illustration; over 50 pieces of original animation art; and a museum-quality collection of rock posters from the 1960s and '70s.
Later that day, beginning at 5 pm, a super estate sale will be held, featuring fine art, glass, pottery and furniture. The highlight promises to be important works of art from the estate of Silvana Cenci (1926-2000), herself an artist. Known as “The Dynamite Lady” for her technique of using exploding metal as a medium, Ms. Cenci left behind antiques and fine art, as well as her own creations.
The Sunday session, slated to begin at 10 am, October 21, may be a case of Philip Weiss Auctions saving the best for last. In what can only be described as a true fresh-to-the-market estate sale, the contents of an unassuming brick house in Long Island City, New York, will be unlocked and unleashed onto the buying public. The house and its contents had been sealed shut for the last 25 years.
What was sitting in that house all these years was a treasure trove, comprising the lifetime private collection of Joseph Kedenberg (aka “Keden on the Keys”), one that hadn't been seen or touched since his death over 25 years ago and which required two large trucks to haul back to Philip Weiss Auctions' gallery. The crown jewel of the 600+ lots will doubtless be the original and rare 5-foot Cigar Store punch figure, made around the turn of the century and expected to bring $100,000 or more.
The house had walls full of early trade signs and advertising material; 200+ occupational shaving mugs; rare 18th- and 19th-century folk art carved ship figureheads; turn-of-the-century barber and pharmacy bottles; a cast-iron toy collection, featuring original mechanical banks; fire and police department memorabilia; beer trays; and a rare Yale Brewing Company reverse glass advertising sign.
The Sunday session will also feature dozens of lots from other estates. These include three Black Americana automatons; cartoon art from the archives of Fling Magazine; 10+ pieces of original art created for Mad Magazine by Norman Mingo; a hand-carved 1880s child's doll carriage, once owned by President Cleveland's granddaughter, with original paint; a great slot machine; and coin-ops.
Fine art that will be sold in the October sale includes important works by listed artists, such as Antoine Blanchard (French genre painter, 1910-1988); Claude Lorraine (French idealist and pastoral landscape painter, 1600-1682); W. Rossler (German portrait artist, 1893-1960); and the important British artist William Underhill. Two Bohem plaques will also be sold, along with many other works.
In November, another fantastic two-day sale is planned (dates to be announced). Already secured is a Gil Hodges Brooklyn Dodgers game-worn jersey; several signed General George A. Custer