Pedigreed Collections Highlight Hake’s Auction #194 Bidding has opened for Hake’s Americana & Collectibles Auction #194, which features a diverse and exciting range of items from multiple pedigreed collections of toys and pop culture memorabilia.
News-Antique.com - May 25,2008 - Bidding has opened for Hake’s Americana & Collectibles Auction #194, which features a diverse and exciting range of items from multiple pedigreed collections. The sale will close June 3-5, 2008.
Offerings in the event, which is presently available online at www.hakes.com, include top items from the Tomart Archives, the Disneyana collections of Deak Stagemyer and Michael J. Stern, the Joel Cohen Disney Books Collection, the Craig Warren Batman Collection, the James Gallo Spider-Man Collection, and the Andy Levison Puppet Collection.
In addition to those premier collections, Hake’s, a unit of Geppi’s Entertainment Publishing and Auctions, has spotlighted a significant array of vintage pop culture collectibles ranging from political items to comic books for this auction.
Thomas E. Tumbusch, the publisher at Tomart Publications, published his company’s first book in 1977 and has since then authored many important and widely used books on collectibles. Many of the items in this auction from the Tomart Archives are the actual examples that appeared in their various publications, including many rare and unique pieces. The Tomart offerings range from the rare Ferdinand and Matador Marx wind-up toy (boxed, 1938) and to the 55.5” tall Star Wars: Episode I - Anakin Skywalker Store Display Figure (1999).
Deak Stagemyer’s Disneyana Collection has its start in the mid-1970s, when after the longtime dealer and enthusiast decided to put away 25 key pieces rather then sell them as planned. What followed was a 10 year collecting frenzy and by 1985 the collection had grown to about 750 pieces. Items offered from this collection include the only blue version of the Mickey Mouse Pull Toy by Fun-E-Flex that Hake’s has seen in 41 years and the rare version of the Mickey Mouse Radio by Emerson.
All collectors of Disneyana Memorabilia share the dream of finding incredibly unusual and rare pieces. Michael J. Stern made a habit of it, then turned his collection into the three volumes Stern's Guide to Disneyana, the first color price guides in the marketplace. The books themselves are now collectors items, but the real prizes are his incredible Disney collectibles, which will be featured in this and subsequent Hake’s auctions. Featured this time are an exceptional copy of the "Mickey Mouse Merchandise 1936-37" Walt Disney Retailers Catalogue and the only known Mickey Mouse Phonograph by Emerson, among many other pieces.
Following another path for Disney, Joel J. Cohen is the owner of Cohen Books and Collectibles, a service that has for more than 35 years, bought and sold Disneyana. A member of the International Society of Appraisers, he has accumulated one of the largest collections of Walt Disney books and papers outside of the Walt Disney archives. It has been on loan to the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum in New York and the International Museum of Cartoon Art, and is now offered to Hake’s customers. Offerings in this auction from the Cohen collection include a copies to two rare French hardcover Pop-Up books by Hachette, Mickey Et Le Prince Malalapatte and Snow