Robert Crumb archive fetches $16,950 at Philip Weiss Auctions An archive of material pertaining to the famous counterculture cartoonist Robert Crumb sold for $16,950 at a multi-estate sale held March 4-6 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Oceanside, New York.
of sports legends, a bat used by Yogi Berra in the 1962 All-Star Game was a hit for $9,605. The bat had been consigned by a former batboy for the Detroit Tigers. He explained that batboys were permitted to bring damaged bats home. This one, a Hillerich & Bradsby model 125, had a crack in the handle. The bat was engraved 1962 All Star Game, Yogi Berra, Chicago.
A pair of original Peanuts daily comic strips, drawn by the late illustrator Charles Schulz, both did well. One, dated July 23, 1966, featured Linus and Snoopy, with Snoopy using his “Ice Cream Radar.” It changed hands for $13,000. The other, dated Aug. 1, 1986, showed Charlie and Lucy in a baseball story line. It was signed and inscribed by Schulz in blue ink and made $9,040.
A monumental Gorham sterling silver Art Nouveau centerpiece bowl, 18 inches wide, heavily decorated with acanthus leaves and undulating flowers and weighing 91 troy ounces, sold for $3,503, and an Armand Marseille 231 Fany Toddler character doll, 15 ½ inches tall, with sleepy eyes and a composition body, commanded $2,260, despite having a hairline crack.
Philip Weiss Auctions will have yet another three-day weekend blockbuster event Apr. 1-3, also in the firm’s Oceanside gallery. Already consigned are a major postcard collection, rare books, paper, autographs, rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, folk art, Native American items, militaria, stamps, coins, transportation, aviation, automotive, maritime and items in additional categories.
Several lot are certain to pique bidder interest, such as 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 dedicated recluse.
A pair of Cigar Store Indians carved around the turn of the century and attributed to the renowned artisan Samuel Robb are sure to wow the crowd. One, titled “Chief Poke in the Nose,” is seven feet tall and for years stood guard in front of the original Schweitzer Sporting Goods and Cigar Store in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. The other is six feet tall and is hand-carved and painted wood.
Also worth noting is the Charlie Huttunen Postcard Collection, featuring about 250 lots of some of the finest real photo cards to hit the market in years. The collection features a strong emphasis on Long Island, aviation, the logging industry, holidays and more. Additional cards from other estates will also be featured. Also sold will be a collection of antique fire helmets.
Philip Weiss Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (516) 594-0731, or e-mail them at email@example.com. To learn more about Philip Weiss Auctions and the firm’s calendar of upcoming auctions -- to include the April 1-3 weekend event -- log on to www.prwauctions.com.