Chess set used by Fischer and Spassky in '72 soars to $76,275 The original chess set used by Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky at their legendary match in Iceland in 1972, signed by both men, soared to $76,275 at a ssle held April 1-3 by Philip Weiss Auctions.
poster, measuring 14 inches by 20 inches, listed some of the biggest names in rock history, such as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Jefferson Airplane, Eric Burdon, Chuck Berry and Santana.
A complete sheet of stamps commemorating the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan at the end of World War II, signed by 18 members of the flight crew of the Enola Gay and other planes (Paul Tibbets, Dutch Van Kirk and others), soared to $5,650. Also, a Samurai sword with metal scabbard with leather overlay, overall about 38 inches (blade length 27 inches), hit $2,712.
In ocean liner memorabilia, a brown bowl from the British North American Steamship Line, 12 inches by 10 inches and 2 inches deep, stamped on the bottom “Crystal Florentine China, Alcocks Indian Ironstone,” commanded $1,808; and a covered sauce boat from the North German Line in two pieces, stamped “Florio Palermo” and with the NGL crest, garnered $1,356.
Philip Weiss Auctions’ next big sale is fast approaching – on Thursday, April 21, at 2 p.m. (EDT). It will be an Important Estates Sale, featuring a phenomenal single-owner sterling silver collection (with pieces by George Jensen, Tiffany and other makers); art glass (to include Loetz, Lalique, Hummel, Lladro, Toby mugs and more); and a great collection of vintage clocks.
Original oil paintings will also be sold that day, by artists such as Albert Rosenthal (1863-1939), Seymour Millais Stone (1877-1957), George Earl (1824-1908), Louis Orr (1879-1961), Jean Baptiste Salmson (1807-1866), and others. Also offered will be a pair of 19th century Egyptian bronze statues, as well as an important St. Gaudens bronze relief plaque.
April 21 will also feature a collection of ladies’ antique handbags, including multi-color beading, German silver, mesh, a fantastic Russian silver drawstring purse and more; a nice group of Boehm porcelain bird figurines (to include the extremely rare Eagle of Freedom I); a Gorham Martele pattern sterling dish; a pair of rosewood card tables (circa 1840); and antique mirrors.
In May, Philip Weiss Auctions will host another three-day weekend mega-event, slated for May 20-22. The Friday session, May 20, at 4 p.m. (EDT) will feature Disney and Hollywood memorabilia (to include more material from the estate of Lester Glassner). The Saturday session, May 21, at 10 a.m., will feature toys, toy soldiers, trains, and mechanical and still banks. Sunday, May 22, at 10 a.m., the sale’s final day, will have folk art, advertising and World’s Fair material.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Philip Weiss Auctions and the firm’s calendar of events, to include the April 21 and May 20-22 auctions, log on to www.WeissAuctions.com.