Historically significant Titanic archive brings $100,570 at Philip Weiss Auctions A historically significant archive of material pertaining to the doomed ocean liner the HMS Titanic sold for a staggering $100,570 at an estate sale conducted Oct. 21-23 by Philip Weiss Auctions.
went down with) the Titanic, as a young officer. The locket had been worn by Capt. Smith’s wife, who then passed it down to her daughter, the late Mrs. Melville Russell Cooke. The 2-inch by 1 ½ inch locket changed hands for $3,422.
Following are additional highlights from the auction, which saw nearly 1,350 lots change hands and grossed about $550,000. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium (13 percent for in-house buyers, 18 percent for Internet bidders). Internet bidding was facilitated by Proxibid.
A pair of original, circa-1930s travel posters by the renowned artist Edward M. Eggleston (1883-1941) went for a combined $10,950. Both promoted Atlantic City, N.J., and measured 23 inches by 33 inches. One was titled Atlantic City - America's Great Seashore Resort; the other was titled Atlantic City - America's All-Year Resort. The artist's name appeared at lower corner.
An extensive U.S. stamp collection from a New Jersey estate soared to $24,850. Housed in three boxes, the group included a huge amount of face-value U.S. postage and plate blocks. Highlights included Kansas-Nebraska mint sets, mint and complete Duck Stamps, a mint White Plains sheet, Trans-Miss and Columbians (both mint) and used and mint 19th century examples.
An original family archive of Civil War material pertaining to three brothers who all fought in the war on the Union side realized $5,650. The archive included around 30 letters, some with great battle content, a great Tryon rifle with original (albeit broken) leather strap, three Grand Army of the Republic medals and the manual of the 7th Regiment National Guard.
An aluminum 1948 Olympic Games bearer's torch, 16 inches tall and with a bowl and hollowed Olympic rings, inscribed “XIVth Olympiad 1948, Olympia to London, With Thanks to the Bearer,” rose to $9,315; and a first-edition copy of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island, with original watercolor drawing of a pirate and ship by N.C. Wyeth, coasted to $3,500.
Two lots posted identical prices realized of $5,605. The first was a group of over 225 Goudey baseball cards, most of them graded good/very good and with many Hall of Famers (and multiples) included. The other was an original French line (C.G.T.) travel poster by an unknown artist, titled Southampton to New York, 25 inches by 40 inches, with a nice image of Normandy.
Philip Weiss Auctions has a full state of events planned through the end of the year, beginning with an estate sale on Thursday, Nov. 3, that will feature fine paintings, Royal Doulton, art glass and more, followed by an estate sale on Friday, Nov. 18 (violins, cameras and more), and Thursday, Nov. 29, featuring Ira Weinstein's Toy Collection (“Red's Toys, Part 2”).
Then, Philip Weiss Auctions will conduct another three-day blockbuster, on Dec. 16-18, just in time for the holidays. Featured will be dolls, doll houses, toy soldiers, Disney items and animation, posters, toys, books, trains (including Lionel, American Flyer, HO Brass and more), mechanical banks and more. A stamps, coins and postcards auction is planned