Pair of Peanuts Sunday comic strips by Schulz fetch a combined $78,200 at Philip Weiss Auctions A pair of original Peanuts Sunday pages by the legendary comic illustrator Charles Schulz sold for a combined $78,200 at a multi-estate sale held Thursday, June 6, by Philip Weiss Auctions in New York
News-Antique.com - Jun 18,2013 - (LYNBROOK, N.Y.) – A pair of original Peanuts Sunday pages by the legendary comic illustrator Charles Schulz sold for a combined $78,200 at a multi-estate sale held Thursday, June 6, by Philip Weiss Auctions, in the firm’s new post-Hurricane Sandy gallery in Lynbrook. The firm was forced to move from their longtime home in Oceanside after the storm’s devastation.
One of the Peanuts Sunday comics, dated March 1, 1964, was personalized by Schulz, “To Susie and George with friendship.” It was a wonderful page, with eleven characters in a movie theater line, including Charlie, Lucy, Patty, Violet, Linus, Shermie, Schroeder and others. Some light staining in several panels didn’t keep it from becoming the sale’s top lot, at $41,400.
The other original Peanuts Sunday, dated Feb. 12, 1961, featured Violet giving grooming advice to Pig Pen and Charlie Brown. It realized $36,800, against a pre-sale estimate of $18,000-$24,000. Also, a rare Charles Schulz horizontal two-panel daily for Li’l Folks (the comic strip that preceded Peanuts, and becoming increasingly harder and harder to find) garnered $6,038.
The auction was a success by any measure, grossing more than $225,000 and boasting a wide array of categories, to include nautical items, rock ‘n’ roll and Hollywood memorabilia, occupational shaving mugs, and collections pertaining to “Oziana” (The Wizard of Oz) and the book’s author, L. Frank Baum. Internet bidding was provided by Proxibid.com and Auctionzip.
Occupational shaving mugs are a big hit with collectors, and this auction had many desirable examples. The top achiever was a mug for a service car tow truck driver named “C. Wiegand.” It had a great image and the bottom was stamped “Royal China International.” No noticeable chips, cracks or repairs could be detected on the 3 ½ inch tall mug, which hit $10,925.
Also sold was a shaving mug for a movie projectionist with a name that appeared to be “Chals. Zingale,” with the bottom edge incised “Germany” ($4,370); a mug for a golfer named “Al Thompson” with a graphic of a golfer taking a swing ($3,450); and a rare mug for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair administration building with the bottom stamped “D&C France” ($2,415).
A first-edition hardcover copy of the immortal classic children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum (George M. Hill Co., Chicago, 1900) went to a determined bidder for $3,000. The book, in very good condition but with no jacket, was a fine copy of a later state first-edition printing (circa 1899-1900). The book came from the estate of Evan S. McCord.
A first-class dining chair from the ocean liner S.S. Normandie went for $2,645. The rare piece of maritime history had its seat cushion replaced, but the cushion on the back of the chair was original. A handwritten note on the bottom of the chair said, “Captain’s Chair off the S.S. Normandie – French line – burned chair given to B.O. Hawes for medical care on Mrs. Hawes.”
A letter on U.S. Senate letterhead by then-U.S. Senator John F.