Full slate of big auctions on tap for the first quarter of 2014 by Philip Weiss Auctions in New York Philip Weiss Auctions still rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy but has a full slate of auctions planned for the first three months of 2014. All the sales will be held in the firm’s new Lynbrook gallery.
Mermaid oil painting by James Coleman and original Carl Barks art (“Hats Off! The Flag Is Passing By!”) with book.
The Feb. 5 event will feature original artworks, many of them by noted, listed artists. Two are expected to attract keen bidder interest. One is an oil on canvas portrait of a boy with his hands across his lap by Polish-born French artist Moise (Maurice) Kisling (1891-1953). Works by Kisling have commanded anywhere from $30,000-$200,000 and up at auction in recent years.
The other is an original oil on board by Spanish-born painter and sculptor Angel Botello (1913-1986). Botello moved to Spain in the 1920s but was active later in life in Puerto Rico and Haiti. Also sold will be a lithograph by Thomas Hart Benton (Am., 1889-1975), likely the most important painter of the American Scene movement. His style blended modernism with realism.
Other artworks being offered on Feb. 5 will include a pair of figural works by the Russian born artist Mane Katz (1894-1962), known for his portraits and paintings with Jewish themes; an oil on canvas portrait study of a man with a straw hat and head scarf by Feliks Wygrzywalski (Pol., 1875-1944) and a lovely framed winter landscape by Leon Foster Jones (Am., 1871-1940).
The Feb. 25 sale will be co-headlined by outstanding rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia and fantastic natural history items. The rock lots will feature the aforementioned Beatles-signed autographs (early, circa 1962, on a white sheet of paper measuring 8” by 10”), photos of the Rolling Stones signed by the members of the band and an Elton John autographed gold record.
The natural history component is certain to garner attention. Items will include a full dinosaur skeleton of the modest-sized creature Pterosaur (complete but disarticulated), a Jurassic Period bird fossil, a prehistoric cave bear skull, a mastodon upper and lower jaw, a giant Irish elk skull, a woolly mammoth tusk and other fossils and bones. Also sold will be genuine meteorites.
The March 15 sale of antique advertising, ice cream memorabilia, coin-ops and Coney Island will feature an impressive single-owner collection of ice cream and soda fountain items. The Mar. 30 auction will focus on toys, trains, dolls and toy soldiers. Consignments were still being accepted at press time. Watch the website as auction day nears: www.weissauctions.com.
Philip Weiss Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (516) 594-0731; or, you can send an e-mail to Philip Weiss at Phil@WeissAuctions.com. For more information about Philip Weiss Auctions and the first quarter 2014 auctions, please log on to www.weissauctions.com.