Original Peanuts daily comic strip from 1966, drawn by Charles Schulz, hits $26,450 at Weiss auction An original Peanuts daily comic strip – drawn by the iconic illustrator Charles Schulz and dated Oct. 21, 1966 – sold for $26,450 at the first auction of the New Year held by Philip Weiss Auctions.
The other was a whimsical prototype statue of the Donald Duck clan – Donald and Scrooge McDuck, plus the nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie – on safari, riding atop a charging rhinoceros with a flag affixed to its sizable horn. The piece, measuring 20 inches by 26 inches, is one of just three known to have survived from a planned edition of 10. It was made in the 1990s.
Anyone in possession of a copy of Archie Comics #1 is holding one of the Holy Grails of comic books. This sale featured one, although it was a lower grade and unrestored example. As such, it sold for far less than it could have if it were in better condition ($9,488). The comic book came from the legendary “Missouri Find” (an original owner collection discovered in an attic).
The original oil on illustration board painting used for the cover of Tales of the Zombie #4 (March 1974), rendered by Peruvian-born artist Boris Vallejo (b. 1941) brought $7,763. The framed, artist signed work, measuring 30 inches by 24 inches, came with an actual copy of the comic book. Vallejo’s work can be seen in comic books, sci-fi magazines and glossy calendars.
Sports memorabilia was led by a pair of signed baseballs from old-time Hall of Famers Grover Cleveland Alexander ($13,225) and Larry “Nap” Lajoie ($12,650). The Alexander ball was single signed on the “sweet spot” with a strong steel-tip fountain pen and came with a JSA letter of authenticity. The Napoleon Lajoie ball was dated (6-9-57) and included “Best Wishes.”
Philip Weiss Auctions has two huge sales lined up for February and March. The Feb. 25 event will be co-headlined by rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia and natural history items. Lots will include high-end dinosaur fossils, meteorites, a rare Egyptian mask, a photo signed by all four Beatles, a rare Wizard of Oz cup, a rare blanket from the ship the Edmund Fitzgerald and more.
The Mar. 15 auction will have antique advertising, ice cream memorabilia, coin-ops and Coney Island items. Included will be an extremely rare 1891 Coca-Cola calendar (the first year Coke had calendars) that could conceivably fetch $50,000, and a single-owner collection of ice cream and soda fountain items. A Mar. 30 auction will feature toys, trains, dolls and toy soldiers.
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