Items ranging from dinosaur fossils to rock 'n' roll will be sold at Philip Weiss Auctions Feb. 26th A fur coat owned and worn by George Harrison, other Beatles items and an amazing array of dinosaur fossils will be part of Philip Weiss Auctions’ next big sale slated for Feb. 26th in Lynbrook, N.Y.
News-Antique.com - Feb 17,2014 - (LYNBROOK, N.Y.) – A record album signed by Lou Reed and Andy Warhol, a fur coat owned and worn by George Harrison, an 1812 British presentation sword with scabbard, the original Groucho Marx secret-word duck from the TV show You Bet Your Life, and an amazing array of dinosaur fossils will be part of Philip Weiss Auctions’ next big sale slated for Feb. 26.
The Wednesday event – an eclectic mix of specialty collections comprising 600 mostly fresh to the market lots – will begin promptly at 1 p.m. (EST), at Philip Weiss Auctions’ gallery, located at 74 Merrick Road in Lynbrook, N.Y. Offered will be rock ‘n’ roll items, Hollywood movie and TV collectibles, vintage posters, Natural History lots, ocean liner material and more.
The Harrison fur coat is but one of several outstanding Beatles-related lots. Also sold will be an archive of typed letters, hand-signed by John Lennon’s assassin Mark David Chapman and written to the police officer who arrested Chapman in New York (with Lennon content), a photo signed by all four of the Beatles (circa 1962), and a 6 foot by 6 foot Beatles Fan Fest display.
The dazzling selection of dinosaur fossils will feature a giant Irish Elk skull, mastodon jaws, a prehistoric cave bear skull, a fossilized stingray, a woolly mammoth tusk, a fossil wolf skull, a Pterosaur, a dinosaur egg nest, dinosaur bones and fossil plates. Antiquities will also come up for bid, such as a carved wooden Egyptian gilded mask, crafted circa 1100-800 B.C.
The record album signed by the late cultural icons Lou Reed and Andy Warhol is by the Velvet Underground, Reed’s seminal rock band. Other top lots from the category will include a Decca Records early publicity card signed by the Rolling Stones, an Elton John autographed gold record and a Fender Telecaster guitar signed by the American Pop Artist Charles Fazzino.
Important historical items from America’s past will feature charred remains from the doomed airship the Hindenburg (with a Hindenburg press pass), a special edition copy of LIFE Magazine from 1961 for John F. Kennedy’s inauguration signed on the cover by Kennedy, and a 1964 New York World’s Fair presentation piece featuring several architectural pavilion models.
Important theatrical pieces will include an original commemorative cup from the 200th stage performance of The Wizard of Oz dated July 11, 1903, with the original box. The Groucho Marx duck was a classic prop from early television, on Groucho’s You Bet Your Life show, with the comic’s standard tag line: “Say the secret word and the duck comes down to give you $100.”
Fans of ocean liner memorabilia won’t be disappointed. Lots will include a blanket from the captain’s quarters (or bridge) from the downed ship the Edmund Fitzgerald (about 45 inches by 70 inches), a pair of carved wooden dolphin panels from the smoking saloon of the British ocean liner the Mauretania, and two furnishings from the Britannica (sister ship of the Titanic).
Additional ocean liner offerings will include shipboard