Historic British presentation sword from 1813 hits $27,060 at Philip Weiss Auctions' Feb. 26th sale A British presentation sword and scabbard from 1813 soared to $27,060 and a 75-million-year-old dinosaur egg nest with seven eggs sold for $17,915 at a sale held Feb. 26th by Philip Weiss Auctions.
News-Antique.com - Mar 11,2014 - (LYNBROOK, N.Y.) – A rare and historic British presentation sword and scabbard from 1813 soared to $27,060 and a 75-million-year-old dinosaur egg nest with seven eggs sold for $17,915 at a 600-lot estate sale held Feb. 26 by Philip Weiss Auctions. The event was held in the firm’s gallery, located at 74 Merrick Road in Lynbrook, N.Y. Overall, the sale grossed $250,000.
It was an eclectic auction, one that featured rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, Hollywood movie and TV collectibles, vintage posters, Natural History lots, ocean liner items and more. “We had a lively crowd in attendance to go with strong internet bidding,” said Philip Weiss of Philip Weiss Auctions. Online bidding was provided by Proxibid.com. Phone and left bids were also recorded.
The Rundell, Bridge & Rundell presentation sword and scabbard were the auction’s top lot. They were presented to British Brigadier General Murray by the inhabitants of the colony of Berbice, on Guyana, when that country was still under British rule. Murray was the colony’s Civil Governor. The blade was dated May 17, 1813 and the scabbard was elaborately decorated.
The dinosaur egg nest, from China’s Henan Province, dates to the Cretaceous Age and was part of an accessioned collection. It had been painstakingly hand-prepared, with each egg (measuring more than 5 ½ inches) well exposed to show off its beauty. The nest was on a matrix measuring 18 inches by 15 inches. The eggs were from the hadrosaur – a plant-eating dinosaur.
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a buyer’s premium of 15 percent for in-house purchases or 20 percent for online purchases.
A one-of-a-kind Fender Telecaster 3-D guitar, illustrated with some of the greatest names in rock ‘n’ roll history by the American Pop Artist Charles Fazzino, hammered for $9,840. The guitar, signed and dated (2005) on the back by Fazzino, featured Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and the Who, plus Woodstock images and a crashing zeppelin.
A first-edition copy of the book PT-109, signed and inscribed “To Cliff Curtis, with warmest regards, John Kennedy,” together with a typed letter dated March 28, 1962 from JFK’s press secretary Pierre Salinger to Kennedy, realized $5,225. The book PT-109 recounts JFK’s heroics during World War II. It was later made into a movie, starring the actor Cliff Robertson.
A rare theatrical souvenir, commemorating the 200th stage performance of The Wizard of Oz, dated July 11, 1903 at the Majestic Theater (decades before the movie) rose to $4,300. The souvenir collapsing cup, in the original box with the original label on the cover, was 3 inches tall. It honored actors Fred Stone (“Scarecrow”) and David Montgomery (“Tin Woodman”) by name.
A bound volume of movie press photos and the script from the 1944 movie Since You Went Away, presented to the actress Claudette Colbert and signed and inscribed by the film’s producer David O. Selznick, changed hands for $3,690. The presentation copy of the script was inscribed by Selznick, “For