Powerful Lineup of Pop Culture Memorabilia and Americana in Hake’s July 15-17 Auction Auction is led by Maurice Sendak watercolor masterpiece, rare 1920 ‘Cox and FDR’ jugate, Walt Disney-signed Disneyland registry, Anna Pottery pig, Jack Kirby Fantastic Four original comic book art
News-Antique.com - Jun 24,2014 - YORK, Pa. – Pop culture has become the fine art of the boomer through millennial generations. Never before has competition been so intense to own top-notch examples of entertainment memorabilia, comic book art or other collectibles that document the last hundred years of American life. Hake’s – the company that launched the concept of pop-culture auctions in 1967 – has long had the inside track on what collectors want. Their next big offering is Auction #212, a fantastic 2,600-lot selection of quality Americana and collectibles. Session one will close its bidding on July 15; session two on July 17. All bidding will take place online through hakes.com or by phone/absentee.
As Hake’s followers would know, the company has been entrusted with auctioning Disney character toys and collectibles from the estate of Maurice Sendak (1928-2012), the beloved children’s book author and illustrator best known for Where The Wild Things Are. Auction #212 includes Hake’s third selection of items from the Sendak estate, including three very rare Mickey Mouse club buttons made expressly for movie theaters to give to children. Ironically, those very same buttons passed through Ted Hake’s hands once before.
“Maurice was a good friend, and we had many dealings over the years,” said Hake. “An illustration he created for me in the late 1960s showing two of my favorite ‘Wild Things’ was part of a trade in which he received those three Mickey Mouse buttons. Now the buttons have come back to Hake’s, which we will pass on to a new generation of collectors.” Each has an estimate of $400-$1,000.
Two extremely rare German tinplate Mickey Mouse toys with direct Sendak provenance are featured in the auction. A 9-inch wind-up of a five-fingered Mickey, made around 1930 by Saalheimer & Strauss for the British market, includes a built-in key. When the key is wound, the toy waddles side to side and the character’s mouth widens to flash a toothy smile. One of very few known examples, its value is estimated at $20,000-$35,000.
A similar price is expected for Sendak’s Double Slate Dancers crank toy made by Wilhelm Krauss. The toy depicts a pair of smiling five-fingered Mickeys with loosely riveted arms and legs that render the illusion of dancing when the toy is activated. “Only two Double Slate Dancers are known to exist, and this marks the first time in our 47 years that Hake’s has ever been able to offer this elusive toy in one of our auctions,” said Hake.
An artist of immense talent and versatility, Maurice Sendak also realized the importance of perpetuating his body of work for future generations. Having suffered a heart attack at the age of 37, he realized the value of time – and his own mortality – early on. In the 1960s, he made arrangements for all of his future original book art to be conveyed to the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia. As a result, very little of his original art ever reached private hands, Hake said.