Hake’s Nov. 10-12 Pop Culture Auction Led by Extremely Rare LP Signed by all four Beatles Also featured: original watercolor of Superman by legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, Hendrix, Disney, 1960s superheroes, elusive political memorabilia
News-Antique.com - Oct 28,2015 - YORK, PA – America’s pop culture headquarters, Hake’s Americana, will offer an unprecedented selection of memorabilia and collectibles in their online, phone and absentee Auction #216 that closes for bidding Nov. 10-12. More than 200 collector categories are represented in the 2,735-lot sale, with a timeline that starts with a Benjamin Franklin book published in 1745 and concludes with Walking Dead comic books issued in 2012.
As always, Hake’s has sourced its auction inventory from the finest collections on earth – both known and unknown – and from other high-caliber private collectors with special pieces to sell. It doesn’t get any more special than Lot 2586, an original album cover for the Beatles’ 1964 studio album A Hard Day’s Night, autographed on verso by all four members of the legendary English band.
Because Beatles multiple-autographed material is so rare, expert authentication adds a premium to any such item’s value if deemed genuine. In the case of the LP in Hake’s sale, it comes with not only a Hake’s Certificate of Authenticity (COA), but also a Letter of Authenticity from Frank Caiazzo, the world’s top authority on Beatles handwriting.
Beautifully matted and framed, the album back cover is especially desirable because it features individual photo images of all four Beatles below the liner notes. Ringo Starr’s autograph has the added flourish of a sketched star. Appearing near the top in an unidentified hand are the words “PRESENTED BY WATHES.” This refers to a store in the Beatles’ hometown of Liverpool, England, which offered the autographed LP as the grand prize in a competition it sponsored around the time of the record’s release.
The auction lot will open with a $15,000 bid and has been estimated at $35,000-$50,000, an amount that Hake’s President Alex Winter believes may be quite modest. “Albums signed by all four Beatles have sold in excess of $100,000 in the past,” he said.
Following Hake’s previous auction success with Superman rarities from the late Ken “Franco” Toscanini’s collection, it’s now time for Part II and more fantastic buying opportunities. Lot 1622 is not only of interest to Superman enthusiasts but also those who yearn to own original art by legendary illustrator Frank Frazetta (American, 1928-2010). It’s an original 15.5 by 17.5-inch full-color Frazetta artwork of Superman in flight, signed by the artist with a copyright date of 1988.
“This was the only depiction of Superman Frank Frazetta ever created,” said Winter. “It was a commissioned job to commemorate the character’s 50th anniversary.” The artwork is accompanied by a letter from Harry Matetsky, renowned collectibles historian and author of The Adventures Of Superman Collecting. In the letter, Matetsky states: “When he accepted the commission, Frazetta said that his version of ‘the Man of Steel’ would be based on the style of Superman’s original creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster.” Colorful and historical, the original watercolor is expected to make $10,000-$20,000.
America’s favorite superhero also makes a powerful impression in Lot 2070 – a rare linen-mounted one-sheet poster publicizing the