Philip Weiss Auctions – which took such a fierce pounding from Hurricane Sandy last year that forced a move from its decimated facility in Oceanside, N.Y., – is still rebuilding from the storm but has a full slate of big auctions planned for the first three months of 2014. All the sales will be held in the firm’s new Lynbrook, N.Y., gallery, located at 74 Merrick Road.
The New Year will kick off with an auction on Saturday, Jan. 18, dedicated to comics, comic art, sports memorabilia, animation and more. That will be followed by a pair of auctions in February: Wednesday, Feb. 5 (featuring estate sale paintings, pottery, porcelain, an inkwell collection and more); and Wednesday, Feb. 26 (packed with rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, natural history collectibles – to include fossils – historical posters, ocean liner memorabilia and more).
“When I go over the list of items already consigned for these auctions, the quality of the merchandise is just staggering,” said Philip Weiss of Philip Weiss Auctions. “I’m talking about a full dinosaur skeleton, a photo signed by all four Beatles, a Tiffany hanging Daffodil shade, items from the Titanic sister ship the Britannica and original artwork by Moise Kisling.”
The Jan. 18 auction will be highlighted by an incredible attic find of Golden Age comics. These will include copies of Archie Comics #1, The Incredible Hulk #1, Fantastic Four #1, Superman #27 and #40, Batman #18 and #20, Mystery Comics #4, Detective Comics #30, All-Flash Comics #12 and Fun Comics #92. Several estate comic collections will also be auctioned.
The sports memorabilia is just as impressive. Baseball items will include a Mike Schmidt game-worn uniform, a Babe Ruth autograph on note paper, a single-signed Grover Cleveland Alexander baseball with JSA letter of authenticity, a recently discovered trove of T207 baseball cards with Cycle and Broadleaf cigarette backs, bats, balls and a group of various stadium seats.
Boxing memorabilia will be led by an autographed Muhammad Ali Everlast boxing robe, a 1975 poster for The Thrilla in Manila signed by Ali and Joe Frazier, a business card signed on the back by James J. Braddock and an Everlast boxing robe worn by the late Arturo “Thunder” Gatti. Also auctioned will be hundreds of sports cards from the turn of the century upward.
Comic art will feature an original Charles Schulz Peanuts daily comic strip dated Oct. 21, 1966, and an original Schulz Li’l Folks strip (with a rough pencil sketch drawing). Animation art will include a large group of Disney movie production cels, including Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, original Evynd Earle artwork and more. Also sold will be a Little Mermaid oil painting by James Coleman and original Carl Barks art (“Hats Off! The Flag Is Passing By!”) with book.
Philip Weiss Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, call (516) 594-0731 or send an e-mail to Philip Weiss at Phil@WeissAuctions.com.
For more information about Philip Weiss Auctions and the first quarter 2014 sales, visit www.weissauctions.com.