Signed palm prints among rarities at Philip Weiss

After already logging several huge multi-estate sales so far this year, Philip Weiss Auctions is preparing for what could be its biggest sale ever – a two-day, three-session monster weekend filled with collectibles from a rainbow of categories.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we topped the $1 million mark for this sale overall,” said Philip Weiss.

The auction takes place June 9-10 and features everything from Civil War items to celebrity photos, original artwork and more.

For sports fans, the big day will be June 10. Philip Weiss Auctions will feature more signed palm prints from the estate of Alice Denton Jennings, a palmist who routinely took palm impressions of her clients, who later signed them. Her collection was so extensive that it’s being sold over the course of several sales. At the company’s January sale, her Babe Ruth-signed palm print brought $26,555.

The offerings in this sale will be no less impressive. Included will be yet another signed palm print from Ruth; a pair of prints from Lou Gehrig (left and right  hands, both signed); three by legendary baseball manager Connie Mack; one by Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis; and signed palm prints from Franklin D. Roosevelt, aviator Amelia Earhart and golfer Bobby Jones.

June 10 will also be dedicated, in part, to comic art, a category for which Philip Weiss has earned a certain level of renown. At his March 24-25 multi-estate sale, the top lot was a Charles Schulz “Peanuts” Sunday page that commanded $37,000. In fact, seven original comic strips by Schulz sold for a combined $152,500.

Bidders will be treated to more Charles Schulz original artwork on this sale. The group will feature a “Great Pumpkin” daily and a Sunday “Peanuts” page. Both have been signed by the artist.

In addition, Philip Weiss Auctions recently secured another blockbuster comic art consignment: the original cover illustration for Spider-Man No. 92, signed by artist John Romita, a giant in the genre.

The auction kicks off June 9 and the first day’s session is dedicated, in large part, to Civil War items and militaria. An anticipated top lot is a Confederate naval flag believed to have been flown from the CSS Alabama. Also featured will be hundreds of identified ‘cartes de visites’ (CDV’s – many of them Confederates) photographs from the era, papers, ephemera and more.
Just added for June 9 is a huge archive of material pertaining to John F. Kennedy, including signed letters and photographs.

Also to be sold in the first session will be a large Coney Island sideshow banner, as well as hundreds of photos of Hollywood celebrities, by such renowned portrait photographers as George Hurrell, Yousuf Karsh and Clarence Bull. Many have been signed.

Other sports items available on the auction’s opening day are quite possibly the earliest tintype of Honus Wagner in uniform; a Christy Walsh presentation of  a New York Yankees’ signed team ball from around 1937; and a first-edition copy of Woodie Guthrie’s book Bound For Glory, with dust jacket and lengthy inscription.

To learn more about its upcoming sales, or for more information about Philip Weiss Auctions, go to www.philipweissauctions.com.

To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call them directly at (516) 594-0731. The e-mail address is phil@philipweissauctions.com.

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