Three Charles Schulz Peanuts strips sell for $89275

. September 14, 2007

Philip Weiss Auctions proved once again it is the center of the auction universe when it comes to original Charles Schulz comic strip art. Three strips two dailies and a Sunday sold for a combined $89, 275 at a multi-estate sale held the weekend of September 8-9. The two dailies sold for identical prices of $20,340 each. The Sunday page was the sale’s top lot at $48,595.
As thrilled as we were to get nearly $90,000 for those three wonderful lots, we’re already looking forward to our next sale, the weekend of October 20-21, when we’ll have even more Schulz ‘Peanuts’ strips,’ said Philip Weiss. “We’ve already got a ‘Great Pumpkin’ Sunday page and a baseball Sunday page. And who knows? More are liable to turn up. We expect October to be our best sale ever.”
The September 8-9 sale wasn’t too shabby itself. Over the course of the two-day, three-session event, about 1,600 lots changed hands in a variety of categories. These included western, TV and comic book characters (from the collection of Steve Rathkopf); military toys (from the collection of Perry Mastroangelo); coins and stamps (from the collection of Dr. D. Philpot); and comic strip art.
The sale also featured part three of the Ken Schultz collection of ocean liner, World’s Fair and Hollywood memorabilia; the balance of the Hugo Zeiter circus collection; and general collectibles. “It was a great sale,” Mr. Weiss said. “Between eBay Live and my website (philipweissauctions.com), we had over 7,000 registered bidders. And the in-house-crowd was excellent, too; around 300 people.”
Mr. Weiss said lots were shipped literally all over the world because of the active Internet, phone and absentee bidding components. “Overall, I was very happy with the results. It was a great way to get back into the swim of things after taking most of the summer off. But there’s no time to rest. We’re already making preparations for three blockbuster sales, in October, November and December.”
Highlights of the September sale follow. All prices quoted include a 13% buyer’s premium.
The Charles Schulz Sunday ‘Peanuts’ page the top lot of the sale was dated March 10, 1963, while President Kennedy was still in office. It depicted a classic color scene of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and Linus, all entangled in Charlie’s kite string and wrapped around the dog house. The dailies were both from 1957; one featured Charlie and Lucy and the other one had Schroeder and Lucy.
Three albums, each containing about 75 publicity photos of the movie star Susan Hayward, sold for $1,751.50 each (for a total of $5,254.50). None were signed by the star, but their significance as slices of Hollywood memorabilia is what attracted bidders. Most of the photos were 8 x 10-1/2 In some instances, Ms. Hayward’s name had been misspelled and corrected over with black ink. Oops!
Two Russian gold coins, each with a face value of 10 rubles, realized princely sums. One, dated 1778 and graded NGC AU-58, hit $11,865. The other, dated 1894 and featuring Alexander III’s bust and a crowned eagle, soared to $4,802.50. Also, an Elizabeth I one-pound British gold coin, dated 1600, changed hands for $9,887.50. All of these coins came from the lifetime collection of Dr. Philpot.
Stamps also did well. A booklet pane of six never-hinged, two-cent stamps from around 1905, in mint condition and carrying a modest catalog price of just $240, realized nearly ten times that, gaveling for $2,373. Also, an impressive collection of Norwegian stamps from and old-time stamp dealer’s estate, loaded with 19th and 20th century singles, blocks and better covers, achieved $2,203.50.
“Three Stooges” collectors got a treat when an official and extremely rare school bag, maroon with a colored decal of the boys in a typical roughhousing pose, crossed the block for $3,672. The bag was made in 1961 and marked Norman Maurer Productions, Inc. The bag maker was also identified: Carry Case Manufacturing. Stitching problems in two places didn’t deter eager bidders.
An original replica large clockwork Hausser 12-man cross-country military tractor with cannon, dating to late ’40s or early ’50s, found a new owner for $1,921. The military toy included eight soldiers and a driver, along with eight rifles. The soldiers were composition and showed some wear, with scuffs and paint loss. The tractor had a tent top, and the wheels were clearly marked ‘Hausser.’
A Cunard Steamship Company, Ltd., Staffordshire serving dish, real iron stone china in the Davenport Longport pattern and measuring 9-3/4 x 8-1/4, fetched $1,751.50. The figure might have been higher were it not for the scuffing and rubbing on the bottom and edges. Also, a White Star Line cup and saucer, both with nice floral decorations but with some scuffing along the edges, made $1,017.
An original pressed steel Buddy L toy airplane hangar, with three monocoupe airplanes, took off for $1,299.50. The planes were all original, while the hangar had been professionally restored and featured nice decals. Also, an original General Electric ‘Radio Man’ advertising mascot doll, circa 1930s, sold for $847.50. The doll was composition and wood and was in very nice condition for its age.
Levity and a wave of nostalgia came over the crowd when hand-puppet sets from the hit ’60s television shows ‘The Munsters’ and ‘The Addams Family’ came up for bid. The former, complete with Herman, Lily and Grandpa Munster, went for $791. The latter, including Gomez and Morticia Addams, plus Uncle Fester, realized $678. Both sets were in overall very good condition.
Philip Weiss Auctions is planning another two-day, three-session mega-sale that kicks off Saturday morning, October 20, at 10 am. The spotlight will shine on original comic and illustrative art. Expected top lots include a pair of original John Held watercolor illustrations; and a super group of cartoon strip art, including two early Segar â’Popey’ dailies; and the original Schulz .Peanuts’ strips.
Also to be offered in the same session will be a Florida collector’s 30-year accumulation of original comic book art, to include a wonderful Murphy Anderson ‘Hawk-Man’ splash page, a Joe Kubert military splash page, and more; an original Howard Pyle magazine illustration; over 50 pieces of original animation art; and a museum-quality collection of rock posters from the 1960s and ’70s.
Later that day, beginning at 5 pm, a super estate sale will be held, featuring fine art, glass, pottery and furniture. The highlight promises to be important works of art from the estate of Silvana Cenci (1926-2000), herself an artist. Known as ‘The Dynamite Lady’ for her technique of using exploding metal as a medium, Ms. Cenci left behind antiques and fine art, as well as her own creations.
The Sunday session, slated to begin at 10 am, October 21, may be a case of Philip Weiss Auctions saving the best for last. In what can only be described as a true fresh-to-the-market estate sale, the contents of an unassuming brick house in Long Island City, New York, will be unlocked and unleashed onto the buying public. The house and its contents had been sealed shut for the last 25 years.
What was sitting in that house all these years was a treasure trove, comprising the lifetime private collection of Joseph Kedenberg (aka Keden on the Keys), one that hadn’t been seen or touched since his death over 25 years ago and which required two large trucks to haul back to Philip Weiss Auctions’ gallery. The crown jewel of the 600+ lots will doubtless be the original and rare 5-foot Cigar Store punch figure, made around the turn of the century and expected to bring $100,000 or more.
The house had walls full of early trade signs and advertising material; 200+ occupational shaving mugs; rare 18th- and 19th-century folk art carved ship figureheads; turn-of-the-century barber and pharmacy bottles; a cast-iron toy collection, featuring original mechanical banks; fire and police department memorabilia; beer trays; and a rare Yale Brewing Company reverse glass advertising sign.
The Sunday session will also feature dozens of lots from other estates. These include three Black Americana automatons; cartoon art from the archives of Fling Magazine; 10+ pieces of original art created for Mad Magazine by Norman Mingo; a hand-carved 1880s child’s doll carriage, once owned by President Cleveland’s granddaughter, with original paint; a great slot machine; and coin-ops.
Fine art that will be sold in the October sale includes important works by listed artists, such as Antoine Blanchard (French genre painter, 1910-1988); Claude Lorraine (French idealist and pastoral landscape painter, 1600-1682); W. Rossler (German portrait artist, 1893-1960); and the important British artist William Underhill. Two Bohem plaques will also be sold, along with many other works.
In November, another fantastic two-day sale is planned (dates to be announced). Already secured is a Gil Hodges Brooklyn Dodgers game-worn jersey; several signed General George A. Custer documents; a single-owner collection of tin tags, tobacco cards and silks; vintage Civil War images; and more. A two-day sale in December will feature toys; dolls; toy soldiers; trains and accessories.
Philip Weiss Auctions is a premier, full-service auction facility, with a spacious gallery located at #1 Neil Court in Oceanside, N.Y. To learn more about the company and the upcoming fall calendar of auctions, please log on to www.philipweissauctions.com. The firm is accepting quality consignments for its November and December sales. To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call the firm directly at (516) 594-0731. Or, you may e-mail them at phil@philipweissauctions.com.

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