Geppis Entertainment Continues Success with Hakes Auction 193, Now Online

. January 11, 2008

Geppi’s Entertainment Publishing and Auctions looks to continue the solid trend for record-breaking results seen in the last few events with a superb selection of high-profile pop culture offerings in the January 29-31, 2008 auction at its Hake’s Americana & Collectibles unit. The auction is available to preview now at – www.hakes.com and catalogues will be available after Friday, January 18th.

Disneyana collectibles are one of – but certainly not the only – focal points of the event. Among the many rare, high-grade Disney-themed items are movie posters, comic strip original art, pencil drawings and cels for Disney’s 1930s cartoons, and Good Housekeeping original art pages by Disney artists. The auction also features a wide array of presidential campaign collectibles, comic books, comic book and comic strip original art, and many other categories.

This event, Hake’s Americana Auction #193, follows a series of Hake’s sales in which many price records for character collectibles have been broken. A matching giant promotional pair of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dolls by Charlotte Clark from the 1930s sold in excess of $150,000 in their most recent auction. Additional record prices were recently obtained for comic book original art by famed illustrator Alex Toth; the first issue of the comic book Fantastic Four (their first appearance which inspired the hit film and four decades of Marvel comics); an original costume jacket from the pioneering science fiction television show Space Patrol, and political campaign buttons have all drawn overwhelming interest.

Western characters such as Hopalong Cassidy and Roy Rogers, science fiction icons like Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and Tom Corbett, long-lived characters such as Betty Boop and Popeye, wrist watches from many different genres, movie posters and comic strip original art are among the other categories that have performed well in recent auctions thanks to their devoted followings of collectors.

To continue this trend, Hake’s has lined up its best selection ever of rare Disneyana and other animation-related items to compliment their usual stellar selection of popular culture collectibles spanning over 200 years of American history.

Serious Disney enthusiasts will immediately spot the historic, only known copy of the 1927 theatrical poster from the cartoon short Great Guns featuring Walt Disney’s early, pre-Mickey Mouse creation, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Mickey himself is well-represented, highlighted by one of the rarest Mickey movie posters, the full-color, one-sheet for Mickey’s Mellerdrammer (1933) a racially insensitive and rarely-seen takeoff on Uncle Tom’s Cabin, with Mickey as Uncle Tom and Horace Horsecollar as Simon Legree.

Auction #193 also includes an incredibly rare matched pair of Sunday comic strip original art pages for Mickey Mouse and Silly Symphonies from 1937; the original art model sheet for Donald Duck from 1934’s The Wise Little Hen (his first appearance); the “holy grail” of the famed series of Disney-created Good Housekeeping pages “The Grasshopper and the Ants” and other art and vintage toys.

The auction also abounds with rare collectibles for non-Disney characters. Felix the Cat is making his appearance in he auction with a 1923 Felix Calms His Conscience theatrical poster, perhaps the earliest example of a Felix one-sheet in full color to have survived. A 1922 “Out of the Inkwell” Koko the clown theatrical poster from the short Birthday might be the only “Inkwell” poster to have survived as well as being the only poster with Koko appearing as a solo star. Winsor McCay fans will be excited when they lay their eyes on the rare 1903 Tales of the Jungle Imps Sunday strip artwork as well as the set of five bisque figures from Little Nemo in Slumberland.

The offerings also include an original art re-creation by Superman creator Joe Shuster of the cover art for the December, 1939 Action Comics issue #19; a very rare original Flash Gordon one-sheet poster advertising Chapter 11 (Human Bait) from the 1938 serial Flash Gordon’s Trip to Mars starring Buster Crabbe, original cover art for The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide; and much more.

For additional information, contact Alex Winter, General Manager, at 866-404-9800 Ext. 1632 or email – walex@hakes.com

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