THREE EARLY DETECTIVE COMICS SELL FOR A COMBINED $77,790 AT A MASSIVE MULTI-ESTATE SALE HELD FEB. 27-28 BY PHILIP WEISS AUCTIONS IN NEW YORK

. March 9, 2010

(OCEANSIDE, N.Y.) – Three early Detective Comics from the late 1930s sold for a combined $77,790 at a multi-estate sale held the weekend of Feb. 27-28 by Philip Weiss Auctions. The top lot of the sale was Detective Comics #28, from June 1939 and featuring Batman in only his second comic book appearance. The unrestored example brought $30,510.

A copy of Detective Comics #1 (March 1937), with cover art by Vin Sullivan depicting the Fu Manchu-style Oriental villain Ching Lung on the cover, made $28,250; while a copy of Detective Comics #2 (April 1937), showing a thug getting the gun knocked out of his hand by a policeman on the cover, fetched $19,210. Also, a fine copy of Batman Comic #3 rose to $11,565.

All the comics in the sale were from the estate of noted cartoonist Eldon Dedini. His massive collection consisted of many key Golden Age books, all unrestored, with the owner’s name and code numbers written on the covers. Mr. Dedini personally bought each of the comic books in his collection off the newsstand. The auction also featured Dedini’s original comic art.

The Sunday session (Feb. 28) was dedicated to Mr. Dedini’s collections. Saturday (Feb. 27) saw nearly 675 lots of toys and trains cross the block, featuring a Lionel train collection, still in the original boxes that had been in storage for over 50 years. “Prices were strong on Saturday, with active bidding in the room and over the Internet, through Proxibid.com,” said Philip Weiss.

The two-day event grossed more than $500,000. “The freshness to the market and the wonderful condition of the merchandise was reflected in the high sale prices,” Mr. Weiss said. “Prices continue to remain strong for the fresh, high-end material. People are taking advantage of the opportunity to go after hard-to-find and rare items, paying top dollar for the better things.”

Following are additional highlights from the sale. All prices quoted include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.

A Bing train set, circa 1913, with two locomotives and three passenger cars, rolled away for $1,243. One locomotive was a 0-4-0 and the other a 4-4-0. The passenger cars were a pair of 1207s and a 1250. Also included in the set were 12 pieces of straight track and 7 pieces of curved track, plus other accessories. Overall, the set exhibited the scuffs and scratches typical for its age.

From the Lionel collection: a Lionel 298W O Gauge passenger set, in excellent condition, including a 238E engine and 600 series passenger cars with set box, achieved $1,135; a Lionel 392 engine, 392W tender and three Stephen Girard cars (424, 425, 426), all excellent, made $1,695; and a 714K Boxcar, 715K Tank Car and 716K Hopper, boxed, went for $2,825.

A Krazy Kat Sunday comic page by George Joseph Herriman (1880-1944), undated, showing Krazy Kat and Ignatz, with Ignatz flying into the scene on a balloon, realized $9,040. Also, a pair of Charles Schulz original daily Peanuts comic strips, one from 1952 with Lucy and a tennis theme and one from 1962 with a baseball and psychiatry theme, brought $18,080 each.

A pair of 5 inch by 6 inch animation production cels from the classic Disney movie Snow White commanded $5,085 each. One showed Snow White in a waist-up image, wide-eyed, with the covers pulled up to her chin. The other showed Snow White seated, also wide-eyed, with a sleeping rabbit on her lap. Both cels came straight from the closet of an old Long Island home.

Philip Weiss Auctions has two big sales coming up later this month. The first is a two-day weekend event planned for Mar. 19-20. The Friday session (Mar. 19) will feature 200-300 lots of Hollywood and entertainment memorabilia, highlighted by Part I of the Lester Glassner Collection, with approximately 250,000 movie stills, signed photos, posters and other items.

The next day, Saturday (Mar. 20), will be dedicated to Military, Nautical, Presidential, Barber and other advertising. Items will include a Confederate Civil War General’s cape, original ship’s artifacts from the ill-fated Andrea Doria, a rare set of Tiffany playing cards, presidential collectibles and a high-end Mr. Peanut Collection, to include a penny coin-op scale.

Friday, Mar. 26, will be a one-day auction dedicated to fine, fresh-to-the-market estate merchandise. Featured will be important paintings, furniture, pottery, porcelains and bronzes. The artwork will be by noted, listed artists. Also offered will be American Indian photos by Edward S. Curtis, a rare antique kiln with amazing colors and pattern, and many mantel clocks.

The Mar. 26 sale will also include an Alexander Gagliandus violin with label, a group of Black Forest bears, a fabulous Black Forest chalet clock, a KPM porcelain plaque, Boehm, Limoges, a Yrjo Kukkapuro swivel lounge chair and ottoman, an important authenticated W.M. Chase portrait painting, a large collection of clocks and a rare American junior dental cabinet.

Perhaps the crown jewel of the spring calendar, though, will be the auction scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 24, beginning at 10 a.m. Offered will be the Edward Ryan Toy Soldier & Military Memorabilia Collection, featuring one of the most comprehensive and extensive holdings of paper toy soldiers in existence. It’s a chance to own a piece of a pedigree toy soldier collection.

Philip Weiss Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (516) 594-0731, or e-mail them at phil@prwauctions.com.

To learn more about Philip Weiss Auctions and its calendar of upcoming auctions, to include the March and April 24 sales, click on www.prwauctions.com

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