But that was before Sandy. “The business took a direct hit and our home sustained a good bit of damage, too,” Mr. Weiss said. “It was hard to sit by and watch two months pass without any sales. The Oceanside facility was a total loss. We can’t do business there. Fortunately, the bulk of consignors’ material was safe as the staff spent days raising and securing the property.”
After a brief but intense site search, Weiss and his team found a suitable replacement gallery – at 74 Merrick Road, in Lynbrook, N.Y., not far from Oceanside. “It was important to reestablish the business in the same general area, because we have clients, consignors and buyers who know us and depend on us to be nearby. Also, most of our employees live in this area.”
Lynbrook, like Oceanside, is located in western Long Island, in Nassau County, just outside New York City. As such, it is a bedroom community for Manhattan commuters, but it is also close to Long Island’s desirable beaches and the tony Hamptons, further east. In short, Lynbrook is as attractive as Oceanside for the successful continuation of Philip Weiss Auctions.
November was to be a very active month for the firm. Scheduled was a two-day auction event on non-consecutive days (Nov. 15 and 17) and an important estate sale on Nov. 29. All that was canceled due to the storm and Mr. Weiss said he is hopeful he will be back up and running with an Internet-only sale in late January or early February. Live sales in Lynbrook will follow.
A treasure trove of material has already been consigned. Included will be an 800-piece World War I poster and broadside collection, a one-of-a-kind three-sheet World War I recruiting poster, 75 mostly pre-1930s circus and Buffalo Bill posters, a fabulous postcard collection and many stamps, including a collection of rare U.S. postal stationery worth more than $400,000.
A comic and comic art sale is also planned, one that will feature several original Peanuts strips by the legendary illustrator Charles Schulz, and animation art, such as a rare Little Toot production cel on a maser background, inscribed from Walt Disney to Little Toot creator Hardie Gramtky, and the original manuscript (including all illustrations)
A sports auction will include great single-owner sports and non-sports card collections, a wonderful Green Bay Packers signed championship football and many other items. Rare books will feature high-end color plate books. And, as always, at least one auction will be dedicated to toys, trains and toy soldiers (already consigned: a group of super high-grade dime store figures).
“On behalf of myself and my wonderful and loyal staff, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and say thanks to everyone who supported us with words of encouragement and offers of help during this trying time,” Mr. Weiss said. “Our hearts go out to everyone who sustained damage from this horrific superstorm. We wish everyone a very speedy recovery.”
Watch the Philip Weiss Auctions website for updates, highlights, times and dates of all the upcoming auctions, at www.weissauctions.com. Quality consignments are being sought for all future sales. To consign a single piece, an estate or a collection, you may call Philip Weiss at (516) 594-0731; or, you can e-mail him at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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