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Full sheet of 80 Chinese Year of the Monkey stamps from 1980 hits $135,600 at Philip Weiss Auctions
A full sheet of 80 post office-fresh Chinese Year of the Monkey stamps, purchased in 1980 by the consignor at a post office inside the People’s Republic of China, sold for $135,600 at a multi-estate sale held April 19-21 by Philip Weiss Auctions.
The sheet of stamps was by far the top lot of the nearly 2,000 mostly fresh-to-the-
Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.
Animation cels from Disney classic films proved especially popular with bidders. A production cel with production background from the 1953 movie Peter Pan, with an image depicting Tinker Bell, climbed to $19,775. The background showed books and a cup with quill pens. The matte was inscribed “To Amy Greene with best wishes” and signed “Walt Disney.”
A 10 ½ inch by 14 inch publicity cel from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) hammered for $11,865. The large publicity set-up featured all seven dwarfs. It was gouache on trimmed celluloid, applied to an air-brushed Courvoisier background. Like the Peter Pan cel, this one’s cache was enhanced by the “WDP” stamp, to go with the coveted Walt Disney signature.
A great production cel from the movie Dumbo, measuring about 5 inches by 5 inches square and showing the plucky pachyderm blowing bubbles from his trunk, went to a determined bidder for $5,650. Also included was the master watercolor background -- 8 inches by 10 inches.
Vintage concert posters also did particularly well. A poster for the Grateful Dead show at the Las Vegas Ice Palace from March 29, 1969 (featuring Santana on the undercard) hammered for $2,599. The first printing poster, measuring 14 inches by 22 inches, featured great cartoon and comic book art by Laurie and Janusz Gottwald of Ampersand Designs in Providence, R.I.
Also sold was a poster for Howlin’ Wolf and Big Brother & the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin), for a Sept. 23-24, 1966 set of shows at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. Art was done by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley of The Blindwood Press in San Francisco. The first printing concert poster, measuring 14 ¼ inches by 20 inches, was in near mint condition.
Philip Weiss Auctions’ next auction is nearly upon us: an estate sale planned for Friday, May 11, at 12 noon. It will feature a pair of fresh-to-the-
Another one-day estate sale will be held on Thursday, May 24, also with a 12 noon start time. Featured will be Part 1 of The Finger Lakes Collection from upstate New York – all high-end American and European toy trains by makers such as European Stations, American Flyer, Lionel, Marklin, Bing, Ives and others. The auction will also have toys, toy soldiers and more.
Philip Weiss Auctions also has another three-day extravaganza scheduled – for June 14-16. The Thursday, June 14 session, starting at 2 p.m., will be dedicated to toys, toy trains, play sets and more. Trains will feature HO Brass engines, Lionel, American Flyer and MTH. Also offered will be pressed steel trucks, tin lithographed character toys, toy soldiers and more.
Friday, June 15 (also with a 2 p.m. start time) will feature mainly comics, comic art and sports-related items. Highlights include a 1937 Babe Ruth signed check, a possible one-of-a-kind circa 1930s poster for boxing legend Jack Johnson, original comic strip art for The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician, and eight original Frank Frazetta illustrations for the Ace Tarzan books.
Then, on Saturday, June 16, at 10 a.m., the grand finale: a day packed with occupational shaving mugs, Americana, militaria, posters, circus items and ballet collectibles. Featured will be many rare and one-of-a-kind occupational shaving mugs from a lifetime single-owner collection, a Confederate uniform and jacket, early 34- and 38-star American flags and a JFK watch band.
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 email@example.com. To learn more about Philip Weiss Auctions and the firm’s calendar of events, to include the upcoming June 14-16 sale, please log on to www.WeissAuctions.com.