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Postcard from Russia, written and signed by Lee Harvey Oswald, will be sold at auction Nov. 17
Philip Weiss Auctions will conduct a two-day auction event on non-consecutive days – Nov. 15 and 17 – then conclude the month with an important estate sale on Thursday, Nov. 29. All three will be held in the firm's gallery in Oceanside, N.Y.
The Thursday, Nov. 15 auction, starting at 12 noon (EST), will feature toys, trains, action figures, die-cast, play sets and more. Highlights will include HO brass train engines from the Kozsey estate, new-in-the-box Marklin engines and freight cars, two Superman vs. The Robot metal lunch boxes, and a collection of new-in-the-box Dinky, Corgi and early Matchbox cars.
Two days later, on Nov. 17, at 10 a.m., the action will focus on rare books, historical items, militaria, autographs, posters and circus items. Expected top lots will include a hunting bow once belonging to Lee Harvey Oswald plus a postcard written by Oswald from Russia, three original Peanuts daily strips by Charles Schulz, and a rare World War I Navy recruiting poster.
The Nov. 29 estate auction will feature hundreds of quality items pulled from prominent estates and collections. Offered will be an incredible collection of spoons from the estate of Dr. Samuel K. Levy (including a Paul Revere spoon and a spoon attributed to George Washington), and a 15th century hand-painted altarpiece by Blasco de Granen, the renowned Master of Lanaja.
Internet bidding will be facilitated by Proxibid.com (and the Philip Weiss Auctions website, www.weissauctions.com)
Returning to the Thursday, Nov. 15 session, trains will feature Part 3 of the Finger Lakes Collection of high-end American and European trains (including Lionel, Marklin and more), Part 1 of the Jersey Collection of trains (thousands of pieces of Lionel, Brass, American Flyer, Williams, MTH and more), a complete Buddy L train set with track, model kits and much more.
The day will also feature a collection of Marx play sets and assorted figure lots (including Super Circus, Cape Canaveral, Davy Crockett and more), a collection of mint-on-the-
The Saturday, Nov. 17 session will be a blockbuster, with around 700 lots. Rare books will include Captain Thomas Williamson and Samuel Howitt’s Oriental Field Sports (2nd edition, with 40 hand-colored engravings), and James Jenkins’ The Martial Achievements of Great Britain and Her Allies from 1799 to 1815 (London, with two hand-colored engravings).
Also sold will be sporting and nautical books, limited editions, higher-end art books, a portfolio of Georgia O’Keeffe drawings, an Elbert Hubbard 20-volume author’s edition, a Walter Schnauckenber portfolio, William Angus’s Seats of Nobility and Gentry in Great Britain and Wales, and Agnes Strickland’s Lives of the Queens of England (limited edition, 16 volumes).
Other books will include signed Langston Hughes editions, Louis Lamour’s Smoke From His Altar (signed first edition), a manuscript of Brazilian Missions 1789 and more. Autographs will include 19th and 20th century literary and historic figures such as James A. Garfield, Ernest Hemingway, George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt and the aforementioned Lee Harvey Oswald.
Posters will feature a great selection of World Wars I and II military and propaganda posters and broadsides. The extremely rare World War I Navy recruiting poster is actually circa 1890s and is an impressive seven feet long. Also offered will be two Atlantic City advertising posters by Eggleston. Magazines will feature one lot consisting of a complete run of Visionaire.
Circus items will include a library of more than 1,000 circus books, with many early and signed editions (to include Clyde Beatty, Frank Buck, Merle Evans and more), an outstanding collection of English and American circus token coins, a letter signed by P.T. Barnum, a red velvet headpiece from the Slivers Madison elephant “Bertha,” a semi-nude 19th century circus wagon carving, a gold-headed presentation cane given by a circus midget troupe to its leader, photographs, programs, prints, newspaper advertisements, and 19th century circus broadsides.
The centerpiece of the militaria category will be one of the most important Naval pieces Philip Weiss Auctions has ever handled: a carved scrimshaw presentation horn (dated 1813) for Commodore O.H. Perry and his men, in honor of their victory over the British Navy on Lake Erie. Also sold will be 19th and 20th century swords, bayonets, weapons, medals and cannonballs.
Other top lots from Nov. 17 will include a fabulous John J. Audubon taxidermy bird collection in a display case, a wonderful Matthew Brady photographic archive, items belonging to songwriter Cole Porter, a collection of Sinsabaugh photos, a political buttons collection, a rare 19th century fire house lantern, and an archive of boxing material with a connection to Joe Louis.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Philip Weiss Auctions and the calendar of events, to include the Nov. 15 and 17 and Nov. 29 auctions, log on to www.weissauctions.com.