Oil painting on canvas by Theodore Robinson (Am., 1852-1896), titled Sur la Seine, artist signed lower left, 22 inches by 15 inches ($7,250).
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LYNBROOK, NY – A copy of Detective comics #29 (July 1939), bought by shipper at a tag sale for $20, fetched for $53,675 at a two-day auction held February 14-15 by Weiss Auctions, online and in the company’s Lynbrook Gallery at 74 Merrick Road. The vintage comic, rated VG/VG-, was one of the first Batman cover that made the first appearance of Doctor Death.

“It’s a great comic and rare on every level,” Philip Weiss said of the auction’s top lot. “It wasn’t in pristine condition, but it’s still a great addition to any collection. The fact that it was picked up at a twenty dollar tag sale only added to its Bidders were not deterred by loss on the edge of the cover, tan on the pages, and a loose center crease.

Bringing almost as much was a copy of DC Comics Showcase #4 (October 1956), the origin and first appearance of Barry Allen as the flash. Boasting cover art by legendary illustrators Carmine Infantino (Am., 1925-2013) and Joe Kubert (Polish-Am., 1926-2012), the comic has been rated CGC FN+ 6.5, in good overall condition but with some minor off-white pages. He ordered $50,850.

The first day of the auction contained nearly 500 lots of sports memorabilia, comic books, comic art, animation and more. Day 2 was an estate sale, with nearly 500 lots of oil paintings, jewelry, bronzes, china, silverware, lighting and more. The top lot of this session was a Tiffany Studios Acorn-style table lamp, 20 inches tall, with a Tiffany-signed base and shade. It sold for $8,750.

About 150 people attended the event in person over the two days, while another 800 to 1,000 people registered to bid online, via Proxibid.com and Invaluable.com. Thousands of absent (or left) bids were submitted and the phones were ringing constantly on auction day. By the time it was over and the last hammer fell on Day 2, the auction had brought in around $750,000.

Here are more highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include buyer’s premium.

A nearly complete deck (30 of 31 cards) of US Carmel Presidents the 1932 cards, missing Benjamin Harrison but including the rare William McKinley card, changed hands for $23,100. Also, a large 16 ½ inch by 20 inch photograph of Babe Ruth showing the great Yankee in a classic home run, signed, inscribed and dated (2.29.48) by the Bambino (“To the Golden Strand, Sincerely, Babe Ruth”), won $18,080. The Golden Strand was a resort hotel in Florida.

An oil on canvas by Theodore Robinson (Am., 1852-1896), titled On the Seine, artist signed lower left and measuring 22 inches by 15 inches, realized $7,250. The painting, No. 192 in Robinson’s catalog, was originally offered for auction in 1924 by Keeler Art Galleries. Robinson was a close friend of Claude Monet and is best known for his impressionist landscapes.

Back to the comics, original cover art for DC Comics Showcase #102 (July 1978), with Hawkman, 12 inches by 17 inches, taken directly from the estate of its illustrator Joe Kubert and signed by him, went for $14,250. Also, a copy of Marvel’s Incredible Hulk #1cover art by Jack Kirby, rated CGC 1.5 and featuring the origin and first appearance of The Incredible Hulk, sold for $6,900. The comic was also the first appearance of Rick Jones, Betty Ross, and General Ross.

Weiss Auctions has an auction titled Trains, Trains and More Trains scheduled for Wednesday, March 21, in the Lynwood Gallery, starting at 10 a.m. ET. Offered will be early gauge Lionel O; Ives gauge and American Flyer O; Post-war Lionel boxes; and European O and 1 gauges from Marklin, Bing, Carette, KBN and Hornby with live steam, electrical and mechanical units.

Also to be sold will be Marklin HO trains from the 1960s in the digital age, many LNs with boxes; examples of S Gauge, G Gauge and American HO; articulated steam locomotives, large diesels and diesel sets; and passenger and freight trains by Lionel, MTH, Weaver & Williams. Add to that tons of accessories, stations, and signals, and the sale is a must-have for model train enthusiasts.

The following day – Thursday, March 22, also in Lynbrook at 10 a.m. – Weiss Auctions will hold a busy sale of over 500 lots of toys across all categories, including Toy Soldiers with Brits, Mignots, Modern Soldiers, and more. . and diecasts, including Matchbox, Tootsietoy and Dinky.

An on-card mint Star Wars figure collection will also be featured; a collection of Steiff animals, tin lithograph toys, plane toys from the Sy Merrall collection; stamped steel, with boxed Tonka, Structo, Buddy L and Smith Miller; and dolls of all kinds, including Barbie and bisque.

Weiss Auctions is still accepting quality submissions for future auctions. To consign an item, estate or collection, you can call them at (516) 594-0731; or, you can email Philip Weiss at [email protected] For more information on Weiss Auctions and the auctions scheduled for March 21 and 22, visit www.WeissAuctions.com. Updates are released often.

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