Mastro Auctions, the world's leading Sports and Americana auction house, has recently closed yet another of its Premier auction events and generated outstanding results to the tune of several new record-setting prices. And while the prices may be new, the scenario certainly isn't for the auction powerhouse. According to Doug Allen, president of Mastro Auctions, setting new records is more a company rule than an exception. "In every auction, we document items that have sold for unprecedented prices," said Allen. "You may only hear of the really big ticket items because they naturally attract the most attention, but we're raising the bar in the industry on a whole host of items every time we go to bat."
An extraordinary Lou Gehrig game used bat produced a record-breaking hit in Mastro's August auction. It now ranks as the most expensive Gehrig bat ever sold at public auction. The historically significant bat, which sold for $184,236 is the only one known to exist that can be definitively placed in the legendary baseball player's hands during the fabled 1927 Yankees season. "No other Gehrig bat comes close in terms of value or historical importance," said Allen. "Only two side written Gehrig bats exist and this one dates from the most prolific year of his career. Especially now, there can be no argument - this is the most important Gehrig bat in the world."
The record-breaking realm was not limited to Mastro Auctions Sports division. The new Comic Books and Comic Art division also scored. The original 20 pages of Ditko artwork for the Amazing Spider-Man #31 topped $202,000 - a public auction record for the comic collecting industry. "Our goal was to come out swinging with our first comic books and comic art sale," said Chris Porter, who heads the Mastro Auctions division. "Obviously we've proven we have the right stuff to connect with the market."
In an innovative move that Porter says was developed to provide ultimate fairness to all bidders, the artwork was offered as individual pages and as a collection. Because the total of all the individual pages topped the collection bid, the pages were sold individually. "This type of bidding does make the process more democratic," said Porter. We do it for high-end baseball sets like the E93's in this auction and it has worked well. It's our way of looking out for all our buyers."
Porter says that the sound success of the first Mastro Auctions Comic Books and Comic Art division event is already yielding fruits. "The number of consignment phone calls and e-mails I have received in the past week has increased dramatically," said Porter. "We expect our next comic books and comic art event in December 2006 to offer an even more exciting and diverse selection of material."
"Mastro Auctions' Americana and Fine Arts divisions also generated excellent results, including some records, and are well on their way to becoming staples of each Premier event. "More than anything, our collecting base has told us that as long as we offer quality, service and diversity, they'll keep coming back to the bidding table," said Allen. "We are committed to providing an exciting, secure environment in which our customers feel safe to explore new collecting paths while enjoying the established Mastro experience they've come to rely on. In combination with the material we offer, that's where the record prices come from - the confidence in our process."
Specific auction results from Mastro's August Auction are detailed by division in the following:
Top Items - Sports
Historically Significant 1927 Lou Gehrig H&B Side-Written Game Used Bat - Now the Most Valuable Gehrig Gamer in Existence!
This bat stands alone as the highest priced Gehrig bat known to exist and the ONLY one that can be definitely placed in the hands of the "Iron Horse" during his amazing 1927 Yankees season. The selling price for such exclusivity was $184,236.
Babe Ruth Signed Game Used 1920 H&B Bat - Personally Obtained by Buck Weaver!
This Hillerich & Bradsby signature model weapon was personally passed on by Babe Ruth to fallen hero Buck Weaver in 1920. The bat commanded $167,107.
Rare 1920 Walter Johnson Side-Written Game Used Bat
Condition and rarity combined to make this singular sensation of a bat an auction headliner. As the only bat in existence with documentation that places it in Johnson's hands, the legendary piece of lumber attracted considerable auction attention. It sold for $96,768.
1957 Ted Williams Signed Complete Boston Red Sox Game Worn Home Uniform
This autographed Red Sox home uniform was donned by "The Splendid Splinter" during the 1957 campaign. The added bonus? An LOA straight from Williams. The uniform went for $79,610.
1949 Bowman High Grade Complete Set (240) Including Nine Variations
Perfection is key in this set as is the inclusion of the Rizzuto card. The incredible set sold for $73,735.
1941 Play Ball #71 Joe DiMaggio - PSA MINT 9
Many consider 1941 to be the greatest in baseball history. The season saw DiMaggio achieve his 56 game hitting streak and win the League's MVP. The card remains as a tangible reminder for the cost of $65,493.
1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle Rookie Card - PSA NM-MT 8
The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle has always been a key card in any collection. This one was unlocked for $65,493.
1909-11 T206 White Border Near Set (519 different) Including "Magie" Error
Eighty-four cards in this impressive compilation have been graded by PSA. This astounding nod to the tobacco era cost $51,325.
1954 Topps PSA-Graded Complete Set (250) - #8 on the PSA Set Registry!
The series is widely appreciated in the hobby for its sharp colors, large player portraits, smaller "action" photos, and extraordinarily bright graphics. The set commanded $47,853.
1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinet Joe Jackson
Once an obscure tobacco series, the Pinkerton issue is now a hobby favorite, especially when featuring the legendary Joe Jackson This card went for $47,853.
Ty Cobb 1921-1931 H&B Game Used Bat
Cobb used this bat during the latter portion of his Hall of Fame career. It is regarded as one of the finest Cobb gamers in existence. The bat sold for $44,629.
1957 Topps #302 Sandy Koufax - PSA MINT 9
Only two cards of Koufax from this issue have ever been graded higher. This Topps showpiece collectible attracted a final price of $44,111.
Top Items - Americana
1938 R68 Gum, Inc. "Horrors of War" Original Artwork Collection (135 different) - A Record Price!
Never before has there been such an auction result. Never before has such an immense collection been offered. The collection originates from the family of Charles Steinbacher, who was the Art Director for the George Moll Agency - the agency that handled Gum Inc. The artwork for this hobby classic pulled in $117,623.
Superb 1907 St. Gaudens High Relief Wire Edge
This is perhaps the most beautiful coin ever designed in the U.S. or any other country for that matter. The pristine beauty of the offered specimen is responsible for its final price of $72,207.
1940 R145 Gum Inc. "Superman" PSA-Graded Complete Set (72) - #1 on the PSA Set Registry!
The "Man of Steel" never looked better than on these patriotic, multi-colored cards. Obviously the collecting public agrees. The set went for $43,502.
1938 R68 Gum, Inc. "Horrors of War" High-Grade Complete Low-Series Set (240)
It is entirely possible that this is the very first R68 set processed for distribution into the Horrors of War presentation boxes which housed #'s 1-240. The complete set of 1938 Gum, Inc.'s classic release, Horrors of War, originates from the family of Charles Steinbacher. Mr. Steinbacher was the art director for the George Moll Advertising Agency, which claimed Gum Inc. as a client. This set was discovered in Steinbacher's personal safe in the early 1990's, several decades after his passing. The hot off the presses set sold for $33,140.
Superlative 1802 Thomas Jefferson Handwritten Signed Letter as President - Relating to the Imminent Louisiana Purchase
On New Year's Eve in 1802, President Jefferson hand wrote and signed this important letter. It was a mere four months before his crowning presidential achievement - the Louisiana Purchase. The one page document directly refers to the pending purchase. This astounding piece of history sold for $25,190.
1930's R41 Walter Johnson Candy Co. "Dick Tracy" PSA-Graded Complete Set (144)
This release is one of the most difficult of the 1930's non-sport sets to complete. It is one of only a few complete sets to ever surface. The set commanded $23,152.
Top Items - Comic Books and Comic Art
Complete 20-Page Original Steve Ditko Story Art for "Amazing Spider-Man" #31 - An Industry Record!
Mastro Auctions offered this incredible collection of artwork two ways - as individual pages and as a collection. The bids for individual pages totaled more than the collection bid so the lot was sold as individual pages. Regardless, the final cumulative selling price of $202,668 for all the pages provides a definitive exclamation mark on the enduring value of comic art and a testimony to the genius of Ditko.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" #1 CGC 9.0 VF/NM
If there is a single character that reigns as the King of the Silver Age, then it has to be Spiderman. No other title has rocketed in value like he has, nor has any other been as consistent in sales. This copy went for $24,554.
"Daredevil" #1 CGC 9.4 NM (Pacific Coast Copy)
This book represents the origin and first appearance of Daredevil, Matt Murdock, Karen Page and Foggy Nelson. The final price was $15,244.
"More Fun Comics" #67 CGC 9.2 NM- (Rockford Copy from the Collection of Nicolas Cage)
There isn't another copy like it graded higher. This is the 16th story appearance of the Spectre, and it will turn out to be his last appearance as the central feature on the magazine's covers. The book sold for $11,027.
Top Items - Fine Arts
Circa 1905 Tiffany Studios "Geranium" Table Lamp
Louis Comfort Tiffany leaded glass lamps, especially those featuring a floral design are considered the ultimate personification of American Art Nouveau. This exquisite lamp sold for $48,918.
N.C. Wyeth 1934 Design for Cover of "Anthony Adverse" Watercolor and Gouache on Gessoed Panel
Wyeth is often referred to as the "dean of American illustrators." This outstanding period piece is the slip and book cover painting for the two-volume 1934 publication written by Hervey Allen. The commercial masterpiece commanded $35,544.
Circa 1905 Tiffany Studios Large Geometric Table Lamp
This beautiful mottled green and white glass lamp represents the largest of Tifanny Studios leaded glass shades and it is rarely found in a geometric lamp. The final price was $30,227.
Circa 1905 Tiffany Studios "Lemon Leaf" Table Lamp
This large Tiffany lamp with "Lemon Leaf" frieze features unusual color combinations of yellow, green and blue bordered in pale blue. The background is deep green dichroic glass, which changes color in transmitted light. The lamp sold for $23,459.
Graded Cards and Sets
A 1959 Topps PSA-graded complete set (572) - #9 on the PSA Set Registry went for $43,502; a 1969 Topps PSA-graded complete set (664) - #8 on the PSA Set Registry sold for $40,100; a 1933 Goudey #53 Babe Ruth PSA NM-MT 8 sold for $35,951; a 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinet #9 Ty Cobb PSA EX-MT 6 went for $35,055; a 1954 Topps #128 Henry Aaron rookie card PSA MINT 9 went for $28,970; a 1909-11 T206 White Border Rube Waddell - Throwing PSA MINT 9 commanded $27,096; a 1911 T205 Gold Border Walter Johnson PSA NM-MT 8 commanded $26,335; a 1938 Goudey #277 Hank Greenberg PSA MINT 9 sold for $24,898; a 1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle rookie card PSA EX-MT 6 sold for $23,941; a 1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth PSA NM-MT 8 commanded $21,763; a 1950 Bowman PSA-graded collection (223) sold for $21,047; a 1909-11 T206 White Border Iron Man McGinnity PSA MINT 9 went for $20,356; a 1938 R323 Goudey Heads-Up PSA-graded complete set (48) went for $21,047; a 1960 Topps PSA MINT 9 Collection (28) went for $20,118; a 1960 Topps PSA-graded complete set (572) commanded $19,785; a 1911 T205 Gold Border PSA NM 7 collection (16 different) went for $19,133; a 1933 R319 Goudey complete set (239) sold for $19,133; a 1934 Goudey #84 Paul Derringer PSA MINT 9 went for $18,289; a 1955 Topps #123 Sandy Koufax rookie card PSA MINT 9 sold for $17,98; a 1960 Leaf "Big Head" PSA-graded complete set (8) went for $16,822; a 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets PSA EX 5 collection (20) went for $16,350; a 1910 E103 Williams Caramel Ty Cobb PSA EX 5 sold for $15,293; a 1955 Topps #2 Ted Williams PSA MINT 9 commanded $14,373; and a 1912 T202 Hassan Triple Folders high grade collection (11) sold for $14,052.
Ungraded Cards and Partially Graded or Ungraded Sets
A 1952 Topps complete Master Set with Black Backs Set, Sain and Page variations (489) went for $35,951; a 1948/49 Leaf near Master Set (100/101) including Hermansk and Aberson variations went for $35,055; 1956 Topps high grade complete set (340) plus checklists (2) commanded $35,055; a 1910-13 T215 "Red Cross Tobacco" Type-1 and Type-2 collection (38 different) went for $31,867; a 1962 Topps PSA NM-MT 8 partial set (523/598) sold for $29,711; a 1949 Bowman high grade complete set (240) sold for $26,335; a 1912 T207 Brown Background near Master Set (205/206) with Recruit cigarette box went for $26,335; a 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets collection (18 different) including Cobb, Mathewson and Lajoie went for $24,898; a 1939 R334 Play Ball complete set (161) sold for $24,898; a 1963 Topps PSA NM-MT 8 near Master Set (561/583) went for $24,554; a 1911 T205 Gold Border complete set (208) plus variations sold for $23,941; a 1909-11 T206 White Border graded partial set (377) sold for $23,941; a 1955 Topps high grade starter set (127/206) sold for $21,763; a 1933 R300 George C. Miller SGC-graded near set (31/32) went for $21,047; a 1960 Topps PSA MINT 9 collection (28) went for $20,118; a 1965 Topps NM-MT 8 and MINT 9 near set (566/598) realized $19,785; a 1933-41 Pre-War collection (295) including 70 Hall of Famers realized a final price of $18,705; a 1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel partial set (100/120) went for $18,705; a 1938 R323 Goudey "Heads-Up" complete low number series uncut sheet of 24 cards sold for $18,705; and a 1961 Topps high grade complete set (587) sold for $14,373.
Unopened Cases, Boxes and Packs
A 1975 Topps Baseball unopened 15-box cello case sold for $31,867; four 1971 Topps Baseball 4th-6th Series unopened vending boxes sold for $30,818; another four 1971 Topps Baseball Series 4-6 unopened vending boxes went for $30,818; six 1972 Topps Baseball 1st and 2nd Series Unopened vending boxes commanded $21,047; another six 1972 Topps Baseball 1st and 2nd Series unopened vending boxes went for $21,047; twelve 1974 Topps Baseball unopened vending boxes went for $20,575; twenty-four 1976 Topps Baseball unopened vending boxes sold for $19,133; a 1976 Topps Baseball unopened vending case commanded $13,739; and five 1970 Topps Football 1st Series unopened vending boxes went for $13,066.
The Mark Friedland Autographed Card Collection
An autographed 1953 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (271 different signatures) sold for $16,770; an autographed 1958 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (439 different aignatures) went for $12,283; an autographed 1962 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (498 different signatures) commanded $11,166; a 1933 Goudey #181 Babe Ruth signed card realized $9,816; an autographed 1956 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (311 different signatures) went for $9,227; an autographed 1952 Topps PSA-authenticated partial set (210 different signatures) sold for $7,626; and an autographed 1964 Topps PSA-authenticated near set (571 different signatures) sold for $7,626.
A Babe Ruth 1934-1935 H&B game used bat sold for $22,321; a Napoleon Lajoie circa 1905 game used bat went for $16,770; a Willie Mays 1971 Adirondack game used bat - PSA/DNA GU10 sold for $14,052; a Joe Jackson 1914-1915 Pro Model Cork Handle 40K game used bat sold for $13,513; a Frank Chance circa 1908 game used bat realized a final price of $12,597; a Willie Mays 1958-1960 Adirondack signed game used bat sold for $12,283; a Tris Speaker 1921-1928 H&B game used bat went for $11,166; a Jimmie Foxx 1934-1944 H&B game used bat sold for $11,166; a Roberto Clemente 1965-1968 H&B game used bat sold for $9,595; and a Roberto Clemente 1965-1968 H&B game used bat went for $8,923.
Baseball Game Gear
A Brooks Robinson 1963 Baltimore Orioles signed game worn home jersey sold for $27,694; a Pete Rose 1971 Cincinnati Reds signed game worn home jersey went for $12,773; a Jim Turner 1940 Cincinnati Reds complete game worn home uniform with cap, glove and cleats went for $13,066; a Lou Boudreau 1949 Cleveland Indians game worn home uniform commanded $11,878; a Bob Gibson 1959-1964 St. Louis Cardinals signed game worn baseball cap realized $10,321; a Fernando Tatis 1999 St. Louis Cardinals - two Grand Slams in one inning signed, game worn road jersey sold for $10,321; and a Jim Palmer 1984 Baltimore Orioles game worn road jersey went for $7,929
A Babe Ruth single signed ball went for $20,575; another Babe Ruth single signed ball sold for $16,770; an Earl Averill's signed 1933 All-Star game ball including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig commanded $14,864; an early 1930's Yankees signed ball featuring Babe Ruth sold for $13,901; a superb Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig signed ball went for $13,066; a 1961 World Champion New York Yankees team signed ball sold for $11,354; a Babe Ruth and Ted Williams signed ball commanded $9,382; a 1958 World Champion New York Yankees team signed ball went for $8,722; a 1978 World Champion New York Yankees team signed ball including Munson and Martin realized $8,284; a Babe Ruth and Lefty Gomez signed ball went for $7,845; and an original Hall of Fame Class signed ball sold for $7,626.
Other Baseball Autographs
A Christy Mathewson 1925 signed personal check sold for $19,133; a 1934 Ruth and Gehrig signed photo display went for $13,901; a historic 1942 War Bond Exhibition Game signed ball with Ruth, Wagner and Johnson plus Ruth at bat original news photo from the game went for $11,611; a significant Perez-Steele "Art Postcards," "Great Moments," "Celebration" and "Master Works" collection (453 items) including 213 signed pieces sold for $10,321; a 1902 Rube Waddell signed cabinet photograph sold for $10,151; a Babe Ruth "Merry Christmas" personalized ball and Santa photo commanded $8,722; a Ted Williams signed "1/10" limited edition LeRoy Nieman serigraph sold for $8,529; an exceptional collection of 1920's Hall of Famer signed exhibit cards (10 different) sold for $8,388; a 1934 Tour of Japan program signed by American and Japanese players including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went for $7,373; and a 1956 Topps signed partial set (296/340) sold for $7,132.
A 1915 Boston Red Sox pitching staff news service photograph featuring Babe Ruth sold for $15,114; a Lou Gehrig rookie-era news service photograph by Charles Conlon went $10,555; a 1913 Christy Mathewson news service photograph sold for $10,321; a 1927 Babe Ruth news service photograph by Charles Conlon commanded $10,321; a Lou Gehrig news service photograph by Charles Conlon sold for $9,382; a Babe Ruth rookie-era original photograph by Paul Thompson went for $7,929; and a 1914 Baltimore Orioles team photo with young Babe Ruth (printed in the early 1920's) went for $7,754.
A Babe Ruth mutoscope machine sold for $15,457; a 1955 United "Star Slugger" pinball machine went for $11,166; a 1977 New York Yankees World Champions scout's ring commanded $9,816; a rare 1953 Satchel Paige Coca-Cola advertising sign went for $8,954; a 1978 New York Yankees World Champions front office ring went for $8,722; a circa 1950's Willie Mays Chesterfield cigarettes advertising sign realized $8,529; a very scarce 1910's S22 Murad "Athlete and College Seal" Tobacco Silks complete set (250) sold for $8,284; and Bill Stafford's 1961 New York Yankees World Championship player's ring sold for $7,373.
A 1986/87 Fleer PSA GEM MT 10 complete set (132) went for $32,683; a James Naismith archive (27 Items) including 20 complete or partial signatures sold for $23,941; a 1961/62 Fleer #8 Wilt Chamberlain rookie card PSA GEM MT 10 commanded $20,292; a 1957/58 Topps Basketball PSA graded complete set (80) - #5 on the PSA Set Registry sold for $15,293; a 1986/87 Fleer Stickers PSA GEM MT 10 complete set (11) sold for $7,929; a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Circa 1980 Los Angeles Lakers signed game worn road jersey went for $6,552; and a Magic Johnson 1988 Los Angeles Lakers signed game worn home jersey went for $4,427.
Anthony Anderson's 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers World Champion Super Bowl XIV player's ring sold for $23,941; Stan Adams' 1983 World Champion Los Angeles Raiders Super Bowl XVIII player's ring went for $21,763; a 1975 Topps Football unopened 15-box cello case commanded $19,133; a 1935 National Chicle PSA-graded complete set (36) - #8 on the PSA Set Registry went for $17,986; a scarce "Link" Lyman 1933-1934 Chicago Bears game worn road uniform - one of the earliest known Bears uniforms sold for $12,773; Warren McVea's 1969 World Champion Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl IV player's ring sold for $11,166; a Terry Bradshaw 1978 World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XIII salesman's sample ring realized $8,529; a 1978 Topps Football unopened 15-box cello case sold for $7,929; and a Tony Dorsett 1976 Pitt signed game worn home jersey (senior year) sold for $7,754.
A 1954/55 Topps PSA-graded complete set (60) - #4 on PSA Set Registry sold for $38,561; a Wayne Gretzky 1981/82 Edmonton Oilers game worn road jersey (record season) went for $16,770; a 1954/55 Topps PSA-graded complete set (60) commanded $8,630; a 1911/12 C55 Hockey Players complete set (45) plus small variation went for $6,484; and a 1910/11 C56 Hockey Series complete set (36) sold for $4,249.
A 1982 Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney original oil painting by Leroy Neiman and Neiman signed on-site fight poster sold for $14,864; a 1911 T9 Turkey Red Boxers PSA graded collection with #76 Jack Johnson (7) went for $8,529; and a Muhammad Ali handwritten 28-page speech on teachings of Islamic faith sold for $4,375.
An extremely rare Walter Burkemo 1953 PGA Championship personal Wanamaker Trophy and Hall Of Fame plaque from the State of Michigan (2 items) sold for $10,151; 1999 American Ryder Cup Championship Team signed official scorecards including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Payne Stewart went for $3,697; and a striking Bobby Jones signed and inscribed photo realized $1,853.
Original Illustration Art
A 1938 "Bedtime Stories" pulp cover painting by Earle Bergey sold for $8,111; a Norman Rockwell 1953 original pencil study for the Ford Motor Company's 50th Anniversary Calendar went for $7,754; a James Montgomery Flagg 1913 "Judge" Magazine "Liberty" original cover artwork went for $5,956; and a Peter Max design for "TV Guide" cover oil on canvas sold for $5,206.
A magnificent pair of the "Winners" pins from the 1912 Presidential campaign (2) sold for $12,283; a beautiful 1848 Cass/Butler Presidential campaign pewter rim went for $9,816; the classic "Equality" Button - 1904 Teddy Roosevelt/Booker T. Washington Presidential campaign pin commanded $9,595; a 1904 through 1968 Presidential campaign posters collection (23 different) realized $9,112; an extremely rare 1860's matched set of General Ulysess S. Grant and General Benjamin Butler toy jigglers including the impossible trade cards for both sold for $8,338; a highly desirable 1860 Abraham Lincoln campaign ribbon from Mathew Brady photograph commanded $6,552; and a classic and extremely rare 1908 Taft with T.R. "Steamroller" pin realized $5,728.
A superlative 1802 Thomas Jefferson handwritten signed letter as President - relating to the imminent Louisiana Purchase sold for $25,190; a superb John Adams 1819 signed letter with significant historical content went for $15,244; a 1783 George Washington signed military discharge realized $12,283; Abraham Lincoln's hair in period locket with tremendous accompanying provenance went for $7,626; a late 1770's George Washington war-era free franked envelope commanded $7,207; and a 1795 Thomas Jefferson handwritten signed transcript of a letter from James Madison sold for $7,207.
A 1941/42 R164 Gum, Inc. "War Gum" original artwork collection (49 different) sold for $21,763; a 1965 Topps test issue "King Kong" PSA-graded complete set (55) went for $19,785; a super high grade 1965 Topps "Gilligan's Island" PSA-graded complete set (55) - #1 on the PSA Set Registry commanded $18,705; a 1940 R83 Gum Inc. Lone Ranger PSA-graded complete set (48) - #1 on the PSA Set Registry went for $15,457; an extremely rare 1967 Topps test Issue "Captain Nice" PSA-graded complete set (30) realized $14,052; a 1959 Fleer "Three Stooges" unopened wax box (24 packs) went for $13,513; an extremely rare 1965 Topps test Issue "Daniel Boone" Blank Backs complete set (55) sold for $11,611; Don Steinbach's personal collection of 19th Century trade cards (more than 900 different hand-picked items!) went for $11,166; a scarce 1930's V303 O-Pee-Chee Mickey Mouse SGC-graded collection (41 different) realized $10,555; and a 1933/34 R136 National Chicle "Sky Birds" PSA-graded complete set (108) sold for $10,555.
"The Tonight Show" 1975-76 Emmy Award sold for $12,597; a "Fiddler on the Roof" 1990-1991 Tony Award for Best Revival Show went for $10,555; a large quantity of Elvis Presley's hair - saved by his personal barber sold for $9,595; Elvis Presley's first William Morris Agency contract from 1956 went for $7,754; an Al Hirschfeld "Bruce Springsteen" original illustration went for $7,626; a Clark Gable 1940's-50's signed check collection (20) realized $4,813; and a 1950's signed movie poster bonanza collection (48) including Tony Curtis, William Holden, Jane Russell, Jimmy Stewart and others sold for $3,976.
A 1907 St. Gaudens Double Eagle High Relief went for $10,151; a collection of 25 vintage U.S. gold pieces (25) sold for $5,956; 100 assorted Morgan dollars plus balance of collection realized $5,656; and a collection of 19th & 20th Century U.S. sets and near sets went for $5,142.
An amazing cache of John Deere signed checks and land deeds (31) went for $7,929; an original set of Harry Houdini handcuffs sold for $7,626; an Ansel Adams "Great White Throne, Zion National Park" 15" x 19" signed photograph went for $7,207; a Daniel Boone 1786 handwritten signed promissory note went for $6,484; a 1824 George Washington and General Lafayette commemoration Liverpool pitcher sold for $6,407; and an Abraham Lincoln 1859 handwritten twice-signed legal brief realized $5,956.
For More Information
Mastro Auctions next premier auction is scheduled for December 2006. Consignments are currently being accepted. For more information or for consignment details, call 630-472-1200 or visit www.mastroauctions.com.
About Mastro Auctions
Mastro Auctions of Burr Ridge, Ill., is part of the Silkroad Equity family of companies. It is the leading high value collectibles auction company. The company has sold many of the most famous and valuable sports and Americana collectibles ever offered to the public, including the most expensive baseball card in history, the T206 Honus Wagner which sold for nearly $1.3 million, Norman Rockwell's "The Dugout" for $355,000, Roger Maris' 1961 jersey he wore when he hit home run #61 for $302,000, the bus Rosa Parks rode on when she refused to stand for segregation for nearly $500,000 and the famous Steve Bartman Cubs foul ball for over $100,000.