AMHERST, N.H-There seems to be no wane in the demand for original artwork from the comic strip Peanuts-and serious collectors are still willing to pay dearly for particularly outstanding examples of the evergreen funnies favorite.
A 1995 single-panel wide angle Peanuts strip featuring
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Linus brought $38,569.
Neil Armstrong holds the oversized signed
photo that sold for $19,790. Documentation
of this sort is extremely unusual for items
signed by Armstrong, who has rebuffed
collectors' advances for decades.
This 1783 Revolutionary War discharge,
signed by Washington months before his
famous farewell to the troops, sold for $13,915.
Other prizes from historical and military figures included an 1806 letter from Napoleon to his sister, $8,159; a letter from Einstein related to his work with the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists, $5,804; a letter from Robert E. Lee sending regrets that he cannot attend the burial of his older brother, $5,207; and a Horatio Nelson document sent from the HMS Victory in the months leading up to the Battle of Trafalgar, $4,430.
Rock and roll rarities sparked spirited bidding among advanced collectors, who made off with such impressive items as an early, effusive letter from proto-Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe to his girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, $9,975; an album of Beethoven piano sonatas signed by all four Beatles, $8,833; a Led Zeppelin II album signed by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Bonham, $5,117; and an early Paul McCartney letter mentioning the chart success of "Please Please Me," $4,228.
Outstanding entertainment results included a coveted signed photo of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster, $7,627; an unusually large signed example of Alfred Hitchock's famous profile sketch, $4,165; and an early signed photo of Steve McQueen from the TV show Wanted: Dead or Alive, $3,844.
A baseball signed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig fielded a respectable $7,898. Other sports offerings included a 1927 baseball signed by Ruth, Gehrig, and Jimmie Foxx, $5,484; a group of 92 signed Hall of Fame plaque cards, $4,228; and a signed candid photo of Ruth on a putting green, $4,027.
All prices above include the buyer's premium. R&R Enterprises' next auction begins on February 25 and ends on March 12. Bids are accepted online or via telephone, fax, or e-mail. For information or to consign to future auctions, visit the R&R web site at www.rrauction.com or contact Elizebeth Otto at email@example.com.