Charlie Brown has his head examined-but turns the
tables on Lucy-in this 1971 Peanuts strip, which
Collectors of original artwork from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts indulged in some “retail therapy” in pursuit of a 1971 strip featuring a session at Lucy’s psychiatric booth. A final result of $27,738 made it the top item in the auction, which featured more than 1,500 lots.
These well-traveled Stars and
Stripes, carried aboard the
Apollo 11 mission, achieved
a stellar $21,345
When it comes to space memorabilia, the magic number is 11—that is, the
Apollo mission during which men first walked on the moon. Combine that with the
most coveted category in the field of space collecting—flown items—and
you get a potent prescription for auction excitement. Such was the case with a
flown American flag from the Apollo 11 mission, affixed to its original presentation
signed by all three crew members,
which sold for $21,345.
America’s chief executives proved their leadership abilities once again with such impressive results as a discharge for a Revolutionary War veteran signed by Washington, $14,988; a John Adams appointment for a naval surgeon’s mate, $7,853; an early legal brief signed twice by Lincoln, $7,145; and an 1809 military commission signed by Jefferson, $7,139.
Franklin had just returned to America after a decade
as Ambassador to France when his signed this
1785 Philadelphia land grant, which sold for $18,741
Space and aviation standouts included a Neil Armstrong postal cover and letter on the European reaction to Apollo 11, $14,867; a flown page from the Apollo 11 flight plan signed by Buzz Aldrin, $7,477; a space travel book signed by 24 astronauts, including 11 of the 12 moonwalkers, $7,139; and an oversized photo of the Apollo 11 crew signed by all three, $6,302.
Art and literature made a strong showing with a color print from Sleeping Beauty signed by Walt Disney, $7,139; a signed photo of Ernest Hemingway, $5,362; and a limited edition biography signed by Picasso, $5,117.
A rare program from the Beatles' 1964
"invasion" of the U.S., signed by
all four, brought $20,551
Outstanding performers in the entertainment category included a signed membership card from Bruce Lee’s martial arts school, $5,729; a signed photo of the Three Stooges, $4,027; a souvenir book signed by more than 100 Oscar winners, $3,176; and, in one of the auction’s more surprising turns, a signed glamour shot of former Avengers star and onetime “Bond girl” Diana Rigg, $3,149.
Sports highlights included a baseball signed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, $8,701; a signed first edition of Ruth’s autobiography, $4,608; and a photo of the 1927 Yankees signed by Ruth, $4,608.
All prices above include the buyer’s premium. R&R Enterprises’ next auction begins on April 28 and ends on May 14. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.