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Fall is approaching, but many auction houses are doing anything but winding down. Check out these interesting lots featured in upcoming September auctions by some of WorthPoint®’s Industry Partners—from Star Wars collectibles to rare theater tickets from the night of President Lincoln’s assassination.
At Hake’s three-day Comics, Cards, Political, Figures & More online-exclusive sale closing September 18–20, 2023, over 300 Star Wars items are up for grabs, including item 2377 in Session 3 that closes on September 20: a “vinyl cape” Jawa that’s a holy grail for collectors.
Given Star Wars’s popularity for generations of fans, the toys hold more than nostalgic value. Vintage items from the original trilogy are some of the most elusive and expensive, and many collectors dream of acquiring a vinyl cape Jawa.
Jawas debuted in the franchise’s 1977 debut film Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The characters are passionate scavengers combing the deserts of Tatooine for droids or scraps to sell or trade—much like eager pickers scouring thrift stores looking for treasures to resell. What makes these figures so rare is that when Kenner first released them in 1977, the company thought the vinyl capes made them look cheap and swapped them for cloth ones. Kenner made this change early in the toys’ run, so many never realized the vinyl version existed.
Star Wars toys are among the pop-culture categories Hake’s specializes in. The auction house has sold several high-profile Jawa figures, including an extremely rare Australian-release vinyl cape Jawa by TOLTOYS that sold for a record $49,324 in March and this previous record holder that sold for more than $40,000 in 2022.
John Moran Auctioneers is presenting its first-ever Comics and Pop Culture Memorabilia online auction on September 19, 2023, featuring vintage comics, sports memorabilia, Disney items, and fine artwork. One notable item is lot 191, a nifty painting by artist Josh Agle, known professionally as Shag. Agle’s work blends pop culture, Tiki culture, and the mid-century modern aesthetic with sly humor, making him popular with collectors. His cartoon-like paintings are a playful homage to the animation, commercial art, and cocktail culture of the 1950s and 1960s. The grimacing alligator holding a martini makes you wonder if it’s displeased because the drink was stirred and not shaken or because there’s no olive.
The Important Collection of H. Marshall Goodman Jr. is heading to auction in a two-day live sale at Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates on September 22–23, 2023, in Mount Crawford, Virginia. Goodman has played a vital role in the art and antiques community for the last fifty years, helping to place many important artworks and objects in institutions and private collections in the country while assembling his own impressive collection.
The hundreds of lots feature many gems from the 18th and 19th centuries, including glass antiques like lot 497, a pair of free-blown witch balls with a marbrie decoration resembling marbles. Originating in England, witch balls have had the power to fascinate since at least the 16th century. Legend has it that hanging these beautiful balls in windows or doorways will keep homes safe by warding off bad fortune, evil spirits, and witches’ spells.
Many have been fascinated with collecting items relating to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime, especially after his assassination. Collectors hunt down anything related to that horrific event, from newspaper accounts, theater playbills, and bandages that dressed his wound.
In RR Auction’s Remarkable Rarities live sale at the Royal Sonesta Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on September 23, 2023, the auction house will be offering the historically significant lot 6018, a pair of exceedingly rare original front-row balcony tickets to the play Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865, the night President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
Bradford’s Auction Gallery’s Ancient Arms, Armor & Edged Weapons Auction! timed online sale on September 24, 2023, is a dream for historic weapons and antiquities enthusiasts. Among the rare armor pieces is lot 1002, a striking Corinthian helmet from the 7th century BC.
Corinthian helmets originated in ancient Greece and took their name from the city-state of Corinth. This style became the most popular helmet during the archaic and early classical periods, and the Greeks romantically associated the helmet with past glory and tradition. The Romans also revered this helmet style, which also has ties to Star Wars: The helmet worn by bounty hunter Boba Fett vaguely resembles a Corinthian model, with its T-shaped visor, as do the helmets of other Clone troopers and Mandalorians.
It’s not often bidders get to hear personal stories behind items up for auction. But when they tune into Bodnar’s Auction’s live broadcast on September 27, 2023, they’ll get to watch filmmaker Kevin Smith talk about each piece of original comic art in his private collection as they’re sold online.
Comic Art! The Personal Collection of Kevin Smith is a testament to comics’ rich history, making it a significant opportunity for collectors. It features original art from classic titles like Batman, Preacher, and The Demon, created by legendary artists in the industry, including Frank Miller.
A highlight is Green Arrow cover art by Matt Wagner from an acclaimed series written by Smith, including lot 64 from issue No. 1. This and all the other items come with a Bodnar’s Auction COA autographed by Smith.
Adina K. Francis has been a writer and editor in the antiques and collectibles field for more than 20 years. She has a bit of an obsession with the Victorians and thinks that dogs are one of life’s greatest gifts.
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