Pegasus clockwork engine, $12,600, Philip Weiss Auctions
A Pegasus clockwork tin train engine, made by Stevens & Brown and patented by E. C. Phelps in 1874, one of only a few known surviving examples, sold for $12,600 at an auction held Nov. 19 by Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a Butting Ram mechanical bank, attributed to Wagner & Zwiebel Machine Shop in Wisconsin and patented in 1895, brought $4,320; and a circa-1876 nickel-plated cast-iron still bank (“Liberty Proclaimed July 4, 1776,” “Birthplace of American Independence”) made $4,080. Prices include the buyer's premium.
Pair of vintage comic books, $42,148, Hake's Americana
A copy of All Star Comics #4 (at left), from March/April 1941, featuring the first adventure for the Justice Society of America, NM, Larson pedigree, sold for $21,275, and a copy of Incredible Hulk #1 (at right), with the first appearance of Hulk, went for $20,873, for a combined $42,148 at an auction held Nov. 15-17 by Hake's Americana in York, Pa. Also, the wool-collared leather jacket worn by actor Richard Boone as “Palladin” in the 1957-1963 hit TV series Have Gun, Will Travel finished at $14,421. Prices include a 15 percent buyer's premium.
Cincinnati carved cabinet, $7,380, Great Gatsby's
A Cincinnati art carved cabinet by William H. Fry sold for $7,380 at an estates auction held Oct. 14-16 by Great Gatsby's Auction Gallery in Atlanta, Ga. The sellers were Herbert Broadfoot II and his wife, Nancy. The cabinet was commissioned as a wedding present in 1876 for Mr. Broadfoot's great-great aunt, Mary Boyd, and had been passed down in the family ever since. Remarkably, the buyer was Laura Fry of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the great-great granddaughter of William H. Fry, the cabinet's maker. The selling price includes a 23 percent buyer's premium.
Marklin steam-powered liner, $59,000, Bertoia Auctions
A circa 1929-1930 Marklin 'Amerika' Series II steam-powered liner, exquisitely detailed, sold for $59,000 at an Annual Fall Auction held Nov. 11-13 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a circa-1929 Marklin 'Rheingold' paddleboat, 30 inches long, sped off for $35,400; a Belsnickle candy container with glass icicle beard, mica 'snow' on the coat and hood, and golden beads around the hood, 16 inches tall, realized $26,550; and a Gunthermann eight-man plus coxswain tinplate clockwork scull made $20,060. Prices include the buyer's premium.
Shenandoah Valley valentine, $22,230, Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.
A Shenandoah Valley (Virginia) cut-work/scherenschnitte valentine, dated 1856, sold for $22,230 at an Americana & Fine Antiques Auction held Nov. 12 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a Shenandoah Valley embroidered show towel, dated 1854, commanded $12,870; a wineglass cooler from the Andrew Jackson-Franklin Pierce pattern White House service, knocked down for $14,040; and an 18th century American pipe tomahawk went to a determined bidder for $9,360. Prices include a 17 percent buyer's premium.