Copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, graded 9.0, is in ComicConnect’s March 20-24 auction

Copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 This copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, in near-mint 9.0 condition, has an Overstreet Guide value of $160,000, but the final price could go much higher. (photo courtesy

Multiple examples of Amazing Fantasy #15 – coveted by collectors because it is Spider-Man’s first appearance in a comic book– can be found in ComicConnect’s five-session Event Auction now online (at and ending March 20th thru 24th. But none will generate the excitement and anticipated bidding frenzy of the copy shown here, which boasts a Very Fine/Near Mint grade of 9.0. This is one of the best copies in the world and with the new Spider-Man movie coming out this summer interest will continue to soar. The 2016 Overstreet Guide said the value of a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, in VF/NM condition, was $160,000, but that figure could easily be eclipsed.

The comic book (published in August 1962) is from the much-ballyhoo’d Hope Collection, which is making its ComicConnect debut in this auction with over 125 comics, to include Fantastic Four #5 (CGC 8.5), Incredible Hulk #1 (CGC 6.0), Journey Into Mystery #83 (CGC 8.0), and Tales to Astonish #27 and #35 (CGC 7.5 and 7.0, respectively). The auction overall will feature over 1,300 items, many of them Golden Age can’t-miss comics and most-wanted Silver Age titles, but also to include single comic pages, original comic daily strips and 160 lots of original artwork.

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Burgundy will take center stage At Zachys/La Paulée, March 9-10

Burgundy will take center stage A highlight lot in Zachys’ March 9-10 auction is a case of Meursault Perrières Coche-Dury 1992. It’s expected to sell to a serious collector for $18,000-$28,000. (photo courtesy Zachys)

Each year around this time, Zachys (the White Plains, New York-based purveyor of fine and rare wines), partners with La Paulée de New York (the annual Burgundy festival, being held this year March 7-11 in New York City) to host what is typically Zachys’ premier auction event of the year. This year’s sale will be a two-day affair, March 9-10, with the first day dedicated to wines of the world and the second day exclusively to Burgundy. Day 1 will feature young Bordeaux from the 2009 vintage, plus Allemand’s rare Cornas and a selection of rare Penfolds Grange.

Day 2 is the real headliner, with Burgundy taking center stage. Among the DRC, Rousseau and Roumier up for bid, Zachys will also be offering, for the second time, treasures from the legendary collection of Robert Caine, featuring one of the most impressive offerings of Coche-Dury ever to hit the market. The March 10th session will also have Zachys’ annual Sommelier Scholarship (a dozen lots) and futures of Fourier, Lamarche and Hudelot-Noelat. The auction is being held at Le Bernardin Privé in New York City and will begin at 9 am Eastern time both days.

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Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) – a century’s worth of greatness

Al Hirschfeld Al Hirschfeld was a true American original. This early illustration, done in 1939 and titled The Barnstormers, will be sold March 4th. (photo courtesy Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery)

For anyone who grew up in a certain time reading the Sunday edition of The New York Times, as I did, it was always a treat to pull out the Arts & Leisure section to see who the famous illustrator Al Hirschfeld caricatured that week. Hirschfeld was a true original, and his black and white line drawings of film and Broadway stars were, and still are, instantly recognizable as his and his work alone. And, as a further treat, he often buried the name of his daughter, Nina, into his drawings, often multiple times. It was up to you, the viewer, to find them all. What an artist.

So it’s a true honor to be able to present to you the original pen and ink on tan board illustration pictured here, drawn by Hirschfeld and titled The Barnstormers. It is lot #17 in Antiques & Modern Auction Gallery’s upcoming auction, slated for March 4th, online and in the firm’s gallery at 811A Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach, Florida. The work measures 24 inches by 12 inches and is signed lower right. It’s also verso marked “August 20, 1939” (sorry, no Ninas in this one; she was born much later). The lot has an estimate of $3,000-$5,000. Hirschfeld died in 2003 at age 99.





A poetry or book collector’s dream: Browning’s notebook

A poetry or book Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s (Br., 1806-1861) notebook from 1835-1837, with drafts for every poem featured in her first significant collection of poetry (1838). (photo courtesy Bonhams)

On Thursday, March 9th, Bonhams in New York will be offering a dream for serious collectors of books and poetry. It’s Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s (Br., 1806-1861) notebook from 1835-1837, with drafts for every poem featured in her first significant collection of poetry titled The Seraphim and Other Poems, published in 1838. The notebook, estimated to bring $400,000-$600,000, reveals Browning’s journey from Romantic poet to Progressive political voice. Her liberal stances on slavery and child labor resonated with readers throughout Britain and the U.S.

The significant collection of drafts includes extensive additions, deletions and emendations. She often referred to the Greek tragedies and spoke to her early Christian sentiments, which she described as “not the deep persuasion of the mild Christian but the wild visions of the enthusiast.” In her later works, Browning revealed her long-held political beliefs, speaking against slavery (her father owned a slave-run plantation in Jamaica), child labor and the paternal bidding to control women. Bonhams’ Fine Books & Manuscripts Sale begins promptly at 10:30 am Eastern time.





It’s about time! Major pocket watch collection will be sold over 3 auctions

It's about time This Union Pacific railroad pocket watch is one of hundreds of pocket watches from a Chicago collector that’s being sold across three auctions. (photo courtesy Direct Auction Galleries)

A huge collection of estate pocket watches from a Chicago collector is being liquidated in three successive auctions at Direct Auction Galleries in Chicago – on Feb. 21st, March 7th, and March 21st. “This is an extensive collection from an avid collector,” said John Modica of Direct Auction Galleries. “Most watches are from the 1890s to the 1940s. Each auction features about 250 pocket watches.” In the Feb 21st auction there were several 14K watches, and some with 21 and 23-jewel movements, plus signed Tiffany and Omega, plus Hamilton, Illinois and Elgin.

The pocket watch pictured here is a Union Pacific railroad watch. Initially, each railroad had its own requirements to meet on-time standards. Different railroads accepted different watches. Then, in 1885, a standard was set by the Standard Time Convention that’s still in use today. In the 1890s, 18-size, 17-jewel pocket watches dominated sales for railroad service. By 1900, new, smaller model "16-size" pocket watches began to appear in significant quantities. By the mid-1920's production of 18-size railroad grade movements had pretty much been phased out.