Mike Zeck’s original comic artwork from Capt. America #265 at Hake’s, July 11-13

Mike Zeck's original comic artwork Mike Zeck’s original cover art from Captain America #265 (shown), will be followed by his original art for all 21 interior story pages. (photo courtesy Hake’s Americana)

In the second of three online auctions designed to commemorate Hake’s Americana’s 50th year, the Pennsylvania-based pop culture specialists will host a July 11-13 event focused on rare comic books and original comic art. Hundreds of comic books will be offered, most of them either CGC or CBCS-graded and with price points to please all pocketbooks. A tantalizing lot is the copy of DC Comics’ All Star Comics #8, featuring the first appearance of Wonder Woman (est. $20,000-$35,000). Not only is this a key Golden Age comic, but Wonder Woman is a hot topic right now; the film has generated huge box office.

Also, lots 1412-1433 consist of Mike Zeck’s original cover art from Captain America #265 (shown), followed by his original art for all of the 21 interior story pages. Mike Zeck is a respected comic book artist who has worked for both Marvel and DC Comics. For the cover of Captain America #265 (Jan. 1982), Zeck created an action-packed scene that includes not only the title character, but also Spider-Man, Nick Fury, the villainous Sultan and others. The cover art is estimated at $20,000-$35,000, while estimates vary for the 21 interior story pages. The auction will be held online-only, with no live bidding.

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The gold belt buckle to end all gold belt buckles, at Holabird’s July 8-10 auction

The gold belt buckle This spectacular gold nugget belt buckle is adorned with two US $10 gold coins (1893, 1881) and one US $20 gold coin (1904). (photo courtesy Holabird Western Americana)

“Your own personal Fort Knox” is how Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC describes Lot #1327 in its upcoming three-day auction July 8-10, online and at the firm’s gallery in Reno, Nevada. And that’s no exaggeration. The spectacular gold nugget belt buckle (pictured here), adorned with two US $10 gold coins (1893, 1881) and one US $20 gold coin (1904), plus surrounded by dozens of gold nuggets (weighing an estimated total of 2-3 ounces), is five inches long, 2 ¼ inches tall and 1 ¾ inches wide. It carries a starting bid of $2,500, conservative when one considers it could fetch $5,000 or more melted down.

The belt buckle is just one lot in a 1,998-lot monster, with antiques and collectibles in many categories. July 8th will feature saloon, cigar and tobacco; bottles and insulators; gaming; numismatics; coins and Western belt buckles (including the one here); railroad and express lots; philatelic and postal history; and tokens. July 9th will feature mining collectibles, to include mine lighting devices, mine signs, explosives, assay, mining artifacts and ephemera sorted by city and state. July 10th will feature Native American and Western art, taxidermy and general Americana, including dealer specials and items sorted by city and state.

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Portrait painting of George Washington will headline Morphy’s July 22nd auction

Portrait painting of George Washington This framed portrait painting of George Washington by Edward Savage (Am., 1761-1817), is expected to hammer for $75,000-$150,000. (photo courtesy Morphy Auctions)

Morphy Auctions’ upcoming Fine & Decorative Arts Sale on Saturday, July 22nd, will be brimming with over 800 lots of world-class paintings, sculptures, glass, lamps, pottery, jewelry and other antiques, but the category that could end up commanding the strongest bidder interest is the significant collection of U.S. presidential material, including busts, seals and statues. The group will feature a bronze bust of George Washington (est. $1,000-$2,000); a bronze and stone bust of Theodore Roosevelt (est. $800-$1,500); and 28 presidential portrait miniatures that will be offered as one lot, with an estimate of $5,000-$15,000.

But the lot with by far the highest estimate is #151, a framed portrait painting of George Washington by Edward Savage (1761-1817), expected to realize $75,000-$150,000. Edward Savage was born and died in Princeton, Mass., and made his living as a portrait painter, engraver and goldsmith. He was untrained as an artist but came into prominence in 1790 through his first portrait of Washington, which he intended as a gift to Harvard University. Savage’s most famous painting is his large portrait group of the George Washington family, which took seven years to complete. The auction will be held online and in Denver, Pa.

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Jeffrey S. Evans’ second annual Textiles & Sewing Auction, July 15th

Jeffrey S. Evans Dresses made by the 20th century New York fashion designer Norman Norell will be offered at Jeffrey S. Evans’ July 15th auction. (photo courtesy Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates)

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates’ inaugural Textiles & Sewing Auction held last year was such a success the company has announced a second annual event, slated for Saturday, July 15th, online and at the firm’s gallery in Mt. Crawford, Virginia. Offerings will include 19th and 20th century quilts, Shenandoah Valley overshot coverlets, Pennsylvania and New York jacquard coverlets, homespun blankets and other bedcovers, 18th and 19th century samplers, spinning and weaving implements (including wool wheels, flax wheels, tape looms and more), Victorian and designer clothing, sewing tools, thimbles, buttons and more.

The vintage clothing will feature examples by mid-20th century designer Norman Norell, to include the dresses shown here. Norell worked as a designer in New York from 1922 until his death in 1972. His best known creations are from the 1940s-1960s. The dresses in the sale were consigned by the relative of a former model for Norell. Also in the auction will be over 50 19th century show towels from the Allentown Art Museum. Show towels were used by young, often Pennsylvania German women, to practice their sewing skills, create a decorative item to display in the household, or provide as a wedding gift for a new bride.

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Antiques and art from the estate of George ‘Frolic’ Weymouth, July 14th

HyperFocal: 0 On Friday, July 14th, Pook & Pook, Inc. will offer antiques and art from the estate of the artist George ‘Frolic’ Weymouth in Downingtown, Pa. (photo courtesy Pook & Pook, Inc.)

George “Frolic” Weymouth was a skilled artist, a dedicated philanthropist and a lifelong conservationist, and a source of good humor to those who knew him. Weymouth passed away in 2016 and Pook & Pook, Inc. will present a special summer auction on Friday evening, July 14th, featuring antiques and art removed from the period home on his farm, Big Bend, in Chadds Ford, Pa., and will follow a reception at Pook & Pook’s Downingtown, Pa. gallery. Mr. Weymouth spent most of his life in the Brandywine Valley. He founded both the innovative Brandywine Conservancy and the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Weymouth’s artwork was created over a 6-decade career and includes several celebrated portraits, landscapes and flower studies, many of which reside in the collections of top American museums.  Frolic studied the use of egg tempera with good friend and neighbor Andrew Wyeth. He maintained a close connection with the Wyeth family, reportedly hiding Wyeth’s infamous paintings of neighbor Helga Testorf for years before they became public. The artist Jamie Wyeth, writing in the Brandywine Conservancy’s obituary for Weymouth, described him as “an immensely talented artist” and “truly a force of nature.”

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