The finest investment-grade Star Wars collection is in Hake’s Americana’s November 16th session

HA image 1 Kenner Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi 23 Back-A, AFA 80 NM double-telescoping action figure on blister card, 1978, estimate $75,000-$100,000.

Hake’s Americana, based in York, Pennsylvania, will conclude its 50th year with the November 14th and 16th auction of rare comic books, original comic art, political items, concert posters, Disney collectibles and sports memorabilia. As is the tradition at Hake’s, the auction will open with early American political memorabilia. But after that, the sale’s undisputed headliner is the Russell Branton Star Wars collection. Branton’s extraordinary assemblage of vintage Star Wars rarities is regarded as the finest in the hobby and will be featured in the November 16th session.

HA image 2 Amazing Fantasy #15, Marvel, August 1962, CGC 7.5, first appearance of The Amazing Spider-Man, estimate $100,000+.

From the day he began collecting in 2003, Branton has focused on condition. “I wouldn’t buy anything that had a low grade. That’s why it took me ten years to complete my collection,” he said. This leads to the reason why Branton has chosen to sell: he has reached his goal of acquiring every original-trilogy character from Kenner’s 1977-1986 production line. And all are AFA graded. All three 1978 double-telescoping 12 Back carded figures – Luke Skywalker, Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi, and Darth Vader – will be offered. The collection could end up fetching $1 million. For more info, click here.

HA image 3 Stephen A. Douglas 1860 campaign portrait flag, one of three known, 8 x 13 glazed cotton, estimate $20,000-$35,000.




Something for just about everybody at MBA/Seattle Auction House, Nov. 16th

MBA image 1 Rare copy of Playboy’s inaugural issue from 1953, with Marilyn Monroe on the cover and center spread, estate fresh and in great condition (est. $1,000-$2,000).

Talk about an eclectic mix of merchandise. MBA/Seattle Auction House has got a little something for just about everybody in its Collectibles & Historical Auction set for Thursday, November 16th, online and in Renton, Washington, at 5 pm Pacific time. The sale contains lifetime collections of Silver Age comics, first issue magazines, World War II posters, Civil War memorabilia, rare books, Revolutionary War documents and letters and more. Items of interest will include a large antique Tom-Jack magician poster and three-piece Disney Sleeping Beauty animation cels.

MBA image 2 Two-piece World War II posters (“United We Are Strong Allies”), each poster 56 inches by 40 inches and both exhibiting nice strong color (est. $100-$300).

Other noteworthy lots will feature copies of Amazing Spider-Man #11 and Sgt. Fury #1; a rare copy of Playboy #1 in excellent condition; 1930s Madame Alexander and Shirley Temple dolls, still in the box; a Napoleon-signed document and an MLK-signed book; drawings by Alaskan artists Florence Malewotkuk, George Ahgapuk and Wilbur Walluk; WWII-era posters featuring Popeye, Li’l Abner, Ted Williams and Yogi Berra; a rare Matthew Brady spies photo; a Kepi hat and pouches; a Mills 10-cent upright slot machine, Art Nouveau advertising posters and more. Click here to find out more.

MBA image 3 Three-volume, leather-bound 1798 set of George Vancouver’s A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World (est. $20,000-$30,000).





Gorgeous marine renderings will set sail at Lark Mason Associates, November 16th

LMA image 1 Oil on panel painting by James Edward Buttersworth (British/American, 1817-1894), titled Volunteer (est. $40,000-$60,000).

Lark Mason Associates’ online auction currently underway on and set to end Thursday, November 16th, features British and American sporting and maritime paintings and other fine and decorative works of art from the collection of a noted motion picture producer executive. The 54-lot sale includes eight fine British, American, and Danish maritime paintings, including a finely rendered painting of the ship Volunteer by James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894), a racing scene by Elisha Taylor Baker (1827-1890), and two works by Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921).

LMA image 2 Oil on canvas from 1881 by the Danish-American marine artist Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921), titled Andes, monumental at six feet wide (est. $30,000-$50,000).

Jacobsen’s portrait of the ship Andes (1881) is six feet wide – the largest Jacobsen offered in the last three years. Sporting paintings in the sale include works by Arthur Wardle (1860-1949), Henry Chalon (1770-1849) and a painting of a horse and his trainer by Francis Sartorius the Elder (1734-1804). Also sold will be two fine portrait paintings, one by the notable artist Sir Henry Raeburn (1756-1823).  Decorative accessories include a Victorian brass hall lantern (est. $3,000-$5,000) and a Russian enameled papier-mache egg, circa 1915 (est. $4,000-$6,000). Visit For more info, click here..

LMA image 3 This watercolor by Winslow Homer is not in the auction, but it is marine-themed and will be in Lark Mason Associates’ auction starting Tuesday, November 14th and ending Dec. 5th (est. $200,000-$300,000).