Auction of the Week: Hake's Americana November 2018 sale
Our featured sale this week comes from Hake's Americana, which runs online until November 13-15. The auction is packed with a treasure trove of vintage advertising, toys, political memorabilia, rare posters, movie props and everything in-between – and here are 10 of our favourite lots...
Baseball player figural candy container, circa 1900
Estimate: $700 to $1,000
This German-made figural candy container in the form of a baseball player dates from the turn of the 20th century. Despite being 118 years old it remains in remarkable condition, and retains its cloth outfit and the ball in the player's hand.
1940 political pin featuring an early Alfred E. Neuman lookalike
Estimate: $1,000 to $2,000
The face on this political campaign button may look like the MAD Magazine mascot Alfred E. Neuman – but the badge pre-dates the magazine by 16 years.
The iconic image of a red-haired kid with a missing tooth and saucer ears in fact dates back to the late 19th century, and had been used to advertise everything from painless dentistry and auto parts to mince meat and amateur dramatics.
In 1940 he turned up on this highly sought-after pin as I.M.A Simp, the name of a foolish character which had appeared in cartoon strips and short films since 1915.
The pin was produced in opposition to Franklin D Roosevelt's New Deal by Republican businessman Wendell Willkie, his opponent in the 1940 Presidential election.
Huge Reddy Kilowatt figural floor display
Estimate: $2,000 to $5,000
This vintage 1950s advertising figure depicts Reddy Kilowatt, the cartoon mascot for electricity generation in the U.S.
The character first made his appearance in 1926, in an advertisement for the Alabama Power Company, and his creator Ashton B. Collins, Sr. later licensed him to utility companies in North America, the Caribbean, South America, Australia, Africa, and Asia.
The character fell out of use by most companies in the 1970s, and was finally retired for good in 2000. Today Reddy Kilowatt memorabilia is highly popular with vintage advertising collectors, due to the wide variety of items produced across 75 years.
Action Comics Supermen Of America 1940 prize ring
Estimate: $5,000 to $10,000
This vintage Supermen of America ring was given as a prize to readers of Action Comics in 1940. The competition was open to members of the Superman fan club, who entered by writing letters entitled "What I Would Do If I Had The Powers Of Superman."
Just 20 examples of prize rings from the competition are known to exist to this day.
This superbly preserved ring, complete with most of its original paint, has remained in the collection of its original owner for over 75 years and is completely fresh to the market.
World War I Uncle Sam "I Want You For U.S. Army" recruitment poster
$5,000 to $10,000
Here's an original copy of the most famous poster, and one of the most iconic images, in American history: the WWI U.S Army recruitment poster by James Montgomery Flagg.
Flagg painted the image in 1917, and based the image of Uncle Sam on himself to save money on hiring a model (simply adding the white hair and a beard).
The poster proved so successful that it was used again for military recruitment during WWII, and Flagg's depiction of Uncle Sam became the definitive version in U.S popular culture.
Shelby bicycle store display with original Donald Duck rider figure
Estimate: $5,000 to $10,000
This incredibly rare vintage store display was made in 1949 by the Shelby Cycle Company of Ohio, to advertise its range of Donald Duck bicycles.
The bikes, which came in both boy's and girl's models, were only available for a single year and are now considered highly collectible.
This display features a boy's model bicycle, complete with a large original Donald Duck figure designed to pedal the bike and move its eyes when powered by a small motor.
This complete display is the first Hake's has come across in its 51-year history, and is a truly rare piece for collectors of cycling memorabilia and Disneyana alike.
Rare 1955 Bill Haley and his Comets boxing-style concert poster
Estimate: $5,000 to $10,000
This highly rare boxing-style poster features rock and roll icon Bill Haley and his Comets, also billed as "The Shake Rattle And Roll Boys", as they hovered on the cusp on international stardom.
The band were performing in the small town of Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania on May 22, 1955, just eight days after the release of Haley's classic anthem Rock Around The Clock.
A few weeks later on July 9 it became the first rock and roll song to top the Billboard charts, and on August 7 the group performed the song on the Ed Sullivan Show, as rock and roll entered the mainstream and changed popular culture forever.
According to the auction house, just two copies of this poster are believed to exist.
Star Wars: Droids Vlix action figure
Estimate: $35,000 to $50,000
The character of Vlix originally appeared in the short-lived Star Wars cartoon series Droids, which only ran for 14 episodes in 1985.
A range of toys were produced by Kenner, but was eventually pulled from stores due to the waning popularity if Star Wars in the late 1980s.
In 1987 the Brazilian toy company Glasslite acquired Kenner's remaining stock and sold it off, along with producing a small number of new figures using the original toy molds.
One of those figures was Vlix, which had never been commercially released in the U.S, and was thus only ever sold in highly limited numbers in Brazil after the show had been cancelled.
Today the Vlix figure is regarded by collectors as the rarest Star Wars figure ever sold in toy stores, with less than 30 carded examples believed to exist.
The Mummy's Hand one-sheet movie poster
Estimate: $10,000 to $20,000
In 1940 Universal released The Mummy's Hand, an indirect follow-up to the classic 1932 Boris Karloff movie, this time starring Tom Tyler behind the rotting bandages.
It was the first of four movies featuring the monstrous mummy Kharis, followed by 'The Mummy's Tomb', 'The Mummy's Ghost' and 'The Mummy's Curse'.
Unlike many of Universal's classic horror movies of the 1930s and 40s, The Mummy's hand was never re-released and so no further posters were issued for the film.
This original 1940 one-sheet is therefore a rarity amongst horror movies of the era, and is the first example ever offered for sale by Hake's Americana.
Screen-used Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II prop ghost trap
Estimate: $50,000 to $75,000
This prop ghost trap was used on-screen in both the classic supernatural comedy Ghostbusters (1984) and its sequel Ghostbusters II (1989).
The trap was one of four built for the original production by the Academy Award-nominated special effects artist Chuck Gaspar, and was used for special effects shots in both films.
The iconic 80s movie prop also includes its original wiring and the remote control used to open and close it during filming.
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