Auction of the Week: Hake's Americana sale, March 13, 2019



2019-02-26 14:55:35

This week's auction is the Hake's Americana sale on March 13 – 14, featuring a wealth of pop culture collectibles and political memorabilia. From campaign buttons to comic books, Star Wars toys and Civil Rights artifacts, here are 10 of our favourite lots up for grabs this month...

Bela Lugosi Fan Club button & membership card

Estimate: $400 - $700

A highly rare Bela Lugosi Fan Club button, featuring a classic image of Lugosi as Count Dracula, complete with an original membership card for the American Bela Lugosi Fan Club. Circa late 1950s.

First printing of the first Mickey Mouse book

Estimate: $2,000 - $5,000

A copy of the world's very first Mickey Mouse book produced by Disney in 1930, just two years after he made his debut in Steamboat Willie in 1928.

This highly rare first edition printing by Bibo & Lang includes cartoon strips, songs, a board game and a Mickey Mouse story of how he met Walt Disney and got his name.

Four editions of the book were printed, but only the first featured the original lyrics to the song which were subsequently changed in later copies:

"When Little Minnie's Pursued By A Big Bad Villain, We Feel So Bad And We're Glad When You Up And Kill Him."

NAACP early Civil Rights anti-lynching broadside

Estimate: $2,000 - $5,000

An original anti-lynching broadside printed in New York by the NAACP, circa 1922.

This powerful broadside features the startling headline "Do You Know That The United States Is the Only Land On Earth Where Human Beings Are Burned At The Stake?"

It also includes damning statistics on the number of historic lynchings in the United States between 1889 and 1922, and was produced to advance efforts to pass legislation making lynching illegal.

Dr. Evil Lab Kit play set

Estimate: $2,000 - $5,000

An original 1968 Ideal Dr Evil lab kit toy, featuring the arch enemy of the popular action figure Captain Action.

The deluxe boxed set contains a Dr Evil action figure, a lab coat, two disguise masks, and sinister accessories including a 'Laser Gun', 'Reducer', a 'Thought Sensor' helmet, a 'Dessicator' and a 'Hypnotic Eye'.

Fantastic Four #1 signed by Stan Lee

Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000

A copy of Fantastic Four #1, the comic book which introduced Marvel's first superhero team to the world in November 1961.

As well as being one of the most important of all key Silver Age comic books, this example is also been signed by the very man who created it – the iconic comic book pioneer and Marvel head honcho Stan Lee, who passed away in November 2018.

JFK campaign staff election night button

Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000

A rare button worn John F. Kennedy's staff members on his historic election night in November 1960.

The button allowed entry to the Kennedy family's Hyannis Port compound in Massachusetts where the campaign was based, and originates from the archive of Kennedy's former secretary Helen Lempart.

Described as "ne of the rarest and most sought after of all Captain Action items".

1915 Cracker Jack 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson baseball card

Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000

A 1915 Cracker Jack card featuring baseball legend 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson.

Jackson was forced to retire from the game in 1920 following his alleged involvement in the 'Black Sox' match fixing scandal, although he always maintained his innocence.

Although he remains barred from the Baseball Hall of Fame almost 100 years on, Jackson is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport.

Star Wars Cantina Adventure play set

Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000

A 'Star Wars Cantina Adventure Set', sold exclusively through Sears stores in 1978 following the release of the first Star Wars movie in 1977.

The set included four action figures of Greedo, Hammerhead, Snaggle Tooth (Blue Snaggletooth) and Walrus Man, along with a cardboard backdrop depicting the Mos Eisley spaceport cantina.

The set is graded AFA 80 NM, and originates from the renowned Russell Branton Collection of vintage Star Wars toys.

New Mutants #98 original comic book art by Rob Liefeld

Estimate: $20,000 - $35,000

A page of original Rob Liefeld comic book artwork from New Mutants Vol. 1 #98, published in February 1991.

The issue featured the first appearance of the sarcastic, fourth wall-breaking assassin Deadpool, who went on to become one of Marvel's most popular characters and recently starred in two blockbuster Hollywood movies.

The artwork, which also features Cable, Cannonball, Sunspot, Boom-Boom and Domino, has remained in the same private collection since the issue was published 18 years ago.

Important and rare Abram Lincoln 1860 Presidential campaign parade flag

Estimate: $20,000 - $35,000

A rare and important flag from Abraham Lincoln's 1860 U.S Presidential campaign.

Although there were just 33 U.S states in 1860, the flag depicts 35 stars, and was likely produced under the assumption that both Kansas and Nebraska would soon join the Union.

The flag is offered publically for the first time in its history, having originally passed down through generations of a Connecticut family, before spending the past 50 years in private hands.

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