Chess legends and the Beatles: something for everyone at Philip Weiss Auctions

Philip Weiss Auctions will host a massive three-day multi-estate sale April 1-3 in its spacious gallery located at #1 Neil Court in Oceanside, N.Y. Hundreds of quality lots will cross the block.

No sooner had Philip Weiss Auctions closed the books on a huge weekend multi-estate sale March 4-6 than one just as big was being planned for a month later. The firm will host a massive three-day event April 1-3 at its spacious gallery facility, located at #1 Neil Court in Oceanside. Hundreds of quality, fresh-to-the-market lots will cross the block.

The action will kick off at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 1, with an evening sale dedicated to postcards, paper, autographs and rock 'n' roll memorabilia. The following day - Saturday, April 2, starting at 10 a.m. - the spotlight will shine on folk art, Native American items and militaria. The Sunday session will feature stamps, coins, transportation, aviation, automotive and maritime.

Online bidding will be available. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

Friday, April 1, will be dominated by postcards and rock 'n' roll. The postcards will include the sale of the Charlie and Nellie Huttunen collection - over 270 quality lots, comprising thousands of real photo cards, with an emphasis on Long Island, aviation, the logging industry, holidays and more. Also sold will be cards from various estates, all of them fresh-to-the-market.

Fischer Spassky chess set
Fischer Spassky chess set

The rock 'n' roll items will feature great Beatles memorabilia, to be sold as individual lots. Included will be a rare Super 8 film of the Beatles in concert in Johanneshovs Isstadion in Stockholm, Sweden, taken July 28, 1964, with the original program; a numbered edition copy of the iconic White Album (#2938) and a rare first pressing of the Magical Mystery Tour double EP.

Other rock 'n' roll pieces will include a 1968 Miami Pop Festival concert poster starring Jimi Hendrix; a 1966 Wilson Pickett cardboard concert poster; a 1966 Otis Redding cardboard concert poster; a scarce 'TCB' child's necklace that was given away by Elvis Presley; a grouping of performance contracts signed by Presley; some vintage rock 'n' roll handbills and other items.

The Saturday session, April 2, will feature two Cigar Store Indians. The first, attributed to Samuel Robb, circa1900, stands six feet tall and is hand-carved and painted. The other, named "Chief Poke in the Nose" (circa 1890s), once stood guard at the Schweizer Sporting Goods & Cigar Store in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. It stands over seven feet tall and is hand-carved and painted.

Also offered on Saturday will be the very chess set used by Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in their legendary 1972 championship match in Reykjavik, Iceland. The set is signed by both men. It had been given in 1972 to the president of the Icelandic Chess Federation.

Also sold will be love letters written by Mr. Fischer, a genius and notorious recluse. He died in 2008.

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