Early Spring Pop Culture And Collectibles Sale To Include Comic Books, Music And Sports Memorabilia, Posters, And Trading Cards

Large Grouping Of Beatles Memorabilia In March 30 Auction

March 17, 2023

Potter & Potter Auctions is pleased to announce a nearly 700-lot sale to be held on Thursday, March 30, starting at 10 a.m. This auction will be held live at Potter & Potter's gallery, located at 5001 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago, as well as live streamed at www.potterauctions.com. Phone and absentee bids are welcome.
Eye-catching posters promoting key musicians and musical acts from the 1960s take several of the expected top lot slots in this breathtaking sale. “Bob Dylan at Philharmonic Hall Only New York Concert Appearance on Saturday, October 31st at 8:30” is estimated at $7,000-$10,000. This first printing poster, one of the earliest concert posters in his career, was produced for one of the musician's most important shows in his early career, signaling a transition from war protest music to a more personal sound.
Ephemera with ties to the Beatles is also expected to take the spotlight in this auction. Many examples are from the collection of concert organizer and the former director of marketing and promotions for VH1, Bo Overlock. A complete set of four life-size posters of “The Beatles” is estimated at $1,000-$2,000. They were published in London by Fan Foto around 1963. These rare unbacked posters are based on images taken from The Beatles’ appearance on ABC-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show. A signed photo of John Lennon is estimated at $1,000-$2,000. This black and white image from the 1960s is inscribed by Lennon near the lower left corner: “To Joanna from John Lennon.”
Props from some of the world's most celebrated films will also headline this sale. A waist belt worn by Ian Keith as Rameses I in “The Ten Commandments” is estimated at $2,500-$3,500. This belt, worn in the classic movie directed by Cecil B. DeMille in 1956, is decorated with an Egyptian gold medallion. It is framed in a shadowbox with six scenes from the film showing the belt. Auntie Em's coffeepot from MGM's 1939 “The Wizard of Oz” is estimated at $6,000-$8,000. This screen-used gray enamel coffeepot has a hinged lid and was seen in the twister black-and-white sequences in the classic film. The pot is visible when Dorothy runs through the kitchen searching for her family while the tornado is approaching. It was originally purchased from the 1970 MGM movie prop auction.
Now let's focus on this event's robust selections of decade-spanning comic books. There are 16 issues of “The Amazing Spider-Man,” estimated at $2,000-$3,000. This Silver Age Marvel Comics Group collection from 1966-67 is ungraded and includes numbers 39-48 and 50-56. One lot of “The Amazing Spider-Man” Volume I Nos. 2-10 is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. This Marvel Comics collection from ca. 1963-64 is ungraded, bagged, and boarded. They were written by Stan Lee and feature art by John Duffy and Steve Ditko. This series includes the first appearances of the Vulture, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Doctor Doom, The Lizard, and Electro.
This can't-miss event rounds out with intriguing selections of pop culture ephemera, sports collectibles, Disneyana, and other cross-category finds, including a complete collection of all 20 commemorative James Bond-themed Swatch watches in their aluminum collector's briefcase. The grouping is estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Included are all the original boxes for each watch and the original collection brochure. All watches are unworn, retain their original protective face plastic, and are battery-free.
"There are a number of individually strong sections in this sale: music, comics, cards, movies, James Bond, Beatles, and others. Our idea was to present a panorama of material, and collectors may end up interested in something unexpected," said Joseph Slabaugh, director of cataloging for Potter & Potter Auctions.
To learn more, visit www.potterauctions.com.


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