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Von Braun-signed NASA photo rockets beyond $14K at Weiss

NASA photo signed and inscribed by Dr. Wernher Von Braun, $14,400
NASA photo signed and inscribed by Dr. Wernher Von Braun, $14,400

LYNBROOK, N.Y. – Weiss Auctions welcomed 2022 with a two-day, two-session sale on January 26 and 27, with many lots exceeding their high estimates. A NASA photo signed by German-born American engineer Dr. Wernher Von Braun sold for $14,400, and a collection of 1916-1930 Standing Liberty quarters soared to $161,000.

The Von Braun-signed NASA photo had a conservative pre-sale estimate of $400-$600, but bidders fought fiercely for the image, which showed a view of the Earth from the Apollo 8 spacecraft in orbit around the moon. It was inscribed, “To Dr. Herbert Friedman with highest regards, Wernher Von Braun.” The photo was the top lot of Day 1.

Collection of 1916-1930 Standing Liberty quarters, $161,000
Collection of 1916-1930 Standing Liberty quarters, $161,000

The collection of 1916-1930 Standing Liberty quarters, which was missing only the 1927-S quarter, was expected to bring six figures and it did not disappoint. It bested the $120,000 high estimate by $40,000 and was the auction’s overall top lot.

Group of 15 Russian military medals, $11,500
Group of 15 Russian military medals, $11,500

Another Day 1 lot that stormed past its pre-sale estimate (of $100-$200) was a group of 15 Russian military medals sold on behalf of the New York County Public Administrators Office, from the estate of Rene Fuss. Eagle-eyed bidders and collectors pounced, driving the group to a final price of $11,500.

Circa-1570 close helmet, $9,300
Circa-1570 close helmet, $9,300

A circa-1570 close helmet turned in a strong performance, selling for $9,300. These fully enclosing helmets typically feature a pivoting visor, and were used by pistol-armed cuirassiers into the middle of the 17th century.

Archive of material pertaining to the American actress Lillian Gish, $6,325
Archive of material pertaining to the American actress Lillian Gish, $6,325

An archive of material pertaining to legendary American actress Lillian Gish changed hands for $6,325. Included were expired passports, invitations and letters written from luminaries such as John Gielgud, Roddy McDowell, Patricia Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Audrey Hepburn, Eva Marie Saint and Sir Alec Guinness.

Album filled with MNH (mint, never hinged) United States stamps from 1855-1959, $15,500
Album filled with MNH (mint, never hinged) United States stamps from 1855-1959, $15,500

Day 2’s runner-up top lot to the Standing Liberty quarters collection was a stamp album filled with MNH (mint, never hinged) United States stamps from the years 1855-1959. The album, from the South Bay collection, went for $15,500 against an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.

Lot of five Morgan silver dollars, $8,475
Lot of five Morgan silver dollars, $8,475

A lot of five Morgan silver dollars, all from the Carson City, Nevada Mint and dated 1881-1885, each graded MS66, sold for $8,475 against an estimate of $4,000-$6,000. Morgan silver dollars were minted from 1878-1904; in 1921; and also in 2021. The coin was named after its designer, George T. Morgan.

To consign an item, estate or a collection to Weiss Auctions, you may call 516-594-0731 or email Philip Weiss at Phil@WeissAuctions.com.

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