NEW YORK – A macabre collection that will scare bidders silly with the frightful delights is offered in an online auction being conducted by Jasper52. Items range from Gothic horror to Universal Pictures movie monsters. A Spooktacular Auction: Horrors & Nightmares will be conducted on Halloween, Wednesday, Oct. 31, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
No auction of this nature would be worth its wolfsbane without an antique casket. The one in the Jasper52 is special because it is covered entirely with a folk art acrylic painting in an antique American nautical theme by Edwin Nagel. The child-size casket (above) with viewing window is solid with original hardware. Nagel was born in Philadelphia in 1925. During World War II he served on a Navy destroyer. After the war, he attended the Tyler School of Art at Temple University where he later went on to receive his MFA. In recent years Nagel has focused on decorating large and small boxes with whaling and nautical themes. The 4-foot-long casket carries a $6,500-$8,000 estimate.
Another fine example of folk art is a 1920s whirligig inspired by the Frankenstein monster. The 8-inch-tall monster has a carved wood body in original polychrome finish and iron arms (estimate: $500-$700).
Baby boomers will recall watching The Munsters TV series, which aired on CBS from September 1964 to May 1966. The series was a satire of both traditional monster movies and the wholesome family fare of the era. A frame tray puzzle published by Whitman featuring The Munsters pictures Herman Munster behind the wheel of a Drag-u-lar drag racer along with wife Lily Munster, son Eddie, niece Marilyn and Grandpa Munster.
A limited edition Woof Woof Doll, no. 19 of 50 commissioned by Butch Patrick, who played little Eddie Munster on the show, comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by the actor. The 17½-inch-tall werewolf doll is dressed in pajamas and a plaid robe ($3,000-$3,500).
Kids from that era will also remember assembling Aurora brand plastic models, including Universal Pictures Presents Movie Monster Models. The series began in 1962 with the Frankenstein Monster followed quickly by Dracula and The Wolf Man, which were on store shelves for Halloween and Christmas that year. A complete assembled model of The Wolf Man is offered in the Jasper52 auction (estimate: $150-$200).
From the Victorian era is a finely woven human hair wreath known as a memento mori, which is Latin for “remember that you have to die.” This is the medieval Latin Christian theory and practice of reflection on mortality. To this end, the Victorians took to creating artworks from the hair of their deceased loved ones. The example offered in the auction is an extremely large and intricately woven beautiful wreath of human hair housed in a deep shadow box that is crowned with an ornately carved finial. The wreath features multicolored hair that forms a circular bouquet of flowers, each tipped with silver finished beads (estimate: $1,750-$2,000).
Also featured in the 167-lot auction is a Medieval Toulouse elongated skull ($4,500-$6,000), a framed 1817 English lunatic asylum committal document ($1,200-$1,500), a Victorian women’s beaded black cape ($300-$350) and a framed poster for a stage presentation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ($500-$600).