Estate of rare book dealer Estelle Chessid presented at La Belle Epoque April 6

'Fantastic Four' animation storyboards attributed to Howard Swift for Hanna-Barbera productions, estimated at $500-$1,000 at La Belle Epoque.

NEW YORK — Books and works on paper from the collection of the late Estelle Chessid, a fondly remembered member of the Manhattan rare book dealing community, will be presented at La Belle Epoque on Saturday, April 6. A talented pianist who studied at Hunter College, she became a book dealer in the 1970s and traded for more than three decades before spending her final years creating art in her Upper West Side abode.

A broad cross section of material is offered in close to 150 lots ranging from 18th-century literature to modern private press works. A highlight is a group of 13 near mint Cheloniidae Press editions illustrated by Massachusetts artist Alan James Robinson. These deluxe suites of engravings and etchings produced by the celebrated master printer Harold P. McGrath (1921-2000) include The Raven from an edition of 225 copies issued in 1980, and A Fowl Alphabet, with 26 wood engravings issued in 1988. Both are estimated at $1,000-$2,000 apiece.

Among the modern firsts is a copy of How to Raise Your IQ by Eating Gifted Children, a compilation of short essays written by renowned satirist Lewis Burke Frumkes. The 1983 McGraw-Hill Book Company first edition is a rarity in its dust jacket, with this copy signed by the author ‘To a gifted (Yum!) friend, Best wishes, Lewis B Frumkes’. It is estimated at $800-$1,200.

Alongside books, Estelle Chessid was a collector of Hanna-Barbera production animation storyboards from the 1960s and 1970s. Offered with an estimate of $500-$1,000 are 43 pages of Fantastic Four storyboards, including the opening credits for the show. They are probably the work of Howard Swift (1912-1983), who began his career working with Disney in the 1930s and 1940s but was story director at Hanna-Barbera from 1966-1981.

The nostalgia-tinged Hanna-Barbera show Abbott & Costello, featuring the famous comedy duo in their later years, ran for 39 episodes from between 1965-1967. Estimated at $300-$600 is a lot comprising the storyboards from seven of those episodes, each featuring four five-minute cartoons, plus two scripts for the episodes titled The Vikings and Going Buggy.

Comic books, pop culture, fashion and art join forces in Jan. 28 auction

The ‘Great Wall of Comics’ displayed at Urban Culture Auctions, a division of Palm Beach Modern Auctions. Photo credit: PBMA Staff

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. – On Saturday, January 28, Urban Culture Auctions, a division of parent company Palm Beach Modern Auctions (PBMA), will offer bidders 90 lots of prized comic books, including many key issues. Key issues – those featuring character debuts and major narrative moments – are especially sought after by collectors and can command significant prices compared to others in the same series.

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Complete 1993 Magic: the Gathering Beta set commands $120K at Weiss

Detail from a complete Magic: The Gathering Beta card set from 1993, $120,000
 Complete Magic: The Gathering Beta card set from 1993, $120,000

Complete Magic: The Gathering Beta card set from 1993, $120,000

LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A complete Magic: The Gathering Beta card set from 1993, just the second set for MTG, with a print run of 3,200 cards, sold for a staggering $120,000 in an online-only Comics, Comic Art, MTG Booster Boxes & More auction held October 19 by Weiss Auctions.

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Comic book bonanza awaits at Bruneau, May 21

Copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9 (July 1940), graded CGC 4.0, est. $30,000-$50,000
Copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9 (July 1940), graded CGC 4.0, est. $30,000-$50,000
Copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9 (July 1940), graded CGC 4.0, est. $30,000-$50,000

CRANSTON, R.I. – A copy of Timely Comics Marvel Mystery Comics #9 from July 1940 and a Madame puppet created and used by entertainer Wayland Flowers in the late 1970s or early 1980s will headline a Spring Comic, Toy & Sports Auction on Saturday, May 21, conducted by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Stephenson’s April 22 auction a showcase for superheroes, pop culture icons

Group-lot of six Silver Age ‘Fantastic Four’ comic books published in 1966, ’67 and ‘68, est. $300-$500

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – On Friday, April 22nd, superheroes and comic-character favorites will converge on Stephenson’s auction gallery in suburban Philadelphia for an exciting 302-lot sale of collectibles, memorabilia, comic books and posters. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Bruneau Jan. 1 auction features 20 lots of Silver & Bronze Age comics

Tales of Suspense #39, featuring the first appearance of Iron Man, est. $50,000-$80,000
Tales of Suspense #39, featuring the first appearance of Iron Man, est. $50,000-$80,000
Tales of Suspense #39, featuring the first appearance of Iron Man, est. $50,000-$80,000

CRANSTON, R.I. – Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers will ring in 2022 with a 20-lot New Year’s Day Premier Comic Auction on Saturday, January 1. It’s a modest group of comics, but don’t let the size of the lineup fool you. These books are from a single-owner Midwest collection (Bruneau & Co. sold the bulk of them this past year); what remains are his last, final comics, to be sold without reserves. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Fantastic Four, Pokemon enliven Bruneau’s Sept. 25 auction

Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four #1, est. $15,000-$20,000
Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four #1, est. $15,000-$20,000
Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four #1, est. $15,000-$20,000

CRANSTON, R.I. – Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ Comic, TCG & Toy auction slated for Saturday, September 25, is shaping up as one of the firm’s best ones yet. It’s bursting with more than 450 lots of Pop Culture treasures, pulled from prominent collections across the United States. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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