Waterfowl art and noted collections offered in Guyette & Schmidt November auction


EASTON, Md.—Guyette and Schmidt, Inc. will hold their 23rd annual fall decoy auction Nov. 11-12, 2009. There will be a preview each morning before the auction as well as an additional preview on Nov. 10 from 6-8 p.m. The sale, which has a projected gross of $1.7 million, will be held at the Talbot County Community Center, on Route 50 in Easton, Md.

Over 600 decoys and related items will be sold with prices ranging from $500 to $100,000. A decoy buy, sell, and swap meet will be held in the parking lot, with an additional 50 tables of decoy exhibitors inside the hall. The auction will be held in conjunction with the country’s premier decoy show, the Easton Waterfowl Festival. More information on the Waterfowl Festival is available at 410-822-4567.

This year’s sale will feature decoys from the collections of Gene and Linda Kangas, Ray Steelman, and Wilbur Brown Jr., as well as others. In addition to hunting decoys, the auction will include waterfowl related flat art. Included in the sale is a good selection of decoys by world famous carver Elmer Crowell of Cape Cod and the Ward Brothers of Crisfield, Md. Also a large selection of decoys from Virginia, New Jersey, and the Pacific Coast will be in the sale. Most notably, the finest selection of North Carolina decoys since the collection of Jim Lewis Jr. was sold by Guyette & Schmidt, Inc. in 1997 will be offered this auction.

A fully illustrated color catalog with guaranteed descriptions is available for $36 (price includes postage and post sale price key). A free auction brochure is also available. The firm welcomes phone and absentee bidding. Either may be obtained by contacting Guyette and Schmidt, Inc., PO Box 1170, St. Michaels, MD 21663, or by calling 410-745-0485, fax 410-745-0487, www.guyetteandschmidt.com. Online bidding will also be available for this auction through ArtFact.com; visit the upcoming auctions page at www.artfact.com for more information and registering.

Guyette and Schmidt, Inc. is the world’s largest decoy auction firm. They hold three decoy auctions per year in different locations across the United States and have sold over $119 million in decoys at auction and many millions more in private sales. In January 2007, Guyette and Schmidt, Inc., in conjunction with Christies, sold a Lothrop Holmes red-breasted merganser for $856,000, a record price for any decoy sold at auction. Guyette and Schmidt Inc.’s next decoy sale will be held April 22-23 in St. Charles, Ill.

For more information, visit www.guyetteandschmidt.com.

Photos courtesy Guyette & Schmidt.

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