Economic slowdown ignored by big bids at Cyr, Jan. 9

GRAY, Maine – Bidders from all over the United States, two provinces in Canada, and Paris converged at Cyr Auction Gallery, Jan. 9, for the firm’s Americana Auction. The sale featured 18th and 19th century American furniture, fine art, quilts, folk art, stoneware, weathervanes, samplers, rugs and books.

Kennebunk Tall Clock AT 2-13.jpgA unique, 19th century, well-preserved and researched Maine album quilt quickly sold for $2,875 to a phone bidder, followed by an autograph/sketch album from Fryeburg, Maine that spanned the years 1847-1914 and included signed and dated sketches by prominent American artists John Frederick Kensett, John William Casliear, and Benjamin Champney. The album, which also included autographs from well-known abolitionists, suffragettes, and New England politicians, sold for a solid $8,625 – well over the $6,000 pre-auction estimate.

This rare 19th century Tall Clock, made by Joshua Tolford of Kennebunk, Maine, left Cyr’s Jan. 9 sale at $23,000, including buyer’s premium.

The fast start to the auction climbed even higher when Lot #6, a rare 19th-century Tall Clock by Kennebunk/Portland maker Joshua Tolford sold for $23,000, including buyer’s premium.

When the two-session, 1000-lot auction was over, the sales total was nearly twice what Cyr had anticipated and more than 200 bidders had purchased.  In addition to the buyers mentioned from Canada and France, people from 22 states were involved in sales.

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