Decoys skyrocket at January auctions

NEW YORK CITY – On Jan. 18, Christie’s (New York) and Guyette & Schmidt, Inc. (St. Michaels, Md.) combined forces to sell around 70 decoys within Christie’s sale of Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Prints, and Decoys. christies 3 AT 3-12.jpgA number of decoy world auction records were established at the sale.

This mallard drake, circa 1910, from Burlington, Iowa, sold for $15,250 at an auction in New York City.

A Canada goose, circa 1870, by Nathan Cobb, Jr. (Cobb Island, Va.) sold for $457,000, a new auction record for a Virginia decoy. christies 1 AT 3-12.jpgThe goose was formerly in the collection of pioneer folk art collector Adele Earnest and was featured in both of her books.

This Nathan Cobb, Jr. Canada goose sold for a record price of $457,000 at the Guyette & Schmidt, Inc./Christie’s auction.

A 1928 model widgeon by the Ward Brothers (Crisfield, Md.) sold for $133,000, a new auction record for a Ward Brothers decoy. A world auction record was established for an Iowa decoy when an oversized mallard drake from Burlington sold for $15,250.

christies 2 AT 3-12.jpg$133,000 was the final price paid for a Ward Brothers decoy in a New York City auction.

Both companies plan to auction decoys together in January 2009.

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