Guyette & Schmidt close ’07 with $3M sale

EASTON, Md. – Guyette & Schmidt, Inc. conducted its annual fall decoy auction, Nov. 7-8. P04 1-16.jpgThe sale grossed $3 million with 59 lots selling for more than $10,000, and four lots selling for more than $100,000.

A rare pair of hooded mergansers by Ira Hudson sold over estimate at $103,500.

Top lot in the sale was a hooded merganser drake by Lloyd Tyler of Crisfield, Maryland. It sold for $170,000, which was around eight times its presale estimate, and an auction record for a Maryland decoy. The top Canadian decoy in the sale was a Canada goose by Tom Chambers at $46,000.

P05 1-16.jpgThe auction was accompanied by a 55 table decoy show with decoy dealers from all over the US exhibiting as well as a decoy buy, sell and swap in the parking lot.

A classic 1936 model blackduck by the Ward Brothers sold over estimate at $57,500.

Guyette & Schmidt, Inc.’s next decoy auction will be held Jan. 18 at Christie’s in New York. The auction will be held as a joint effort with Christie’s.

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A rare flying pintail weathervane by Elmer Crowell sold for $63,250.