Over 1,000 lots of Decoys and Sporting Art on Artfact Live! Four days of auctions, July 15 through July 19th, and over 1,000 auction lots make Artfact Live! the online destination for bidding on decoy and sporting art.
News-Antique.com - Jul 09,2009 - (Boston MA) Artfact Live! is pleased to announce four days of decoy and sporting auctions from July 15th to July 19th available for online bidding exclusively through Artfact Live! Beginning on July 15th, Copley Fine Art Auctions will host a two-day auction and lecture series in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Day One will focus on Decoys and Day Two offers paintings, works on paper and books. Following on July 18th and 19th, Guyette & Schmidt will present a two-day decoy auction in Portland, Maine. With over 1,000 lots, these sales make Artfact Live! the destination for decoy and sporting collectors worldwide. If you can’t join the live auction action in New England, visit Artfact.com, or its sister site in the UK, Invaluable.com, to login or register free to bid live online at this exceptional auction. If you’re not ready to bid, simply watch the activity live from the auction floor using the Artfact Live! console.
Highlights of lots available for online bidding include:
Copley July 15 –Lot 184, An extremely rare and important hooded merganser drake by William Hart, Belleville, Ontario, Canada, c. 1930. This drake, which originated from Hart's personal gunning rig, begins bidding at $10,000. Lot 69, a life size lesser preening yellow legs, by A. Elmer Crowell, East Harwich, Massachusetts, in a rare preening position with resting wings, opens for bidding at $7,500.
Copley July 16 – Lot 480 is “Canada Geese” by Frank W. Benson. From a private collection, purchased directly from the artist and then by descent in the family, this painting opens for bidding at $30,000. Lot 530, Snowy Heron or White Egret (No. 49, Plate CCXLII), from the “elephant folio” of Birds of America by John James Audubon, opens for bidding at $10,000.
Guyette & Schmidt July 18 – Lot 189 tops the sale with an opening bid of $27,500 for an exceptional hollow pintail drake by John Blair Jr., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, made in the 1st quarter 20th century. Another top lot is Lot 141, Canada goose by A. Elmer Crowell of East Harwich, Massachusetts made in 1st quarter 20th century, begins beginning at $10,000.
Guyette & Schmidt July 19 – Lot 402 an exceptional pair of hooded mergansers carved by Fred Nickerson of Reynoldscroft, Nova Scotia, and Bourne, Massachusetts. This pair is the top lot of the sale with an opening bid of $20,000. Lot 83, open for bidding at $22,500, is an early and very rare three-piece model hollow mallard hen by Charles Perdew, of Henry, Illinois, with superb original paint by Edna Perdew.
To research decoys and sporting art at auction and view over 50 million auction price results, including previous results from both Copley Fine Art Auctions and Guyette & Schmidt, visit http://www.artfact.com and search the industry’s leading past price database. Entering the term "decoy" in Artfact's past prices database results in over 32,000 available records. Entering a search for "Lothrop Holmes" will yield a catalog entry for the world record decoy by Lothrop Holmes, an exceptional and rare red-breasted