USA – -(Ammoland.com)- We would like to thank everyone who participated in our Sporting Sale 2017, making it the most successful decoy auction of all time, with an outstanding average price per lot of over $27,000 per decoy.
This almost doubled the average price per lot from the sale of the Distinguished Collection of Dr. James M. McCleery held in 2000.
Featuring the Donal C. O’Brien, Jr. Collection of Important American Sporting Art and Decoys, Sessions I and II set numerous world records, signaling the decoy market is back to full strength.
Lot 6, a pinnacle wood duck by Canadian carver Thomas Chambers (1860-1948) set the first high water mark, selling for $270,000, a record for the carver and also a record for any Canadian maker.
The John English (1848-1915) pintail drake sold for $246,000, shattering the old record for the maker, and becoming the highest priced decoy ever to come out of the Delaware River region.
The Canada goose by Charles E. “Shang” Wheeler (1872-1949) shot to $198,000, smashing the world record for this important carver as well as for the Connecticut region.
Overall, the blockbuster …Read the Rest