Copley Fine Art Auctions’ Record-Setting $4.7 Million 2017 Sporting Sale

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Copley Fine Art Auctions’ Record-Setting $4.7 Million 2017 Sporting Sale
Copley Fine Arts
Copley Fine Arts

USA – -( 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 auction brought $4.7 million. The O’Brien Collection, with a 100% sell-through rate, was Copley’s first “white-glove” sale, a true rarity in today’s auction market and a remarkable achievement for the nation’s leading decoy and sporting art auction house.

Great decoys with strong provenance and exceptional form carried the day, leading to Copley’s most successful sale in the company’s eleven-year history.

Thank you.

About Copley Fine Arts

Copley Fine Art Auctions is the world’s leading American sporting art auction company. Located in Boston, Copley specializes in antique decoys and 19th- and 20th-century American, sporting, and wildlife paintings. Copley’s bi-annual sales are the premier events for collectors of sporting art, decoys, fishing collectibles, and other related folk art. Quality objects start at $100 and range to over a million dollars. Visit :