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Pride Of St Louis: Selkirk Sale Gavels Relics Of City & 1904 World’s Fair

Review by Greg Smith, Catalog Photos Courtesy Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers ST LOUIS, MO. – Missouri pride was served hot in the heartland when Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers sold off the collections of Patricia Sue Villmer and the contents of a historic Clarksville, Mo., Mississippi River home on December 14. The sale featured 459 lots, with only seven lots passing throughout the day. “We felt pretty positive about the sale,” Selkirk curator Brian Laughlin told us following the auction, “We hit the mark on nearly all of the lots.” The sale boasted a 97 percent sell through rate. “There were not a lot of surprises, which makes me feel good about the valuations with our team. The pieces

Many 1904 World's Fair items featured in auction Saturday

Few subjects stir more interest among STL collectors than the 1904 World's Fair, and an auction Saturday has mounds of memorabilia through which to wade. Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers will hammer out items from the estate of Patricia Villmer, a founder of the St. Louis World's Fair Society. The fair, officially the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, was held from April to December 1904, in and around Forest Park. The fair-related memorabilia — most estimated to sell for less than $1,000 — includes collections of advertising cards, pins, medals, shot glasses, silk postcards, event programs and hand fans. One of the fair items expected to draw a top price ($400 to $800) is a short sword and sca

ST LOUIS MODERNIST EXCEEDS SELKIRK EXPECTATIONS

ST LOUIS, MO. – A Modernist landscape titled “Near Vernon Blvd” by St Louis regional artist Arthur Osver (1912-2006) made nearly six times its estimate when it sold to a private collector bidding online for $5,938. It was one of the top sellers in Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers November 9 sale and had been estimated at $1/3,000. Commenting after the sale, a spokesperson for Selkirk’s said it was a great painting by a highly prized regional artist who was an art instructor at Washington University in St Louis from 1960-83. His popularity can also be attributed to the recent publication of a book about the artist: Arthur Osver: Urban Landscape, Abstraction, and the Mystique of Place (May 201

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