Heist Headlines Selkirk’s First High-Quality Eclectic Auction

The portrait of the majestic imported German coach stallion, HEIST 2043, headlined the first Eclectic Auction held by Selkirk Auctioneers and Appraisers in the St. Louis market which took place Saturday, November 7th.

In a classic “road show” moment that prompted spontaneous applause from the full house, the 1902 oil painting by renowned early 20th century painter J. F. Stephens sold for $6,120 -- more than forty times the investment made by the seller. Similar examples have been owned by famed folk art collectors Frank and Barbara Pollack, and interest in the signed and dated painting was enhanced by the accompanying REA's Pocket Stallion Service Book and related legal documents.

“Moments like these represent the experience that all auctioneers work hard to create in the gallery,” said Jeff Jeffers, CEO and Principal Auctioneer. “Yet, it is the combination of the story of the item, the interaction of sellers and bidders, and engagement of the audience that make the magic. We’re thrilled and proud to be the catalyst.”

With a full house of bidders, plus absentee and remote bidders on the phone and via the internet, the Eclectic Auction was the epitome of the term’s definition: selecting what appears to be best in various methods or styles.

Sought-after 20th century furniture by design pioneer T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings attracted bidders nationwide, with selling prices of $2,760 for the walnut frame, strap chair and $5,313 for the sofa, model 1727, with original upholstery on back and seat.

By contrast, highly unique items representing Americana were also popular. Visitors admired the intricacy of the rare, three-and-a-half foot stern wheel steamboat model by A. C. Payne with its red steam pipes, black paddle wheel, and string rigging throughout. The model sold for $3,720.

Recalling our nation’s roots, interest was high in the the American applique quilt from the third quarter of the 19th century, featuring four eagles and stars surrounding a central maple leaf and crescent moon medallion. A 4th place trophy from the Sears and Roebuck and Co. 1934 Quilt Show and a small glass etched "Mrs. M. W. Fox” purportedly from the 1904 World's Fair accompanied the quilt, which together brought $2,400.

“With tremendous excitement around our first two auctions in the newly renovated gallery, in St. Louis’ historic Central West End, we are moving into 2016 with wind in our sales,” Jeffers noted.

Selkirk Auctioneers and Appraisers has announced its schedule for the first half of 2016, including: January 23 Winter Gallery Auction; March 12 Spring Eclectic Auction and May 21 Summer Gallery Auction.

A list of prices realized for this auction may be found at selkirkauctions.com. Selkirk is accepting quality items for the Gallery Auction on January 23, 2016. For information on how to sell at Selkirk or to arrange a complimentary valuation of your item(s), please contact info@selkirkauctions.com or call 314-696-9041. For more information

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