Bronzes Take First Place at Native American & Ethnographic Auction

The gallery turned over three times at Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers in St. Louis during their Winter Specialty Auction on March 11 which featured Native American & Ethnographic artifacts, followed by additional decorative items, jewelry and more than 120 Oriental rugs. Heavy gallery traffic continued throughout the day, with happy buyers settling their wins as eager bidders arrived for the next section of lots.

"Against The Odds,” the dramatic bronze by Bob Grieves (American, b. 1922) showing white-water frontiersmen in a canoe exquisite sold for $4,800. Demand for bronze continued after the live bidding was over, with “Hunter’s Prayer,” a bronze by Allan Houser (American, 1914-1994) bringing $8,400 from a post-auction bid.

Buyers in the room, on the phone and over the Internet bid eagerly on the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Peace Medal, which brought $2,040, more than three times the estimate.

The crowd continued their excitement, as bidding ensued, first on the Wabanaki style birch bark canoe and then on the Chippewa (Ojibwe) style birch canoe, both of which were featured in the front window of the gallery, and each bringing $1,200.

Interest in Native American pottery was evident, as two jars sold above estimates at $1,560 and $2,040 respectively; a Native American pottery bowl brought $780.

Other highlights include “The Forest Has Eyes” painting by Bev Doolittle (American, b. 1947) that brought $1,250; and a rare sterling and turquoise scorpion squash blossom necklace that brought $1,020.

Bidding stayed active through the end of the auction, with Persian rugs bringing prices in the thousands, including a Persian Sarouk and an antique Persian Heriz Serapi at $1,800 each, and an antique Persian Karaja runner and a semi-antique Persian Mashad Khorisan at $1,440 each.

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Selkirk is inviting consignments for upcoming 2017 auctions, including the Fall Gallery Auction in September and the Modernism Auction in November.

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