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United Press International – NewsTrack
“NEW YORK, Jan. 26, 2007 (UPI) — City slickers are paying thousands of dollars at U.S. auction houses for duck decoys carved a century ago for rural hunters.
Two wooden pintails, bought by a Michigan dealer for $25 in Minnesota in 1972, were sold last week at Christie’s for $90,000, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reported.
The pintails were carved by an anonymous artist. A red-tailed merganser carved by Lothrop Holmes of Massachusetts in the 19th century set a record in the same auction by selling for $856,000.”