Collectible Decoy Auction

Decoys the real thing

Expanding market sends value of these collectibles soaring

May 2, 2007
BY DALE BOWMAN Staff Reporter

“The second-greatest decoy auction in history last week suggests nobody really knows the ceiling for collectible decoys.

Or if there is a ceiling.

Guyette & Schmidt Inc.’s annual spring decoy auction grossed $5,021,131 on Thursday and Friday at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

…A William Bowman (no relation) curlew sold for $313,000. At the McCleery auction, it had sold for a mere $87,500. A feeding plover by Elmer Crowell went for $291,000. In 1986, it sold for $55,000.”

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