Guyette & Schmidt, Inc. conducted their annual summer decoy auction on July 26th & 27th, 2008. The auction was held at the Wyndham Hotel in Portland. The auction grossed just under $1.7 million with 39 lots selling for over $10,000 and 1 lot selling for over $100,000. As was the case in their April 2008 auction, prices were strong. Top lot in the sale was an old squaw drake by Joseph Lincoln which sold for $137,000. The auction gross of $1.69 million was around mid estimate. The auction was accompanied by a 50 table decoy show with decoy dealers from all over the US. Frank Schmidt and Gary Guyette assembled over 450 decoys and related items from collections and directly out of houses all over the United States and Canada. Prices for New England decoys and Mason Factory decoys were particularly strong. The sale featured decoys from the collections of Joe French, Gene and Linda Kangas, Howard and Jean Wadell, J. Creighton Reipe, Jr., and Dave Galliher.
650+ lots. Featuring decoys from the collections of David Galliher and Joe French. Gross sales $2.4 Million.