Rare Polasek commemorative Remington Arms bronze, Derby horse Twenty Grand advertising art and 1913 Indianapolis Motor Speedway trophy highlight Antique Helper’s October 13 Auction

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  • September 28, 2012

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Albin Polasek Remington Centenial Trophy
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Twenty Grand: Walt Otto advertising illustration
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September 28, 2012 (Indianapolis, IN)   Highlights from Antique Helper Auction’s October 13 Art and Antiques Auction include a bronze figure by Albin Polasek, created for the Remington Arm’s Company’s centennial celebration; bidders will also find a monumental 1913 Indy 500 presentation frame by Heintz Art Metal, as well as a large oil on canvas advertising illustration by Walt Otto, depicting  1931 Derby horse Twenty Grand.

The most noteworthy offering in this sale will be a bronze figure by Albin Polasek. This impressive bronze was commissioned in 1916, by the village if Ilion, New York to celebrate the Centennial of the Remington Arms Company.  The presale estimate for this piece is est. $20,000-$25,000).   

The striking figure represents Remington Arms Company’s founder, Eliphalet Remington II.  48 bronze statues were produced from Polasek’s clay original; one was sent to the Adjutant General of each of the then 48 States from the Village of Ilion, New York,  home of Remington Arms Company.  The donors suggested the statues be awarded annually to the state military organization or militia represented by the winning rifle team in a special match to be known as "The Remington Centennial Trophy Match."

According to Trudy Furno, Researcher at the Polasek Museum in Winter Park, FL, the bronze to be offered on October 13 is one of only five known examples.  Frequently mistaken to represent a Minuteman or American frontiersman Daniel Boone, one such statue has been on display at the Headquarters of the Kentucky National Guard since 1974.  Another is in the Polasek Museum collection.  Another, identified as Daniel Boone, sold at auction in 2001.  Furno became aware of a fourth example, located in Louisiana, in June.  Antique Helper’s October 13 offering brings the grand total to 5. There whereabouts of the remaining 43 examples is unknown.

Indianapolis 500 presentation frame by Heintz Art Metal Smiths, 1913
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Also featured in this auction will be a Walt Otto 1930s advertising illustration featuring Derby horse Twenty Grand.  This large painting brings double appeal for Kentucky Derby and 20th Century advertising fans alike.  The framed 64” x 30” painting depicts 1931 Horse of the Year, Twenty Grand (1928-1948), plugging the cigarette brand that shared his name.   The work is expected to bring $5,000-$7,000 in the October 13 auction.

An Indianapolis 500 presentation frame by Heintz Art Metal Smiths (Est. $5,000-$7,000) will be of interest to race fans and Heintz Art Metal collectors alike.  The frame offered in the October 13 auction was presented to the Eighth Place winner of the 1913 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.  The piece features Art Nouveau styling in sterling silver overlay, adorning the bronze racing trophy from the “Indianapolis Moter Speedway," complete with the IMS winged logo. Heintz Art Metal frames are highly sought after among collectors.  This large scale frame is unique in size and subject matter.  It displays a panoramic photograph of the 1913 Indy 500 field.  It is a one-of-a-kind piece, produced by Heintz Art Metal Company for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Joni Back-Bubenzer
Antique Helper Auctions

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