Birds Take Flight At Copley’s Winter Sale 2015

  • CHARLESTON, South Carolina
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  • February 13, 2015

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A.B. Frost's "Quail - A Covey Rise," sold for $180,000
Nathan Cobb, Jr., Hissing Brant, c. 1890, sold for $81,000

Copley Fine Art Auctions ( set a new world record for classic American sporting artist Arthur Burdett Frost at their Winter Sale 2015, held February 12 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Quail - A Covey Rise sold for $180,000, more than doubling the previous world record of $85,250. Fall Woodcock Shooting, also a part of Frost’s Shooting Pictures folio, had stood at the previous record for over twenty-five years after selling at Sotheby’s in 1989. John James Audubon’s Snowy Owl sold for $72,000 on a $60/90,000 estimate.


The auction saw $1.84 million in sales and a 95% sell-through rate. There was robust bidding across numerous fields including paintings, prints, folk art, decoys, and vintage fishing tackle.

The top decoy lot was Nathan Cobb’s swimming brant $81,000 on its $80/120,000 estimate. The second highest decoy lot was A.E. Crowell’s curlew, landing at $63,000, soaring past its $35/45,000 estimate.

Antique bamboo rods found spirited bidding with E. Everett Garrison’s model 201, 7ft., 2/2, serial no. T 7 1 selling for $6,900, multiples over its estimate. The top reel, Stanley Bogdan’s Model 0 Salmon Fly Wheel, brought in $4,428.

after John James Audubon, "Snowy Owl," sold for $72,000

Further details of this important sale will follow.

Copley Fine Art Auctions’ next sale will be held in July 2015 in Plymouth, MA. Consignments will be accepted through the middle of April or until full. For a free confidential auction estimate please call 617.536.0030 or email

Copley Fine Art Auctions
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Allston, Massachusetts
About Copley Fine Art Auctions

Copley Fine Art Auctions is the world's leading American sporting art auction company. Located in Boston, Copley specializes in antique decoys and 19th- and 20th-century American, sporting, and wildlife paintings.

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