G&G Spring Auction 2011
April 27-29, 2011
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Gary Guyette & Frank Schmidt at last year's preview of their Spring Auction held at Pheasant Run Resort annually the last week of April. Two great decoys! John Tax ( 1894-1967), Osakis Mn and Hiram Hy Holtz, (1886-1979) Peoria, IL Mallard hen.


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John Deeter newest partner in G&S decoy Inc. poses with two of his prized ducks. The Canvasbacks were carved by Moses Samuel, circa 1880, in Cayuga, N.Y.


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Every year G&S support the Midwest Decoy Collectors Show (MDCA) by hosting a cocktail party on Wednesday evening prior to their auction that features a preview of all the decoys. This is a great opportunity for new collectors and veterans to view and handle decoys and ask questions! There is always someone close at hand to share their decoy know how!


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Jim Wiezbra Vice President of MDCA checks out the weight and brand on an Robert Elliston Decoy.


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Outstanding pair of blue -winged teal by Robert Elliston (1848-1915), Bureau, IL with original paint by his wife Cathrine (1858-1953). The drake is exceptionally rare. The pair sold for $90,000 plus the buyer premium


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Two Minnesota Guys that can be seen at all the Midwest decoy show, Bill Rigsbee, and Rick Simpson enjoying the Preview refreshments


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This beautiful swan decoy by Charles Birch (1868-1956), Wills Wharf, VA. According to noted East Coast collector Wm Purnell This decoy is one of "one dozen that were made for a Talbot County, Maryland rig in the 1930's" It is one of the few that were NOT repainted and sold for $165,000 plus buyer's premium.


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If one gets a chance to attend any of the decoy auction Preview, if will be an invaluable lesson in decoys and their history.


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What do you think of this little green winged teal, Kathy (Lowe )


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Ron Gard, noted Texas collector Sotheby's auction House's decoy consultant never misses a major decoy happening like the Guyette & Schmidt Auctions.


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Dick McIntyre SC decoy dealer looks over a Cobb blackduck for a client.


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So Carter Stenberg, what do you think of this standard grade Evans mallard drake?


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looks like John Freimuth and Ben Heinemann are interested in the same decoy!


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Bob Bradley and Dr. Joe Dewulf, Madison, WI shares a good laugh


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Jeff & Joyce Hay , Ohio collectors are teaching their daughter Taylor early to appreciate decoys and have fun at the decoy shows.


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Jim Grochowski with daughter Kate,5 who is Pat Langlois ‘s granddaughter - the 3rd generation of collectors!


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The Preview means business to Steve O'Brien, Copley Fine Arts. While others socialize he is busy checking out item his clients are interested in.


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Steve Handevidt checking out a nice shorebird


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Hey Linda! What do you think of this one?


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Joe tele- conferencing


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Rare Mason Swan


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Among the highlights of the auction... One of 12 known swan decoys by Charles Birch, Virginia and one of only three that weren't repainted.


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Great Early Ward Bros. blackducks


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Fredinard Homme Stoughton, Wisconsin mallard drake


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Tom O'Key and Ed Johnson share some thoughts on a decoy.


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Catalog safely underwraps :-)


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Greg & Kay Guthrie, Wisconsin collectors


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The auction begins with a Barron Rig Mason Brant


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GOING


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GOING


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SOLD! yells Jimmy Julia.


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Steve Boulin stands in to give Jimmy a break on the podium.


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Zac Cote, Jon Deeter & Frank Schmidt and brothe,r Dan Schmidt manning the phone bids


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Joe bidding for phone caller as Farah watches for internet bids


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Farah Mathres-Phelps does an amazing job handling all the internet bids


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Jim Cook and Stevie O'Brien


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Good decoys fill the room with prospective buyers.


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As a spotter Ed Kenney's job is to carefully scan the crowd for bidders so no one's misses a chance to purchase the decoy of their choice.


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Jon wins the bid for a phone buyer


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Randy Root, Illinois watches sale for the doorway.


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Ron Gard is keeping track of the bidding.


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Joe Engers, editor Decoy Magazine and Dick McIntyre are both active bidders


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...Who put their heads together


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... and check all the 'angles' when they are interested in a decoy!


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Russ Goldberger and Alan Haid are among the top decoy dealers who make a strong presence at all the major shows and acutions.


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Dick Brust honorary MDCA Board member and his wife JO are definitely major part of the 'Ole Guard' and still regularly attend the Midwest decoy events


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It's only another $500 bid Jimmy calls out :-)


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Minnesota's Perk Perkins is front and center when he attends an auction


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Keeping tracking of the sold items is important part of any auction!


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Our Illinois Locals were on hand for the sale and auction; Charlie & Murinta seated behind Dave Kneebone


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Tom O'Key and Dan Coombe are often seen together at the shows


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Page & Cap Vinal , Marty & Barb Hanson and Ken Cole are on hand for the auction


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serious talk???


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Must be a decoy coming up for Cap.


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Debbie Allen is always ready to make sure all the auction calls are recorded correctly.


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Near the end of the second day folks handling the phones are still busy.


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Good Job Jimmy!
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