A circa 1870 three-dimensional weathervane depicting a pair of horses hauling a steam-powered fire engine. The handsome rarity fetched $437,500 against an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.

My latest story for Art & Object showcases three strong Americana Week results at Sotheby’s:

A late 19th century fire engine weathervane that fetched $437,500 against an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000 (pictured above);

A portrait by American folk artist William Matthew Prior featuring an unknown African-American sitter, which commanded $112,500 against an estimate of $8,000 to $12,000;

And what might be the most expensive cover letter sold at auction–a two-page letter, signed by John Hancock and dated July 6, 1776, announcing the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

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Image is courtesy of Sotheby’s.


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