Pigeon portraits take off
25th November 2018
Clevedon Salerooms are no strangers to selling the works of Bristol Artist Andrew Beer (1862-1954). His portraits of prized pigeons turn up regularly and have in recent years started to reach new heights in terms of value. Always bearing charming titles, one of this pair titled ‘Special Prize given by H Burt Esq for Best Old Bird Average, Won by H.Attwood Excelsior H.S. 1906’.
The highest prices are usually reserved for group portraits that feature two or sometimes three birds on a single canvas. This pair of individual portraits measuring 29cm x 39cm dated 1906 certainly ruffled a few feathers as the gavel fell at £5,000.
It will only be a matter of time before more of Andrew Beers pigeons find their way to Clevedon Salerooms for a brief rest, before heading off to their new home.
‘Reel’ high prices at Clevedon Salerooms
Clevedon Salerooms held their second sale of the New Year on Thursday 23rd January at the Kenn Road Auction Centre. Top price of the day was paid for the best of a large collection of 16mm film reels which filled the back wall of the saleroom. Spilt into four lots, the best of these were competed for by online bidders and another in the room to a multiple-estimate £1,100. The other three lots amassed £770 total.