Auction of Oddities on May 7, 2019
Co-Curated with Obscura Antiques Co-Owner Mike Zohn, Star of the Popular Television Show, Oddities
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's auction of Oddities on May 7, 2019 was co-curated with Obscura Antiques co-owner Mike Zohn, star of the popular television show, Oddities. The sale offered a wide range of curiosities, including circus and sideshow ephemera, Outsider and Folk Art, jewelry, taxidermy and other unusual objects.
Highlighting the sale was a taxidermy full mount two-headed calf together with its fully articulated skeleton that achieved $18,750. A whimsical example of taxidermy was 'The Squirrels' Tea Party' by Graham Teasdale that sold for $4,375.
Two full-sized anatomical models by French anatomist and naturalist Louis Auzoux (1797-1880) also generated interest at the sale, with the male model fetching $11,250 and female model $7,500. Auzoux developed a process using papier-mache, resin and hand-painting, which became the standard for anatomical research and study throughout the 19th century.
The sign from the fabled Walter Potter Museum of Curiosities sold for $6,875. The museum housed a renowned collection of eccentric taxidermy installations and other whimsical curiosities.
Highlighting the selection of colorful vintage sideshow banners was 'Torture-Proof Man' attributed to Nieman Eisman, which sold for $3,125.
A 1965 painting by Clementine Hunter led the selection of Folk Art, achieving $5,312.50. The first African American artist to have a solo exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art, the self-taught Hunter lived and worked on the Melrose Plantation in Louisiana.
A marble slab from beneath the electric chair at the Auburn Prison was inscribed with the first woman to be electrocuted in the United States. Mrs. Mary Farmer was given the death penalty after committing a grisly murder in 1908. This gruesome relic realized $2,500.
All prices include the Buyer's Premium.