A very rare, hollow carved Gadwall by Delbert "Cigar" Daisey of Chincoteague was sold at the Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter auction in Charleston, S.C., for $4,600.
CHINCOTEAGUE - More than 40 vintage and contemporary Chincoteague decoys were sold at Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter's first decoy auction in Charleston, S.C., during the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition.
Chincoteague carvers featured were Delbert "Cigar" Daisey, Ira Hudson, Miles Hancock, Reggie Birch and Doug Jester.
A very rare gadwall hen by Daisey brought $4,600, a world-record price for Daisey decoys.
Other highlights for Chincoteague carvers include a pair of mergansers by Daisey selling for $2,070, and a pair of three yellowlegs by Daisey selling for $1,725.
Other Virginia carvers represented in the sale were Bill Gibian of Onancock, Mark McNair of Craddockville, Charles Birch of Willis Wharf and Grayson Chesser of Jenkins Birdge.
Audience, phone, online and absentee bidding were all strong throughout the sale, and there was a good crowd throughout the auction. There were close to 600 registered online bidders winning 46 of the 210 lots.
Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter was established in 1984 and is the world's largest decoy auction firm with more than $138 million in sales.
It will partner with Zeb Barfield to sell the contents of the Refuge Waterfowl Museum on Chincoteague Island on May 4 and 5, and Sept. 21 and 22.
Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter provides free decoy appraisals to anyone sending a decoy photo and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Guyette, Schmidt & Deeter, P.O. Box 1170, St. Michaels, Md. 21663.