Century Auction Co.
Press Release: Immediately
September 8, 1999
Contact: Dennis Kubesh
Four world auction records set in Cadillac, Michigan.
Cadillac, Michigan -- The fishing lure portion of the internationally known Gary L. Miller Collection was sold Sunday September 5, 1999 at Bill Oliver’s Conference Center in Cadillac by the Century Auction Co. Four new auction world records were set in the process. The only known example of a J. D. Sherbrook mechanical “wagtail” lure was knocked down to the phone at $4,500.00. A Heddon four point Ice Decoy in Black Crackle finish went off at $3,750.00. A Heddon # 1700 Surface Minnow in Natural Scale finish sold at $1,900.00. Two hand made lures by Oscar W. Peterson, Cadillac’s home town boy, brought $2,300.00 and $2,000.00 respectively. Other highlights of the sale included a group of 18 experimental and prototype lures from the tackle box of one of the founders of the Creek Chub Bait Co., Carl Heinzerling, a Bert Winnie jointed Stump Dodger in the box ($800), 6 Martin Pestrue fish decoys on the original store card ($325), folk art Bumble Bee lure ($300), Gus Carlson spear ($300) and signed Black Ash creel ($500).
The Gary L. Miller Collection has enjoyed a rather extensive exhibit history. Portions of this remarkable collection have been shown at the Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, Michigan, the Addison Gallery of American Art at Andover, Massachusetts, the Museum of American Folk Art, New York City and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It was Mr. Miller who first identified Oscar Peterson as the maker of those extraordinary fish decoys and wall plaques emanating from the Cadillac area. Mr. Miller, the author of numerous articles on fish decoys, continues to maintain an extensive collection of fish spearing decoys, spears and related paraphernalia which are occasionally available for loan to major museums around the country.
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