Patriotism Is Always A Big Seller

C.H. Badger Wood carved eagle

John McCain and Barack Obama’s supporters aren’t the only ones cheering America these days. Art collectors are getting in on the act as well by sending auction houses a very important message: Patriotism sells.

Take the sale of a 5-inch-tall carved wooden eagle. At the end of August in Rockland, Maine, the small eagle carved around the turn of the last century and perched on two American flags sold for more than $60,000–over 10 times its pre-auction estimate.

The sale of the eagle was just one of the highlights of the three-day auction at James Julia Inc.

The other top seller was ”The Goddess of Liberty,” a life-size wood carving from the late 19th century. The sale price for this quirky piece of Americana was $143,750.  Full article