A work by Sam Doyle (1906-1985) sold for an artist-record $204,000 during the Slotin Folk Art Auction's Delta Blues to Visual Blues Auction held April 26-27 in Buford.
Doyle, a self-taught artist, created the work titled "St. Helena’s First Blak (sic) Midwife Trane (sic) By Dr. White" using house paint on roofing tin.
According to a press release by Slotin Folk Art, the painting depicted Doyle's grandmother holding a newborn infant.
The auction -- which grossed $1.2 million -- included 1,200 lots featuring works from the Dr. Robert Bishop Collection, The Jay Johnson Collection, The Walter Glenn Lifetime Blues Collection and The Gitter Family Self-Taught Art Collection.
“We married two entirely American-born and inspired phenomena, folk art and the blues, into one massive two-day sale, and it went very well,” said Amy Slotin of Slotin Folk Art Auction, based in Gainesville, Ga. “It was one of our most successful auctions to date. Bids poured in literally from around the world, prices were strong and several world records were shattered.”
The Delta Blues Meets Visual Blues virtual catalog is available for viewing online.
Slotin Folk Art Auction's next major sale is scheduled for Nov. 8-9 at the Historic Buford Hall in Buford, Ga.
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