Portrait of Geo. Washington, $662,500, Heritage Auctions
Gavels ‘n’ Paddles
Recent Auctions from Near & Far
By Ken Hall
Rembrandt Peale’s iconic portrait of U.S. President George Washington sold for $662,500 at an American Art Auction held May 10-11 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Peale’s equally iconic portrait of Martha Washington fetched $158,500. Also, John McCrady’s mammoth 14-foot wide mural, titled Steamboat ‘Round the Bend, commissioned in 1946 by Delmonico’s Restaurant in New Orleans, brought $542,500 (a new world record for the artist); and Jerome Thompson’s Riverbank in Bloom (1865) made $512,500. Prices include a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium.