A few weeks ago, you probably heard that a 19th century painting of Hallowell was being auctioned off by Sotheby's.

The painting appears to show the City of Hallowell from the Chelsea side of the Kennebec River.

According to the KJ, that painting, which had an estimated value of $30,000 to $50,000, ended up selling for $201,600!

While it is not signed, it is believed the painting was painted sometime around 1860.  A decent size, the painting measures 20 3/4 inches by 35 1/2 inches.

According to the Sotheby's website:

This scene depicts a mother and her son gazing upon the bustling waterfront and business district of Hallowell, Maine from Butternut Park on the Chelsea side of the Kennebec River. The topography forms an amphitheatre allowing the protagonists in the foreground to fully embrace the magnitude of the burgeoning port city. Hallowell’s locale along the Kennebec River, a key trade corridor to interior Maine from the Atlantic coast, contributed to its stature as a major hub of maritime commerce, shipbuilding, and manufacturing.

The buy is a Connecticut-based art dealer David Schorsch.  The 57 year old Schorsch said he purchased the painting as inventory for his Woodbury, Connecticut art dealership.

One of the things Schorsch really liked about the piece was the fact that it depicts actual, recognizable buildings.  Apparently, that is quite rare in folk art.


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