Weathervanes have become extremely popular as collector’s pieces. Copper weathervanes from the 18th and 19th centuries have become one of the hottest collector’s items at auction and have seen their value increase at auction over the years. These valuable pieces are brought indoors and displayed for their beauty and craftsmanship, retired from the onslaught of the winds and the threat of theft.
Up until very recently, the record price paid for an antique copper weathervane was $700,000 (copper horse and rider, Sotheby’s, New York). In January 2006, this price was topped by a weathervane of a figure of Liberty going for $1.08 million (Christie’s, New York). In August 2006, a train weathervane was auctioned for $1.2 million (New Hampshire-based Northeast Auctions). On October 6, 2006, a new record was set when a 5’2″ copper weathervane of a Native American Indian Chief, formerly mounted on Henry Ford’s granddaughter’s Michigan home, was purchased by Jerry Lauren (executive vice president at Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.) The price paid? $5.84 Million!
Antique & Consignments
Anthony Holand of Tuck and Holand Metal Sculptors is recognized as an expert in weathervanes and has consulted as an appraiser and as a reseller of fine weathervanes for select clients. Weathervanes offered on consignment at Tuck and Holand are only the best of the best when it comes to vintage, one-of-a-kind and antique weathervanes. Tuck and Holand also represents clients for the resale of original Travis Tuck weathervanes, fountains and sculptures.