Auction Record Set For Abner Zook Diorama At Witman Auction

Large Scene Of Conestoga Wagon Crossing Mountain Stream With Waterfalls Sells For $28,050

March 9, 2018

Witman Auctioneers Inc. of Manheim, Pa., held a public auction on Feb. 17 at Encks Banquet and Conference Center in Manheim highlighted by setting a new auction record for an Abner Zook diorama. There were 183 registered bidders in attendance.
The large Abner Zook three-dimensional painting/diorama of a six-horse team pulling a Conestoga Wagon crossing a stream with waterfalls and mountains in the background sold for $28,050 to a private collector. Witman has developed a name for selling Zook artwork, and the market clearly has strength. The late Abner Zook (1921-2010) was from Newmanstown, Pa. His twin brother, Aaron, also created elaborate three-dimensional dioramas. For those that wish to see a large assortment of these, visit the Shady Maple Smorgasbord buffet-style restaurant in East Earl, Pa.
Witman sold an Aaron Zook covered bridge and summer cottage scene for $1,100. Also in the sale was a watercolor ledger, which brought $660; a Towle flatware set, $660; a cast-iron mechanical bank, $616; a Goff's two-drawer spool cabinet, $412; an oak three-door ice box, $358; and a leaded stain glass window, $231.
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