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.
Auction Record Set For Abner Zook Diorama At Witman Auction
Large Scene Of Conestoga Wagon Crossing Mountain Stream With Waterfalls Sells For $28,050
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.
For more information, call 717-665-5735 or visit www.witmanauctioneers.com.