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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Al Hair, Harold Newton, Robert Butler Among The Highwaymen Paintings In Manor's October Auction

Artist Al Hair - Florida Highwaymen Painting
Manor Auctions has posted their Online Catalog for their October 2011 Fine Art, Jewelry & Collectible Auction - taking place in their Tallahassee Auction Gallery. The auction features over 750 quality lots of original art, jewelry, diamonds, timepieces, coins, militaria, statuary, ivory, jade, Chinese antiques, furniture and much more.

As specialists and appraisers of Florida Highwaymen Paintings, Manor Auctions prides itself on offering a nice selection of Original Florida Highwaymen art in each fine art auction. The auction features a wonderful Highwaymen art session, with paintings from some of the better known Highwaymen, such as Al Hair and Harold Newton - The following are the lot numbers and descriptions for the Florida Highwaymen Paintings in Manor Auctions October 2011 Catalog Auction:

18095 HAROLD NEWTON - HIGHWAYMEN LANDSCAPE OIL ON BOARD HAROLD NEWTON (American, 1932-1994) Oil on board landscape scene on an overcast day with cranes wading in the water. Size: 22 x 27" framed Condition: VGC
18095a HAROLD NEWTON - HIGHWAYMEN LANDSCAPE OIL ON BOARD HAROLD NEWTON (American, 1932-1994) Oil on board wave scene with rolling clouds over the ocean. Dates back tot he late 1960s. Size: 28 x 45" framed Condition: VGC
18096 ROBERT BUTLER - FLORIDA HIGHWAYMEN OIL ON BOARD Robert Butler (1943 - ), oil on board in the traditional Highwaymen style, framed with “antiqued” crown molding. Traditional Florida Everglades landscape. A single palm tree is the foreground’s focal point. Size: 16" x 24" Condition: VGC
18097 AL BLACK- HIGHWAYMEN OIL ON BOARD EVERGLADES Albert "Al" Black (American, 1946- ). The serenity of a beautiful marsh landscape, which is present throughout most of Florida, is the scene of this oil on board. Two herons wade in the water as the glowing sun warms the sky. The group of birds and the pair of herons represent the holy trinity. Signed in the bottom right and dated '81. White frame included. Size: 22 x 36" Condition: VGC
18098 AL BLACK- HIGHWAYMEN OIL ON BOARD EVENING SCENE Albert "Al" Black (American, 1946- ). A beautifully painted marsh landscape. Two herons wade in the water as the glowing sun heralds the coming night. Signed bottom right and dated '78. Walnut frame. Size: 27" x 36" framed
18099 ALFRED "AL" HAIR - LARGE HIGHWAYMEN OIL ON BOARD ALFRED "AL" HAIR - LARGE HIGHWAYMEN OIL ON BOARD "Alfred "Al" Hair, (American, 1941 -- 1970). Unusually large and bright oil on board painting of a sunset above crashing waves. Signed bottom right. This is a fine example of Hair's work. Mounted in a gold wash frame. typical of early Highwaymen paintings. Size: 53" x 29" framed Condition: VGC
18100 ALFRED "AL" HAIR- HIGHWAYMEN CALM BEFORE THE STORM Al Hair (American, 1941-1970). The moon shines on the still water of a bay. Fronds of palm trees begin to sway as the furious winds of an incoming storm move closer. Signed in the bottom right corner and in original frame. Size: 35 x 23" Condition: VGC
18101 ALFRED "AL" HAIR- HIGHWAYMEN BEACH SCENE Al Hair (American, 1941-1970). Palms reach towards the sunlight. Seagulls and a sailboat are visible in the distance. The sun is beginning to set on this classical summer day. Signed in the bottom right corner and in original frame. Size: 35 x 23" Condition: VGC
18102 ALFRED "AL" HAIR- HIGHWAYMEN WAVES CRASHING The horizon darkens to pink and purple as the sun begins to descend upon the beach shore. Waves crash violently against the shoreline. Gulls fly over the shallows as they fish for food. Some slight discoloration to the painting. Signed in the bottom right corner and in original frame. Size: 35 x 23" Condition: VGC
18103 ALFRED "AL" HAIR- HIGHWAYMEN OIL ON BOARD The sun starts a day in the everglades. The sky is luminescent with hues of purple and orange. A large cypress tree basks as the first rays of light reach its branches, which are covered in Spanish moss. Signed in bottom right corner and framed. Size: 35 x 23" Condition: VGC
18104 ALBERT E. BACKUS - PASTEL & LETTERS OF NELLIE WOOD Albert Earnest "Bean" Backus pastel painting of his girlfriend, Nellie Wood O'Riordan. Pastel on felt. Backus's family tried fervently to hide her identity from the public. Nellie was known as the recipient of "The Golden Poet Award" in 1989, and her book, "Rhymes and Reasons," was quite successful. This lot also includes a rare grouping correspondence letters between Nellie and her long-time friends. All of the letters are signed, and each one mentions "Beanie," Backus's nickname. The letters are so evocative, that one can easily imagine moments between lovers. Her letters also vividly describe her social mileu as an invited guest at the Florida's Governor's Mansion (in Tallahassee, FL) and a notation following Backus's death, Nellie described how Backus had told her that he wasn't feeling well and goes on to say that he died later that day. Also included are limited edition postcards (unused) and an Easter card, all featuring Backus's works. Nellie's book, "Rhymes and Reasons", is also part of this lot. A unique and interesting Backus art and ephemera lot. The pastel has also includes authentication and appraised by the A.E. Backus gallery in Ft. Pierce, FL. Size: 16" x 13" Condition: VGC

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Partial Listing Of Other Lots In Manor's October 2011 Fine Art, Jewelry & Collectible Auction:
  • Original Art
    • Florida Highwaymen
    • 18th & 19th C. Oil Paintings
    • 20th C. Oils & Watercolors - landscapes & seascapes
    • Peter Falk Charcoal Drawings - 20 of a private collection of 81 total drawings done by Falk while sharing a Carnegie Hall studio with the consignor in 1990
  • Diamonds - Large 2, 3 & 5 carat diamonds
  • Fine Gold & Designer Jewelry
  • Timepieces - Including many luxury makers
  • Memorabilia
    • John F. Kennedy - autographed photo accompanied by a copy of Profiles In Courage
    • Marilyn Monroe - signed check
    • Saving Private Ryan - signed script
    • Peter Falk - collection of original sketches from actor Peter Falk, most notably known as Lt. Columbo from the long running television show "Columbo"
  • Chinese Antiques
    • Antique Chinese Jade Carvings
    • Finely Carved Chinese Seals
    • Carved Ivory
  • African Ivory Carvings
  • Furniture
  • Sports Memorabilia
    • Signed Balls
    • Signed Photographs
    • Early Cards
  • Militaria
    • Civil War Swords
    • WWII Japanese Swords
    • Bayonetts - all periods
    • Medals & Awards - all periods
    • WWII Headgear
    • Documents
  • Statuary
  • Oleg Raikis Ivory Chess Set
  • Instruments
    • Professional Banjo Collection - of about 16 better banjos
    • Electric Guitars
    • Acoustic Guitars
  • Glassware
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Saturday, August 6, 2011

A.E. Backus | Beanie | Oil Painting & More Sell At Auction

From ABC's Good News Show - Albert Earnest Backus (American, 1906-1991). Collectors will delight in the opportunity to bid on 2 lots of Original Albert Backus. An Albert Backus oil painting, charcoal & rare letter archive will sell in Manor Auctions July 30th Fine Art Auction. Albert "Beanie" Backus or A.E. Backus is one of the most prominent Florida Landscape artists ever to live. The pieces being offered are divided among 2 lots, 15132 & 15133. As leader in the acquisition, marketing and sale of Florida landscape art, such as the Florida Highwaymen and A.E. Backus, Manor is pleased to offer these Backus works at auction.

A.E. Backus Oil Painting Of A Sailboat Sets Sail In July 30th Auction

Albert Ernest (A.E.) Backus oil painting of a sailboat on board attracted the Florida art collectors on July 30th. Albert "Beanie" Backus (American, 1906 - 1995) is perhaps the most well known Florida Landscape artist to ever live. Original Backus paintings continue to attract the collectors and command great value in the market. This particular Backus oil painting of a sailboat would have been one of his many Caribbean works, as Backus had enormous love for the Caribbean and spent a great deal of time at his second home in Jamaica. Collectors were delighted to have this painting brought to market, with an Internet bidding adding it to his collection for $9105 (inclusive of buyers premium).

Backus was primarily a self-taught painter who cut his teeth as an early commercial painter of signs, billboards and movie marquees. From there he progressed to landscape paintings, where over the years he refined his art from palette and knife to more brush work. His paintings were known for coming to life and captivating the viewer.


Albert Ernest "Bean" Backus (American 1906 - 1991). Painting of a sailboat. One of his “Caribbean” paintings. Known as the "Dean of Florida painters" and the man who began the story of the African American Highwaymen painters, Backus was responsible for teaching and mentoring Al Hair who, in turn, taught the others. Some of the original Florida Highwaymen are still painting today. This painting depicts a small sail boat at sea, signed bottom right.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Albert E. Backus Painting, Charcoal & Rare Letter Archive Selling July 30th

Albert Earnest Backus (American, 1906-1991). An Albert Backus oil painting, charcoal & rare letter archive will sell in Manor Auctions July 30th Fine Art Auction. Albert "Beanie" Backus or A.E. Backus is one of the most prominent Florida Landscape artists ever to live. The pieces being offered are divided among 2 lots, 15132 & 15133. As leader in the acquisition, marketing and sale of Florida landscape art, such as the Florida Highwaymen and A.E. Backus, Manor is pleased to bring these Backus works to auction.

Backus is known as a painter, teacher and philanthropist. Born in South Florida along the Indian River in 1903, Backus served in WWII before becoming a predominately self-taught painter. Early in his art career Backus painted billboards and movie marquees, but perhaps he became most well known for his Florida landscapes and teaching. Living most of his life in Ft. Pierce, FL, Backus honed his painting skills and developed in to an accomplished and sought after painter. Backus paintings are sought after by many of the world's top landscape art collectors.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sell Florida Highwaymen Painting

Sell Florida Highwaymen Painting: Manor Auctions, a national leader in the appraisal, marketing and sale of Florida Highwaymen art. Speak with Manor today for a no cost Florida Highwaymen art appraisal. Whether you would like to sell your Florida Highwaymen painting or receive a complimentary Highwaymen art appraisal, Manor specializes in Florida Highwaymen art and would be happy to assist. Contact Manor Auctions today, Florida Highwaymen Art appraisers at 850-523-3787 or submit an online inquiry.

Florida Highwaymen have been defining Florida landscape art for over 50 years. Their works can be found in private collections, professional offices, homes, museums and government buildings. The Florida Highwaymen art movement has a unique history all its own. Although many of the original 26 Florida Highwaymen artists of passed, those with us today can be found at a variety of art shows and events as they continue to share their story with us.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Original Florida Highwaymen Artists To Visit Manor Auctions Tallahassee Gallery

Harold_Newton_PaintingThe Original Florida Highwaymen artists will visit Manor Auctions Tallahasseee gallery this Saturday, May 7th. A group of the Original Florida Highwaymen will be painting, selling works and speaking with the public during Manor Auctions Fine Art & Collectible Auction. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to plan a visit to meet this historic group of African American Florida landscape artists. Their unique style of painting has come to define Florida landscape art, distinguished by the use of rich, vibrant color applied typically to Upson board. The Highwaymen were inducted in to the Florida Artists Hall Of Fame in 2004. Their paintings can be found in private collections, galleries, museums and government buildings. The Highwaymen will be at Manor Auctions Tallahassee gallery from 10am through the early evening hours.

The Florida Highwaymen movement began in the early 1950’s when A.E. Backus, a prominent White artist in S. Florida began teaching Alfred Hair, a little known African-American art student who was eager to make a career in painting. Their unlikely partnership began what would become known as the Florida Highwaymen.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Harold Newton Sells Atop Others On February 19th

Highwaymen Painter Harold Newton sells well! Manor Auctions offered a variety of Florida Highwaymen Paintings in the February 19th fine art catalog auction. Bidding for the Highwaymen Paintings was fierce between phone, floor and Internet bidders, but an early Harold Newton painting sold atop the others at $3220! As a Florida fine art dealer & gallery, Manor Auctions specializes in the acquisition, appraisal, marketing and sale of Florida Highwaymen paintings. Also sold on the 19th were works by Black, Gibson, L. newton, Buckner and Hair. If you are considering selling Highwaymen Paintings, Manor wants to speak with you. Manor Auctions will offer to buy your painting or accept it on consignment in the next fine art catalog auction. From single paintings to large collections, Manor Auctions is ready to provide you a no cost appraisal consultation.