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COLLECTORS PAY RECORD SUM FOR WATERFOWL DECOYS

Collectors flocked to Sotheby's and set their sights on more than 600 waterfowl decoys that sold for nearly $11 million.

A two-day auction that ended Sunday included a world-record price for a decoy -- $684,500 for a 1917 decoy described as an "outstanding sleeping Canada goose."

The pristine piece, a demonstration decoy that never touched water, was sold to an anonymous buyer. The price shattered the previous record of $335,000 set in 1997 for an 1890 "running curlew" decoy.

The 1997 record was also broken three other times Sunday, when collectors shelled out $470,000 for a 19th-century "ruddy turnstone," $464,500 for a 19th-century "long-billed curlew" and $354,500 for an early 20th-century "important wood drake duck."

The decoys were from the collection of Dr. James M. McCleery. The total sale of nearly $11 million far eclipsed presale estimates of $5 million to $6 million.

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