Posted on August 28, 2019 | By Andrew Wilson
- Iconic Dog Painting by Fred Eilers sells for more than $11,000 in Kennel Club Auction
The painting, which hung in the Library of the Kennel Club for decades, was created by Evansville artist Fred Eilers. Eilers, a native of North Carolina, came to Evansville in 1939 and worked as an industrial designer for several local companies. Eilers also taught art at the University of Evansville from 1940-1987. He died in 1993 at age 83.
The painting sold for more than $11,000 to a local collector and long-time Kennel Club member, who purchased the painting for their personal collection.
Andrew Wilson, a Principal Auctioneer with William Wilson Auction Realty, stated “This painting had hung over the mantle in the Library of the Kennel Club for decades, among other notable works and memorabilia. Ultimately, the emotion of owning a piece of the Kennel Club played out in a significant way through the auction process generating great results for the Club.”
Other highlights of the Kennel Club auction include:
- Air Pilot’s Sam print by artist William Foster @ $2,752
- Framed front cover of November 28,1926 edition of The Evansville Press @ $1652
- Commissioned painting of dog Chuy that hung in the middle of the dining room for many years @ $1707
- Two Staffordshire Dog Lamps @ $649 each
- Round Custom Kennel Club copper wall clock @ $407
- The recognizable Kennel Club metal sign @ $740
- And the Uncle Mark’s Electric Popcorn Warmer @ $220
All totaled, the auction grossed more than $60,000 for the shuttered private club as they settle out their remaining business affairs.