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Thursday, 15 May 2014 12:57

New World Auction Record Set for Self-Taught Artist Sam Doyle

Sam Doyle's 'St. Helena’s First Blak (sic) Midwife Trane (sic) By Dr. White.' Sam Doyle's 'St. Helena’s First Blak (sic) Midwife Trane (sic) By Dr. White.'

A 28 inch by 50 inch folk art rendering by the renowned self-taught artist Sam Doyle (1906-1985), titled St. Helena’s First Blak (sic) Midwife Trane (sic) By Dr. White, soared to $204,000 – a new world auction record for the artist – at Slotin Folk Art Auction’s Delta Blues to Visual Blues Auction, held April 26th and 27th at the Historic Buford Hall in Buford.

The painting, created from house paint on found roofing tin, was in excellent condition and depicted Mr. Doyle’s grandmother, a midwife, holding a newborn infant. It was the top lot of the April 26 session, dedicated to Visual Blues (folk art, typically from the Deep South). The April 27 session was themed Delta Blues and featured photographs, concert posters, records and more.

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