Skip to content
Haskell Minnow lure, which sold for $37,000 ($45,510 with buyer’s premium) at Blanchard's.

Antique fishing lure auction at Blanchard’s delivered solid results

POTSDAM, NY — Described by Blanchard’s Auction Service as “one of the most important angling auctions in decades,” its Fishing Tackle & Sportsmen sale, held on April 26, did not disappoint, with numerous lots selling for five and even 10 times their estimates. Complete results can be found at LiveAuctioneers.

The king of the sale was an ‘extremely rare’ Haskell Minnow lure. Created by Riley Haskell of Painesville, Ohio and patented September 20, 1859, this very early lure retained amazing patina and was described as having ‘workmanship and detail … unrivaled by any maker in the 150 plus years of American lure making.’ Estimated at $3,000-$5,000, it had 140 bidders watching on LiveAuctioneers, with a floor bidder finally edging out the internet competition with a $37,000 hammer price ($45,510 with buyer’s premium).

Bearing a November 1, 1910 patent date, the Immel Bait Co. floating ‘Chippewa’ minnow lure was the sale’s runner-up at $16,500 ($20,295 with buyer’s premium). Carrying a presale estimate of just $700-$1,000, LiveAuctioneers bidders sparred with more than three dozen bids. The crisp, original packaging and ‘definitely unfished’ condition delivered spectacular results. A second ‘Chippewa’ with an equally impressive original box brought $14,500 ($17,835 with buyer’s premium).

Described as ‘perhaps the finest known example — we are unaware of another in this overall condition’ was the Jim Donaly Redfin Minnow with original packaging. Finished with a bright green back and white belly with red accents, it, too, hammered for $14,500 ($17,835 with buyer’s premium).