That was the winning bid for Liz Shaw's amazing Victrix.
It's also the most anyone has ever paid for a model horse, easily surpassing the $13,500 one of a kind palomino Alborozo that sold at the 2008 Breyerfest Auction.
Predictably, the hobby world is abuzz with talk of the auction. Reactions range from disbelief ($17, 000?! I could get a real horse/car/house/random expensive item for $17,000!!! ) to disgust (idiotic, ridiculous and delusional) to sheer, unadulterated joy. Count me among the last group. That model represents a singular achievement in finishwork. How wonderful to see an artist justly compensated for producing a piece that transcends and expands the usual hobby standards!
Karen Gerhardt posted these words to her Facebook wall, and I think they sum up my feelings quite nicely: A raised bar floats all our talents higher as her work inspires and we aspire... the creative hobby will be the better for this!
So long live Princess Victrix...
|beauty queen enhancements by Ramie|
and congratulations and thanks to everyone who had a part in this particular slice of hobby history!