Purchase Story

A.E. “Beanie” Backus Painting Breaks Record

On March 18 in Vero Beach, Florida, Ron Rennick Auctions, Inc., sold a landscape by Albert Ernest “Beanie” Backus (1906-1990) for $50,600 (includes buyer’s premium), establishing a new auction record for the Florida artist. Old Boats on the Shoreline, a 24" x 30" oil on canvas depicting boats built by the Backus family boat building company in Fort Pierce, Florida, sold to an art dealer from the Palm Beach area who acquired it for his personal collection. The highest previous auction price for a work by Backus was $44,850, paid at CRN Auctions on November 18, 2007, for a 25" x 30½" oil on canvas view of a Florida beach at low tide.

All 115 lots of Florida Highwaymen paintings sold at the Rennick sale. The Highwaymen were a loosely organized group of black Florida artists who sold their paintings door to door and on the roadside.

For more information, contact Ron Rennick Auctions at (772) 562-5015 or via the website (www.RennickAuctions.com).


A.E. Backus, Old Boats on the Shoreline, 24" x 30",  oil on canvas, $50,600.


Originally published in the May 2018 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2018 Maine Antique Digest

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