A David Kulp hymnal bookplate. (Photo: Sanford Alderfer Auction & Appraisal)

Here’s something worth singing about.

Among the key lots from the estate of J. David Miller of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, was a circa-1809 hymnal bookplate showing a folkish bird above a heart. Attributed to David Kulp of Bedminster Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and illustrated in Bucks County Fraktur, the piece sold for $23,100 against an estimate of $1,500 to $2,500. That’s one pretty bird.

The auction was conducted by Sanford Alderfer on October 12, 2011. An article published in Maine Antique Digest noted competitive bidding for other frakturs, including a fragment depicting a red mermaid, which realized $10,450.

“Fraktur prices are down considerably from their spike ten years ago,” wrote Lita Solis-Cohen, “but this sale reinforced an upward trend in the fraktur market.”

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