An early 20th-century black bellied plover decoy attracted more than a mate at the auction of decoy expert William Mackey's collection. The decoy, hand-carved and painted in spring plumage by A.E. Crowell, sold for $830,000 at a Guyette and Schmidt sale in Maryland.
The single most historic and important wooden minnow to ever come to auction," claimed Lang's Auctions, and they were right. On November 4, 2006, Lang's sold the 3 7/8-inch wooden lure for $46,500.