The first sale each year for Garth’s Auctions in Delaware, Ohio, tends to be not only a mixed affair but also a mouthful. Described by the company as offering “American Antiques and European & Asian Furniture & Decorative Arts,” the January 14 event included all the above, but the day belonged largely to the American side of things. That’s not surprising, considering that country antiques and Americana are still the company’s strong suit. Even so, the top lot of the day wasn’t what most bidders might have expected. It certainly wasn’t a stereotypical piece of Americana. Trophy Wives by Terry Rodgers (b. 1947), a large oil painting of nude men and women at a pool party, sold within estimates
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