Tomorrow, Sotheby's is planning to auction off what their press release is calling "perhaps the earliest and most valuable weathervane to appear on the auction market in recent history" in the Important Americana sale and is expected to go for between $3-5 million.
There's a picture of it here.
It's a molded copper fireman weathervane called 'Old Jake' and dates back to around 1850. It's 73" tall and has been above the Charley Rouss Fire Company in Winchester, Virginia since just after the Civil War. The proceeds will be used to buy new fire equipment and possibly construct a new firehouse.
Charley Rouss's great-granddaughter made possible two exact copper replicas of the weathervane and one of them will replace the 'Old Jake' that's being auctioned.
I've wondered so many times how much the Iron Man in Hartselle is worth. Okay, not $3-5 million, but still....