Being on Auctionzip has allowed me to view live sales all over the country. The framed canvas above was up for bids in an auction house in New Orleans. The catalog description said, " Portrait of an elderly man...on canvas...presented in a period oval gilt and gesso frame. 15 3/4 in. by 13 in. "
Since I am more familiar with people who lived before 1860 than those who are active today, I recognized the face as that of the great Kentucky Senator Henry Clay. I bid the minimum and won.
There was a time I would email people and volunteer information about things they had for sale but didn't know much about. Those days are over. I guess I'm not the road-show type anymore.