Published: October 17, 2016
NEW ORLEANS, LA. — The top lot of three days of auctions at New Orleans Auction Galleries came late on the third day of sales, October 16. Best known for his Blue Dog” series, George Rodrigue (US/Louisiana, 1944–2013) was represented with this work, “Escort for the Kingfish,” 1990, an oil on canvas, that brought $75,000, including a 25 percent buyer’s premium.
In 1928, politician Huey P. “The Kingfish” Long was elected the 40th governor of Louisiana. During his term, the motor unit of the Louisiana State police (then known as the Law Enforcement Division of the Highway Commission) served as his personal bodyguard, escorting him to his various duties across the state. This portrait depicts the “Cajun Highway Police,” as they were affectionately known.
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