The Estate of Snuff Garrett (1938-2015)

The Estate of Snuff Garrett 

If you don’t know who Snuff Garret is, you need to Google him immediately. One of the greatest American music record producers of all time, Snuff wasn’t just rich and famous, he was ostentatious and hilarious, fun and funny, brilliant, quick, and as foul mouthed as a man could be. He was a hoot. And he was a cowboy.

Thomas Leslie “Snuff” Garrett was born in Dallas, Texas. He dropped out of high school, became a disc jockey in Lubbock, and went on to become the most successful record producer of the 1960s and 1970s. A few of his stable of artists included Bobby Vee, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Johnny Burnette, Del Shannon, Cher, Brenda Lee, Nancy Sinatra and countless others. He worked with Phil Spector, Carole King, Leon Russell, Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds. Snuff’s great talent was his ability to know a hit song when he heard one, and know who should sing it. He was, to everyone’s agreement, a genius in that respect.

Snuff loved music, and he loved art. Along with his music friends, and Hollywood friends, Snuff had artist friends. Olaf Wieghorst, Joe Beeler, Michael Coleman, John Hampton, Tom Ryan, Gary Niblett, Harley Brown and many others. Snuff’s home was filled with art from his cowboy artist buddies. It was also filled with movie posters. Framed original lithographs hung floor to ceiling, featuring the antics of Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, Rex Allen and the others. Every room in Snuff’s house was a testament to his many passions. 

Of his many famous friends, Roy Rogers and Snuff had a particularly special relationship. Snuff grew up on Hollywood cowboys and he worshipped Roy. When, as an adult, he met and worked with Roy, the two became fast friends. Frequently Snuff referred to Roy as a “father figure.” It was clear in the way that Snuff emulated Roy (from his suits to his boots), that he had great respect for the man. They remained dear friends for life.  

Snuff was an avid collector, and not given to restraint in any way. In the 1980s he bought the then-struggling Bohlin Company after Ed passed away. He has a whole lot of Bohlin buckles to show for it. He was a member of the exclusive Charlie Russell Riders, and prized his Riders collection. But the best part about Snuff’s collecting – whether gifts from famous friends, rare movie posters, silver spurs, or anything else for that matter -- is that he did it out of love. He loved this stuff, and he took great pleasure in living with it every day. Snuff’s heart was as big as his personality.

We are honored (though saddened) to offer items from the Estate of our fu*#%ing friend, Snuff Garrett. The collection is extensive and impressive, and more pieces will be offered at our June auction in Fort Worth. Many of Snuff’s collectibles are personalized, or personal, or just plain cool. Like he was.  

If you’d like to learn more about Snuff Garrett, we recommend you do an Internet search for the Sept. 3, 1998 “Phoenix New Times” article about Snuff by Gilbert Garcia. It’s titled, “Happy Trails.”

Lot 38: Roy Rogers' Personal Eagle Boots, a gift from Roy to Snuff.   Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017 Sold $7,670

Lot 38: Roy Rogers' Personal Eagle Boots, a gift from Roy to Snuff.
Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017
Sold $7,670

Lot 130: 18K Gold Edward H. Bohlin Buckle Set with Snuff's initials in Rubies, and  Exotic Belts with Extra Tips.   Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017 Sold $8,850

Lot 130: 18K Gold Edward H. Bohlin Buckle Set with Snuff's initials in Rubies, and  Exotic Belts with Extra Tips.
Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017
Sold $8,850

Lot 272: Cattle Brand Engraved Colt Single Action. Bohlin marked sterling and 14K gold grips with high relief steer head.   Sold $18,150   Lot 273: Edward H. Bohlin Two-Tone, Sterling Gun Rig.   Sold $7,865     Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017

Lot 272: Cattle Brand Engraved Colt Single Action. Bohlin marked sterling and 14K gold grips with high relief steer head. Sold $18,150
Lot 273: Edward H. Bohlin Two-Tone, Sterling Gun Rig. Sold $7,865
Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017

Lot 194: One of several lots by Snuff's friend Olaf Wieghorst   Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017 Sold $1,534

Lot 194: One of several lots by Snuff's friend Olaf Wieghorst
Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017
Sold $1,534

Lot 43: Pair of Tom Mix Circus Original Lithograph Posters.   Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017 Sold $2,242

Lot 43: Pair of Tom Mix Circus Original Lithograph Posters.
Brian Lebel's Mesa Auction - January 21, 2017
Sold $2,242

Dennis Farina (1944-2013)

We are  proud to announce the sale of the Dennis Farina Western Art Collection as part of its 27th annual Old West Show & Auction weekend event, June 11-12, 2016 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX. Approximately ten pieces from the popular actor’s estate will cross the block, consisting primarily of early-to-mid twentieth century Western illustration and pulp art, and featuring action-packed scenes of cowboys, lawmen and bank robbers, by artists such as Buck McCain, Olaf Wieghorst and Richard Lillis. 

Dennis Farina (1944-2013) was a familiar face in both film and television. A busy actor, he is probably best known for his role as Detective Joe Fontana on “Law and Order.” Frequently cast as either a mobster or a cop, he was “discovered” while working in the burglary division of the Chicago Police Department. Though his characters were cops and robbers, Dennis, like so many men of his generation, wanted to be a cowboy. In a 2005 “TV Guide” article he was quoted as saying, “I would love to play a real old-style cowboy like Rooster Cogburn.” 

Brian Lebel, auction owner (and fan of western pulp and illustration art himself), is thrilled to be offering the actor’s collection. “I always liked the characters Dennis played,” Lebel says. “He could be both serious and comedic at the same time. The art in his collection is like that too.”   

The Dennis Farina Art Collection: Lots 77 - 84.

Brian Lebel's Old West Auction - June 11, 2016
 

Lot 77 - Harry Kane Kirchner (1912 - 1988) Untitled: Poker Game Sold $182

Lot 77 - Harry Kane Kirchner (1912 - 1988)
Untitled: Poker Game
Sold $182

Lot 79 - Richard Lillis Untitled: Gunfight   Sold $188

Lot 79 - Richard Lillis
Untitled: Gunfight
Sold $188

Lot 82 - Keith Christie (b. 1935)  Sold $708

Lot 82 - Keith Christie (b. 1935)
Sold $708