Saddles are always a highlight at Lebel’s Old West Auctions, and this year is no exception. A rare Moran Bros. Territorial Exhibition saddle (est. $20-25,000), a Bohlin silver parade ensemble (est. $30-40,000), and a Maximillian Period silver-mounted Mexican saddle (est. $15-20,000), are a sample of the various styles and eras of saddles being offered. A number of important miniature and salesman sample saddles will also cross the block, including a collection of 4 half-scale Duff Severe saddles once featured in an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (est. $50-70,000).
Lebel’s auction holds a number of sales records for art by Edward Borein, and hopes to continue that trend with an action-packed Borein watercolor that Lebel feels, “is among the very best Borein watercolors we’ve ever handled.” (est. $65-85,000). Other fine artists in the 2018 sale include Wilson Hurley, David Mann, John Moyers, Roseta Santiago, Fred Harman, Olaf Wieghorst, and many others.
In conjunction with the Auction, is the annual Mesa Old West Show. Over 180 national dealers save their best merchandise for the weekend show, which features the best in authentic western art, antiques, apparel, décor, collectibles, jewelry, books, boots, beadwork and much more. Since purchasing the High Noon event in 2014, Lebel has worked to grow the size and diversity of the weekend dealer show. Once known primarily as a Western antique show, the Mesa show now boasts over 30 additional vendors than in earlier years. “We got creative with space,” says Lebel, “and as a result we are able to host a more diverse selection of dealers overall; more contemporary artists and craftsmen especially.” The TCAA (Traditional Cowboy Arts Association) hosts their annual “Emerging Artists Competition” at the Mesa show, with the winner announced Saturday night at the opening of the live auction. A complete vendor list is available online at oldwestevents.com/vendor-list.
The 28th annual Mesa Old West Show will be held at the Mesa Convention Center from 9-4 on Saturday and 9-3 on Sunday, January 20-21, 2018. General admission is $10/day, kids under 12 are free. Discount tickets may be purchased online. A special Friday “early buy-in” is available for $100 for those who want to shop while the dealers unpack and set-up for the show.
The 28th annual Mesa Old West Auction will be held at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa, January 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Lots may be previewed for free on Friday and Saturday at the auction site. Bidding may be done live, online, mobile, by phone or absentee. Bidder registration is free, and both the auction and preview are free and open to the public.
More information on both events, including discount show tickets and auction catalog sales, is available at www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378. Even more of Old West Events can be found on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, #MesaOldWest.