Borein Watercolor Brings Top Dollar at Lebel's Mesa Old West Auction

The top lot at Brian Lebel’s Mesa Old West Auction was an action-packed watercolor by cowboy artist Edward Borein that realized $76,700 in front of a packed house at the 28th annual sale. 

MESA, AZ – 305 auction lots crossed the block on Saturday evening, January 20th at Brian Lebel’s Mesa Old West Auction, held live at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa in Mesa, Ariz. Total live sales topped $1.1 million, with an impressive 94.3% sell-through rate. The auction opened to a standing room only crowd of approximately 600 people, with additional bidders on 2 Internet platforms and a busy phone bank, as well as brisk absentee bidding.   

The top seller of the night was lot 139, an Edward Borein watercolor that sold for $76,700, firmly within its $65,000 – 85,000 presale estimate. Lebel’s auctions traditionally do extremely well with Borein’s work, and hold a number of auction sales records for the artist. A smaller watercolor by the artist brought $12,980. The second highest selling lot was lot 201, a shirt, leggings and moccasins outfit that belonged to famed Apache Chief and Geronimo’s nephew, Asa Daklugie, which brought $56,050 to an absentee bidder.

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Continuing the recent trend, cowboy material was very strong. A Bohlin Rose Parade silver parade saddle that once belonged to Bob Tanner brought more than its high estimate of $40,000 realizing $47,200 to a determined phone bidder. Miniature saddles did exceptionally well, with the one-of-a-kind L.D. Stone salesman sample-sized saddle that almost doubled its low estimate, ultimately realizing $44,250 to a floor bidder in the room. The highly anticipated set of Duff Severe salesman sample-sized saddles that had once been displayed at the Smithsonian realized $26,550.

Salesman sample saddles were not the only popular miniatures of the evening. A group of three Roy Luttrell miniature wagons each brought more than 4 times their high estimates of $4,000, selling for $18,800, $20,060 and $21,240 each after fast-paced bidding between a floor bidder and an absentee bidder. They were the runaway items of the night, resulting in a round of applause from the packed room.  

Hollywood cowboys did well, with a Matt Dillon “Gunsmoke” used Colt Single Action bringing $24,780 to a floor bidder, which was more than twice its low estimate of $10,000. Monte Hale’s Colt Single Action realized $9,440, almost 8 times its low estimate of $1,200. Who says the old Hollywood cowboys have been forgotten?

Auction owner, Brian Lebel is pleased with the results. “I am thrilled to see that cowboy material continues to sell well,” says Lebel. “This business is always changing, but it’s heartening to know that great material still sells for great prices. We say that all the time in our business, but it’s nice to be reminded that it’s true.”

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The Old West Show saw record-breaking crowds on Saturday, and brisk dealer and early-buy-in sales on Friday. Vendors were extremely happy, and there were numerous reports of nearly sold-out booths and six-figure sales. Next year’s Mesa Event dates are January 26, 2019 for the Auction and Jan 26-27 for the Mesa Old West Show. The June Cody Old West Show & Auction will celebrate its 29th annual event this June 23-24, 2018 at its new venue in Santa Fe, NM at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Visit OldWestEvents.com for details.

(all prices include buyer’s premium)

Two Borein Bucking Bronco Watercolors to Cross the Auction Block at Lebel’s January Mesa Auction

The 2018 Western art and antiques event season kicks-off with Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction, January 20-21, 2018 in Mesa, AZ, featuring over 180 weekend show dealers, and over 300 live auction lots, including two fine watercolors by the western master, Edward Borein. 

 Edward Borein, A Bucking Bronco, Watercolor , 8 3/4" x 13 1/4" 

Edward Borein, A Bucking Bronco, Watercolor , 8 3/4" x 13 1/4" 

Mesa, AZ – 300-plus lots will cross the block on Saturday night, January 20th, at Brian Lebel’s annual Western Americana auction of authentic art, antiques and artifacts. Formerly known as the “High Noon Show & Auction,” the weekend event also includes a two-day dealer show and sale that hosts over 180 vendors in cowboy, American Western and Native American art, antiques and design.

In the fine art category, the auction features works by both contemporary and deceased western artists, including a number of etchings, and two watercolors by the famous California painter, Ed Borein. Lebel’s auction holds a number of sales records for art by Borein, and hopes to continue that trend with the catalog cover lot, an action-packed Borein bucking horse 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 Roseta Santiago, Mehl Lawson, A. Leslie Ross, Leonard Reedy, Olaf Wieghorst, Nicholas Firfires, William Gollings, Wilson Hurley, Fred Harman, Grant McDonald, John Moyers, Terri Kelly Moyers, Will James, Roy Luttrell, Eric Michaels, Alexander Phimister Proctor, and many others.

 Edward Borein, Bucking Bronco,  Watercolor, 7 1/4" x 5 1/2" 

Edward Borein, Bucking Bronco, 
Watercolor, 7 1/4" x 5 1/2" 

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).

Since purchasing the High Noon event in 2014, Lebel’s Old West Events has worked to grow the size and diversity of the weekend dealer Old West 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.

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.

Beaded hide outfit of Apache Chief, Asa Daklugie, to Cross the Auction Block at the 28th Annual Old West Show & Auction in Mesa, Arizona

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The 2018 Western art and antiques event season kicks-off with Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction, January 20-21, 2018 in Mesa, AZ, featuring over 180 weekend show dealers, and over 300 live auction lots, including an outfit owned by Geronimo’s nephew and Apache chief, Asa (Ace) Daklugie. 

Mesa, AZ – 300-plus lots will cross the block on Saturday night, January 20th, at Brian Lebel’s annual Western Americana auction of authentic art, antiques and artifacts. Formerly known as the “High Noon Show & Auction,” the weekend event also includes a two-day dealer show and sale that hosts over 180 vendors in cowboy, American Western and Native American art, antiques and design.

Among the many historic pieces being offered at auction is Apache leader, Asa Daklugie’s hide shirt, leggings and long “boots.” Asa Daklugie (1872(?)-1955), son of Juh, was Geronimo’s treasured nephew and chosen successor,  who served as interpreter for Geronimo, and was the primary interview subject of Eve Ball’s seminal work on the Apache, “Indeh: An Apache Odyssey.” The book features a 1940s photograph of Asa wearing the shirt as its frontispiece. A copy of the book is included in the lot, which is estimated at $25,000-35,000. Auction owner, Brian Lebel, is proud to offer the great Apache Chief’s outfit. “He was, and is, one of the most respected and revered of the Apache leaders, and rightfully so,” says Lebel. “It is an honor to handle these pieces.”

Also from the Apache region are fine Southwest baskets from the collection of Bill and Marilynn Lenox of Dallas, Texas (estimates from $300 to $5,000). A rare Comanche boy’s shirt will be offered (est. $6-8,000), as well as a striking Sioux beaded and ochre dress from the turn of the 20th century (est. $8-10,000). An 1871 Ulysses S. Grant peace medal will also cross the block (est. $10-12,000). The sale will include artifacts in all price ranges, including a classic and attractive pair of Plains beaded and hide moccasins (est. 6-700).

 Moran Bros. Territorial Exhibition saddle

Moran Bros. Territorial Exhibition saddle

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.

Rare Alfred Jacob Miller Watercolor Sells for $141,600 at Lebel’s Old West Auction

The top lot at Brian Lebel’s 28th annual Old West Auction was a small watercolor by American frontier artist Alfred Jacob Miller that realized $141,600 after spirited bidding.  

FORT WORTH, TX – 420 auction lots crossed the block on the evening of June 10, 2017 at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction, held live at the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall of the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Total sales were just shy of $1 million with an astonishing 94% sell-through rate. Approximately 300 people attended the live event, with several hundred more bidding on the Internet and phone.  

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The top seller of the night was lot 179, an Alfred Jacob Miller watercolor that sold for $141,600, firmly within its $125,000 - 175,000 presale estimate. Miller traveled and painted the far American West in the early frontier years, and though he was not particularly famous in his lifetime, he is now considered among the greatest painters of the American West. 

As always, cowboy artifacts and trappings were strong sellers, with a custom and rare pair of Bob Boone spurs bringing $41,300 to an excited floor bidder, and realizing more than twice their low estimate. A pair of custom Bohlin spurs designed to commemorate the Texas Sesquicentennial realized an impressive $17,700. Also by Bohlin was a stunning “Beverly Special” parade saddle, which brought $20,650, just surpassing its high estimate of $20,000.

There are always a few surprise run-away items, and this sale was no exception. A wonderful photograph of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West cast that had been taken at Auburn prison sold for $4,720, which was more than 5 times its low estimate. Also selling at more than 5 times its low estimate was a Colt revolver that had been used by actress Gail Davis in the television character of Annie Oakley. Estimated at $1,800 – 2,400, it sold for $10,030 to a phone bidder.

Auction owner, Brian Lebel is pleased with the results, and equally pleased with the overall interest in the sale. “We had great response,” Lebel says. “We had an increase in bidders over last June on every level: live, phone and internet.” He attributes the uptick to the wide variety of material offered. “This was one of those auctions where there was a little bit of everything, in all price ranges no less. That keeps it interesting for more people.” 

Lebel’s Old West Events also hosts the annual Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show and Auction in Mesa, Arizona, which will be held January 20-21, 2018. For more information about either event, including how to become a Show vendor or Auction consignor, visit www.oldwestevents.com or call 480-779-9378.
(all prices include buyer’s premium)

Gold and Sterling Custom Buckles from the Collection of Texas Style Icon, Harry Hudson, to Cross the Auction Block this June in Fort Worth, Texas

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Custom Hudson and Bohlin buckles and other fine accessories from the personal collection of Harry Hudson of Dallas and Marfa fame, to be sold live at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction June 10th.

FORT WORTH, TX – Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction is proud to offer at auction fine custom buckles and similar items from the personal collection of Texas celebrity, Harry H. Hudson. The collection, of which approximately 16 pieces will be offered, includes custom designs by Hudson himself, as well as Edward H. Bohlin pieces. Among the Bohlin buckles is a YO Ranch trophy buckle in 18K gold and sterling that is estimated to sell for $5,500 – 7,500. The live auction will be held on June 10, 2017 in Fort Worth, TX. Over 400 lots total of authentic western art and artifacts are scheduled to cross the block that evening, with pre-auction estimates exceeding $1.4 million.
 
Auction owner, Brian Lebel has known Hudson for decades, and says of him, “Harry know quality. He exudes it – from his boots to his hat. But like every good Texan, he knows the belt buckle is key.” Lebel is thrilled to have the opportunity. “I have always admired Harry’s taste,” Lebel says, “and I’m honored to handle some of his finest pieces.”

All auction lots may be previewed on-site during auction weekend. Bidding may be done in-person, online, by telephone or absentee. Bidder registration, the auction, and preview are all free and open to the public. A full-color, auction catalog is available for purchase, or lots may be viewed online at bid.oldwestevents.com. The auction is held in conjunction with a weekend western fine art and antiquities show featuring over 100 nationwide vendors. Both the show and auction are held at the Amon G. Carter Jr Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Details, auction highlights, catalog sales and much more are available at: www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

Iconic Record Producer and Dallas Native, Snuff Garrett’s Western Memorabilia Collection at Auction

Items from Snuff Garrett’s legendary collection of Hollywood Cowboy Memorabilia will be sold at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction, June 10, 2017 in Fort Worth, TX.

FORT WORTH, TX – Old West Events is pleased to announce Part II of the auction of items from Snuff Garrett’s Fine Western Collection. One of the most successful American record producers of all time, Snuff Garrett was raised in the golden era of the Hollywood cowboy, and his collection includes original movie posters, fine art, photographs, Edward H. Bohlin custom work, and iconic Hollywood memorabilia. Approximately 70 pieces from Snuff’s personal collection will be offered at the annual sale, which will be held live on June 10, 2017 in Fort Worth, TX. Over 400 lots total of authentic western art and artifacts are scheduled to cross the block that evening, with pre-auction estimates exceeding $1.4 million.
 
This is the second auction this year from Old West Events to feature Garrett’s pieces. Auction owner, Brian Lebel was a personal friend of Snuff’s and is honored to have the opportunity to find new homes for Snuff’s favorite pieces. “Snuff was always a Texas boy at heart,” says Lebel. “He might have been a big-shot in Los Angeles, but he never forgot where he came from.” Lebel is quick to add, “And he never let anyone else forget it either.”

All auction lots may be previewed on-site during auction weekend. Bidding may be done in-person, online, by telephone or absentee. Bidder registration, the auction, and preview are all free and open to the public. A full-color, auction catalog is available for purchase, or lots may be viewed online at bid.oldwestevents.com. The auction is held in conjunction with a weekend western fine art and antiquities show featuring over 100 nationwide vendors. Both the show and auction are held at the Amon G. Carter Jr Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Details, auction highlights, catalog sales and much more are available at: www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

Snuff Garrett (1938 -2015)
Thomas Lesslie “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, Fred Harman, Bob Scriber, Grant Speed 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. He also loved the flash and fashion of the Hollywood cowboy, and purchased the famous Bohlin Company shortly after Ed Bohlin’s death. His custom Bohlin pieces are as fun as he was. These are a few of the pieces from Snuff’s lifetime collection to be offered at this special June sale.

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Custer Battlefield Gun Sells for $258,750 at Historic $1.5 Million Old West Auction

The first firearm to be forensically proven to have been at The Battle of the Little Bighorn sold for over a quarter of a million dollars at the 27th annual Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction in Mesa, Arizona.

Indian-used Sharps from Custer's Last Stand - Sold $258,750

MESA, AZ – It was standing room only with a crowd of nearly 800 people at the 27th annual live auction of authentic Western art and artifacts, where 435 lots crossed the block at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa for Brian Lebel’s High Noon auction presented by Old West Events. Total sales topped $1.5 million, with the top lot of the night – the historic, Indian-used Custer Battlefield Sharps Rifle – bringing $258,750 to a bidder on the phone. With nearly as many registered phone and Internet bidders and live bidders, the bidding was fast-paced and exciting, with an overall sell-through rate of 92.6%.

Other notable sales from the auction included the back cover lot, an Edward Borein watercolor, which sold within estimate at $51,750. Lebel’s auctions specialize in Borein’s work, and currently hold the auction record for a Borein watercolor. Another impressive lot of the evening was the Keyston Bros. World’s Fair Exhibition saddle, which hammered well over estimate after a spirited bidding war between the floor bidders and a determined phone bidder, with the floor ultimately winning the exquisite saddle for $115,000.*

Roy Rogers' Nudie's suit (from the Estate of Snuff Garrett), shown in this publicity shot, sold for more than twice its low estimate, bringing $12,260.

Cowboy trappings were particularly strong this sale, with an impressive pair of spurs that belonged to the legendary Charlie Sample bringing above estimate at $34,500. A stunning engraved Colt Single Action realized over triple its low estimate, selling for $18,150. The first of two Old West Events auctions offering items from the estate of Snuff Garrett, the sale proved that both Snuff and his collections remain well remembered and respected. Snuff’s Roy Rogers Nudies outfit, for example, brought $12,260, more than twice its low estimate.

Brian Lebel, auction owner, is thrilled with the sale and enthusiastic about the art and auction markets. “A number of important things happened at this auction,” says Lebel. “I am happy that cowboy material is making a strong comeback, and I am very happy to report that we sold a significant number of lots to buyers who are brand new to us.” He adds, “There is a perception that the western collectibles industry is in the hands of a few select buyers. I can assure you after the results of the Mesa auction, and the sheer numbers of new and seasoned successful bidders, that this is not true.”

Old West Events also hosts a weekend vendor show in conjunction with the auction. The show drew a record number of vendors at 183, as well as record breaking attendance numbers, with well over 3,000 people attending. Numerous vendors reported having, “Our best show ever!” or “Our best Mesa sales ever!” Says Lebel, “Early buy-in was extremely high, and Saturday crowds were unlike any we’ve seen in over a decade.” Next year’s 28th annual Mesa show and auction is scheduled for January 20-21, 2018, and the annual Fort Worth Show & Auction will be held this June 10-11, 2017.

More information on all of Old West Events’ shows and auctions – including the full prices realized list for the current Mesa sale – can be found on the website www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

*(all reported prices include buyers premium)

Iconic Record Producer, Snuff Garrett’s Western Memorabilia Collection at Auction

Items from Snuff Garrett’s legendary collection of Hollywood Cowboy Memorabilia will be sold at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction, January 21, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona.

Snuff Garrett and Roy Rogers.

Mesa, AZ – Old West Events is pleased to announce the auction of items from Snuff Garrett’s Fine Western Collection. One of the most successful American record producers of all time, Snuff Garrett was raised in the golden era of the Hollywood cowboy, and his collection includes original movie posters, fine art, Nudie’s Rodeo Tailor outfits, Edward H. Bohlin custom work, and Roy Rogers’ personal items. Over 80 pieces* from Snuff’s collection will be offered at the 28th annual sale, which will be held live on January 21, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona. An overall total of 439 lots of authentic western art and artifacts are scheduled to cross the block that evening, with pre-auction estimates exceeding $2 million.

 Snuff's custom Charlie Russell Riders Directors Chair. Estimate $800-1,400.

Snuff's custom Charlie Russell Riders Directors Chair. Estimate $800-1,400.

Auction owner, Brian Lebel, feels honored to work with Snuff’s estate. “I knew Snuff personally, and well,” Lebel says. “One of the many things that always impressed me about him was not that he had all this great stuff—anybody can buy things—but that he truly loved all the stuff. He was a passionate collector, and I’ve always respected that.”

An auction preview is held on-site during auction weekend. Bidding may be done in-person, online, by telephone or absentee. The auction, bidder registration, and the auction preview are all free and open to the public. A full-color, auction catalog is available for purchase, or lots may be viewed online at bid.oldwestevents.com. The auction is held in conjunction with a weekend-long western art and antique show. The show is held at the Mesa Convention Center; the auction is held at the adjacent Phoenix Marriot Mesa. Details, auction highlights, catalog sales and much more are available at: www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

 Roy Rogers' double eagle boots that he gifted to Snuff. Estimate $3,000-3,500.

Roy Rogers' double eagle boots that he gifted to Snuff. Estimate $3,000-3,500.

* Additional items from the collection will be offered at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction, June 10, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. Details at oldwestevents.com

About Snuff Garrett (1938 -2015):
Thomas Lesslie “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. These are among the pieces being offered for auction in January and June.

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. Personal pieces given by Roy to Snuff are included in the sale, including a pair of Roy’s iconic double eagle cowboy boots.

Snuff and his friend, Western artist Olaf Wieghorst.

Personal items of John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Tom Mix and other Hollywood Cowboys at January Auction

John Wayne’s movie-worn shirt, Roy Rogers’ eagle boots, and Tom Mix’s batwing chaps are among the memorabilia of the golden era of the Hollywood cowboy that will cross the block at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction on January 21st in Mesa, Arizona.

 Label from John Wayne movie shirt by Western Costume Co. Estimate $3,000-4,000.

Label from John Wayne movie shirt by Western Costume Co. Estimate $3,000-4,000.

Mesa, AZ – Hollywood cowboys are coming to the desert at Old West Events’ annual live auction of authentic western art and artifacts, including personal items from the some of the most famous film and television cowboys of our time. Among the notable collectibles being offered is a John Wayne shirt by Western Costume Co. that Wayne wore in numerous films (estimate $3,000-4,000); a number of personal items from Roy Rogers, including boots, hats and photographs; and many lots related to Tom Mix, both personal items and original lithograph posters. 439 total lots will be offered at the sale on Saturday night, January 21st, with pre-auction estimates totaling over $2.2 million.

 Tom Mix original lithograph poster. 

Tom Mix original lithograph poster. 

“In our business we talk a lot about how we’re losing the audience who knows who Tom Mix was,” says auction owner Brian Lebel. “And people get nervous.” He goes on, “As long as we continue to value these rare collectibles, if we remember that they are artifacts of a period in American history, we won’t forget. Tom Mix’s career began over a century ago, these items are historic.”

All lots may be previewed on-site during auction weekend. Bidding may be done live, online, by telephone or absentee. The auction and preview are both free and open to the public. A full-color, auction catalog is available for purchase, or lots may be viewed online at bid.oldwestevents.com. The auction is held in conjunction with a weekend-long western art and antique vendor show. The show is held at the Mesa Convention Center; the auction is held at the adjacent Phoenix Marriot Mesa. Details, auction highlights, catalog sales and much more is available at: www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

 Tom Mix's personal Stetson hat with original box. Estimate $3,000-4,000.

Tom Mix's personal Stetson hat with original box. Estimate $3,000-4,000.

Notable among the Tom Mix items for auction are his personal batwing chaps (estimate $15,000-25,000); a Stetson hat with its original box (est. $3,000-4,000); custom cowboy boots (est. $8,000-12,000); and a custom pair of Bob Baldwin, Canon City Penitentiary made spurs with Edward H. Bohlin straps (est. $20,000-30,000). In addition to Roy Rogers’ red-white-and-blue double eagle boots (est. $3,000-3,500), is an iconic Roy Rogers’ Nudie’s Rodeo Tailor outfit (estimate $5,000-8,000), and a Nudie’s hat with silver hatband that is inscribed by Roy to his friend, famed record producer, Snuff Garrett (est. $2,000-2,500).

Other Hollywood cowboys represented in the sale include Rex Allen, Tim McCoy, James Arness, Gene Autry, Monte Montana and Will Rogers.

Geronimo’s Necklace and Original Signature for Sale at Auction

A leather and beaded necklace that once belonged to Geronimo, and a signature purchased in 1893 from the famed Apache warrior, will both be offered at auction on January 21, 2017 at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction in Mesa, Arizona.

Relic condition necklace that belonged to Geronimo. Estimate $20,000-30,000.

Mesa, AZ – 439 total lots are scheduled to cross the block on Saturday night, January 21st, at Old West Events’ annual live auction of authentic western art and artifacts, with pre-auction estimates totaling over $2.2 million. Among the many historic items being offered are two that are directly related to the infamous Apache hero, Geronimo: his necklace (estimate $20,000-30,000), and a framed, original signature (estimate $3,000-4,000).

Copy of 1958 newspaper article featuring the story of Geronimo's necklace.

Brian Lebel, auction owner, is pleased to offer the two authentic pieces. “Both of the items are accompanied by provenance,” he says. “And both also have great stories that go with them. I like it when that happens – when history and personality come together”

The necklace was collected by a young man during Geronimo’s capture, and passed through his family, until it was eventually sold because there was no family left to leave it to. The signature, which is framed along with a photo, was one that was purchased from Geronimo for 50 cents at the Buffalo Exhibition of 1893, while the famous prisoner was “on exhibition.”

Another auction item with Native American history is the top estimated lot of the evening, an 1874 Sharps rifle that was forensically proven to have been used by Indian warriors at Custer’s Last Stand. The gun, which has been featured in numerous books and publications, is estimated to sell for between $300,000 – 500,000.

All lots may be previewed on-site during auction weekend. Bidding may be done live, online, by telephone or absentee. The auction and preview are both free and open to the public. A full-color, auction catalog is available for purchase, or lots may be viewed online at bid.oldwestevents.com. The auction is held in conjunction with a weekend-long western art and antique vendor show. The show is held at the Mesa Convention Center; the auction is held at the adjacent Phoenix Marriot Mesa. Details, auction highlights, catalog sales and much more is available at: www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378. 

Historic Indian Rifle from the Custer Battlefield for Sale at Mesa Auction

The first firearm forensically proven to have been used at the Battle of The Little Bighorn will be auctioned at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction in Mesa, Arizona, January 21, 2017.

Custer-Battlefield-Rifle

Mesa, AZ - December 2016:
439 lots will cross the block on Saturday night, January 21st, at Brian Lebel’s Old West Events’ annual live auction of authentic western art and artifacts, with pre-auction estimates totaling over $2 million. The top estimated lot of the evening is an 1874 Sharps rifle, forensically proven to have been used by Native American warriors at Custer’s Last Stand. The lot includes copies of provenance and forensics. The gun, which has been featured in numerous books and publications, is estimated to sell for between $300,000 – 500,000.

The auction is held in conjunction with a weekend western antique show, and an auction preview is held during show hours. Auction bidding may be done live, online, by telephone or absentee. The auction and preview are both free and open to the public. A full-color, auction catalog is available for purchase, or lots may be viewed online. Details, auction highlights, catalog sales and much more is available at: www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

View additional photos of this lot at our online auction catalog by clicking here. View the entire online catalog here.

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE CUSTER BATTLEFIELD INDIAN RIFLE:
The First Firearm Forensically Proven to have been used at Custer’s Last Stand

In 1883, seven years after the resounding defeat of Custer and his 7th Cavalry near the Little Bighorn River in Montana Territory, a rancher by the name of Willis Spear collected a number of artifacts while passing through the battlefield site with his family; a visit he recorded in his diary. This Sharps rifle, serial number C54586, was among the items he removed. It would remain in the Spear family for over a century.

 In August 1983, more than 100 years after what is among the most famous battles fought on American soil, a grassfire raged across the plains of the Custer Battlefield National Monument. This fire, having denuded the land of its thick grassy vegetation, paved the way for an archeological study that would exponentially further our knowledge of that fateful battle.

In the Spring of 1984, with funding from the Custer Battlefield Museum and Historical Association, and support from the National Park Service, an intensive archeological survey and excavation was conducted, in which thousands of artifacts were recovered and recorded, over 2,000 of which were battle-related ammunition artifacts such as cartridges, casings and the like. Using modern day archeological, forensic and ballistic techniques, the investigators were able to determine hundreds of individual gun makes and models used at the battle, the locations of their use, and even track the movement of individual weapons across the battlefield.

The ability to use forensics and ballistics to identify cartridges and casings was so compelling, the next logical step was to see if any could be specifically matched to any of the “known” Custer Battlefield firearms. Harmon and Scott write in their 1988 “Man at Arms” article, “The comparison process was very slow since it literally required us to look at hundreds of cases, and compare each against the evidence case. Incredible as it may seem, we did find a match between a .50-70 evidence case and an archeological specimen .50-70 case.”

The article goes on to state, “The archeological specimen was found southeast of Lt. James Calhoun’s position… There is no doubt this location is an Indian position… The archeological specimen also matched another archeological specimen found on Greasy Grass Ridge, southwest of the Calhoun position… This archeological evidence indicates this particular .50-70 firearm was used in two different Indian positions during the fighting around Calhoun Hill.”

The .50-70 in question is Sharps serial number C54586, the Spear family’s rifle. Shipped new from the Sharps factory in 1875, it still exists today as a genuine, Indian-used artifact of the most infamous battle of the American West.  

Authentic Cowboy, Indian and Western Antiques, Art and Artifacts for Sale at Lebel’s High Noon Show and Auction this January in Mesa, AZ

Shop, sell, browse, learn and explore the Old West at Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show & Auction’s 27th annual event, with a weekend vendor sale, and exciting live Saturday auction, in Mesa, Ariz, Jan 21-22, 2017.

Mesa, AZ - December 2016:  Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show & Auction returns to Mesa this January to celebrate its 27th year as the Southwest’s premiere event for collectors, dealers and enthusiasts of the art and collectibles of the Old West and the western lifestyle. Consisting of a weekend-long vendor sale of 170 dealers, and a live Saturday night auction of more than 400 lots, the weekend showcases the very best in authentic cowboy, Indian and western art, antiques, artifacts and other fine merchandise. The Show will be held at the Mesa Convention Center, January 21-22, 2017; the Auction takes place at the adjacent Phoenix Marriott Mesa on Saturday, January 21st at 5:00 pm.

Lebel’s weekend dealer show hosts over 170 vendors from around the country, offering authentic western art, antiques, apparel, jewelry, furniture, antique & historic firearms, books, boots, spurs, horse gear, cowboy trappings, collectibles and much more. General admission to the show is $10 per day, kids under 12 free. The annual Traditional Cowboy Arts Association “Emerging Artist” competition will be held during the show, with a People’s Choice Vote and cash awards. This year’s contest category is saddlemaking.

The live Saturday night auction will see over 400 lots of authentic western art and artifacts cross the block, with pre-sale estimates exceeding $2.2 million. The highest estimated lot of this year’s exciting sale is a Model 1874 Sharps Rifle with provenance to the Custer Battlefield. Estimated at $300,000 – 500,000, this firearm was the first to be forensically proven to have been at the Battle of Little Big Horn, and can be traced to two known Indian positions on the battlefield. All lots are open to preview on-site, and bidding may be done live, online, by telephone or absentee. The auction and preview are both free and open to the public. A full-color, auction catalog is available for purchase, or lots may be viewed online.

Additional auction highlights include a number of important estates, including that of legendary record producer, Snuff Garret. His impressive collection includes rare and desirable lithographs from the golden age of the Hollywood cowboy; personal items from Roy Rogers (whom Snuff often referred to as his “adopted father”) including a pair of Roy’s iconic double-eagle boots; and a number of custom and personalized Edward H. Bohlin pieces from the time when Snuff owned the Bohlin Company.

Show and auction details, highlights, vendor lists, catalogs, tickets and much more are available at: www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show General Admission Schedule and Location:
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm  
Sunday, Jan 22, 2017: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm    
Mesa Convention Center
 263 N. Center St, Mesa, AZ 85201

$10 per day, under 12 fee. Free parking. Discount tickets and Friday early buy-in tickets available online.

Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction Schedule and Location:
Saturday, Jan 21, 2016: 5:00 pm – finish   
Auction Preview: Jan 20, 9:00 – 5:00   
Saturday Jan 21, 9:00 - 4:30
Phoenix Marriott Mesa
200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201
(next door to the show)

Auction and Preview both free and open to the public. Catalogs available for purchase ($30 US) or view online.

Western Art from Estate of Actor Dennis Farina for Sale at Auction in Fort Worth, Texas

FORT WORTH – Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction is 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.” 

Untitled oil painting by Richard Lillis
Pre-Auction Estimate $600-900

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 is part of over 400 lots of authentic western art and Americana to be offered at Lebel’s 27th annual Old West Auction. Held at the Amon G. Carter Jr Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial, the auction is set for 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 11, 2016. An auction preview is offered, and both the auction and preview are free and open to the public. Internet, phone and absentee bidding options are also available. Catalogs are available for purchase, or lots may be viewed online at bid.oldwestevents.com. For more information visit www.oldwestevents.com or call 480-779-9378.

Shop Authentic Western Art, Antiques and Fine Merchandise at the Old West Show & Auction, June 11-12, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas

Buy, sell or trade with over 200 exceptional vendors at Brian Lebel’s Old West Show’s 27th annual dealer sale, or bid at the exciting live Saturday night Old West Auction of Cowboy, Indian and Western art and artifacts.

Fort Worth, TX – The Nation’s largest and most important annual event for collectors and enthusiasts of the American West will be held June 11-12, 2016 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX. Celebrating its 27th year (its 2nd annual in Texas), Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction hosts over 200 dealers and exhibitors in authentic western fine art, collectibles, apparel, jewelry, home design, antique & historic firearms, books, boots, spurs, saddles and other fine merchandise. Museums, Magazines, Authors and Non-Profits round out the exhibitors. General admission to the Show is $10/day, kids under 12 free. Discount tickets and early buy-in available at www.oldwestevents.com. 

Bidding is fast and furious at the live, Saturday night Old West Auction of 400 lots of authentic, fine western art and artifacts with estimates exceeding $1.5 million. A preview will be held Friday and Saturday. The auction and preview are both free and open to the public. Bidding may also be done online, by phone or absentee. Catalogs available for $30 or lots may be viewed online. 

Among a number of notable auction lots with Texas history, are Dallas Cowboy’s former owner Bum Bright’s personal Bohlin saddle (estimate $35,000-45,000), and Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Honoree, Clint People’s Remington Rifle (estimate $5,000-6,000). For those interested in Hollywood cowboys, there’s Jimmy Stewart’s suit from “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (estimate $2,500-3,500), and the “new-fangled” barber chair where Wyatt got his shave in the iconic scene from “My Darling Clementine” (estimate $1,500-2,500).  

Blackfoot War Shirt brings $109,250 at Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction in Mesa, Arizona

A Blackfoot man’s beaded and hide shirt was top seller at the 26th annual auction of western art and Americana, which saw over 400 lots cross the block and realized $1.4 million in sales.

MESA, AZ – Nearly 500 people attended the 26th annual Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction in Mesa, Arizona on Saturday night, January 23rd, bidding on 430 lots of authentic cowboy, Indian and Western art and artifacts. Held at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa, the sale drew almost as many phone and internet bidders as live ones, keeping the phone-bank and the ring-men busy all night. With total sales topping $1.4 million, and lots in every price range, the fast-paced sale realized an incredible 93.5% sell-through rate.

From cover to cover, the sale was strong; the evening’s top seller was the catalog front cover lot, a Blackfoot man’s war shirt that sold for $109,250 to a phone bidder. (It was one of many Native American artifacts to bring impressive prices.) The back cover of the catalog, an Edward Borein watercolor, sold for $51,750, well above its presale estimate of $30,000-35,000. Lebel’s auctions are well-known for their Borein sales, as his June “Old West Auction” currently holds the Borein watercolor record.

Other notable western fine artists also brought fine prices, including a large and impressive Howard Post of a trio of horses that sold above estimate at $27,225; a LaVerne Nelson Black that more than doubled its low estimate, selling for $14,160; and a Charlie Russell bronze, which sold firmly within estimate at $9,200. Among the fine art bargains of the evening was a lively Ernesto Icaza, estimated at $15,000-25,000 that realized $12,980.

Saddles, spurs and other cowboy trappings are always big sellers, with a bit and spur set from Goldberg/Staunton bringing $40,250 after a bidding war between the phones and the floor, with the floor bidder ultimately prevailing. Historic firearms did well, as was evidenced by the sale of a Trapdoor Officer’s Model sporting rifle that sold above estimate for $19,550. An historic Ulysses S. Grant Peace Medal sold for $37,375 after yet another floor versus phone bidding frenzy.

Brian Lebel, auction owner, is pleased with the sale and enthusiastic about the market. His weekend vendor sale that accompanies the auction – Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show – was equally as successful, with record-breaking attendance and millions of dollars in sales. According to Lebel, “despite plummeting stocks, global conflict, record breaking snow, and an election year, it is clear from our crowds and results that the western art and antiques market remains robust and shows no signs of slowing.” Lebel is also happy with the growing global interest in the industry. “We had vendors and shoppers from around the world,” says Lebel. “I personally spoke to folks from Germany, Belgium, France and Tokyo.”

Next year’s Mesa High Noon Show & Auction will be held January 21-22, 2017 at the Mesa Convention Center and Phoenix Marriott Mesa, respectively. Lebel’s next event is the 27th annual “Old West Show & Auction” which will be held June 11-12, 2016 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information on any of these events, visit www.oldwestevents.com or call 480-779-9378.

(all reported prices include buyers premium)


Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction Chosen to Guide the Sale of the Legendary Dixie W. Thompson Silver Saddle

Historic silver saddle that belonged to Santa Barbara icon, Dixie W. Thompson, will be offered for sale for the first time ever at Lebel’s June Old West Auction in Fort Worth, Texas.

FORT WORTH, TX – May 1, 2015: Old West Events announced that it has been selected by the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco, California, to bring to auction the Dixie W. Thompson Silver Saddle Outfit, which the museum has proudly held for nearly a century. Proceeds will benefit the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco’s acquisition funds. The circa 1889 custom saddle was the work of S. Loomis Saddlery Company for the Santa Barbara rancher, capitalist and former sea captain, Dixie W. Thompson. The silver work, fashioned using bullion from Mexican silver dollars, took over two years to complete and is attributed to the Tiffany-trained master, Edwin Field. The complete outfit, with equally detailed custom silver reins, bridle, bit, and cinch has a presale estimate of $60,000-80,000, and has never been offered for sale before now. Lebel’s 26th annual Old West Auction will be held live beginning at 5:00 pm, June 6, 2015 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The auction is free and open to the public. 

“This is an incredible opportunity to own a true masterwork,” says auction founder, Brian Lebel. “The Dixie Thompson saddle outfit represents some of the very finest work by some of the best artisans of any era. Together they created one of the most magnificent saddles ever produced in America.” Dixie’s saddle was exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and made frequent parade appearances with Mr. Thompson aboard. The saddle was written about in numerous newspapers, and had a reputation in its day as, “an exquisite work of art” and “the most expensive saddle in the world.”

The auction features approximately 400 total lots, and other notable saddle makers are well-represented, including Edward H. Bohlin and S.C Foy. Additional auction highlights include Annie Oakley’s rifle and “the gun that shot Morgan Earp.” A preview will be held Friday and Saturday. The auction and preview are free and open to the public. Internet, phone and absentee bidding options are also available. Catalogs are available for purchase. In addition to the auction, the weekend event features the 26th annual Old West Show, hosting 200+ vendors in authentic western art, antiques and other fine merchandise. General admission to the Show is $10/day with kids under 12 free and discount tickets available online. Visit www.oldwestevents.com or call 480-779-9378 for more details.

The "Gun that Shot Morgan Earp" at Auction for the first time this June.

“The Gun That Killed Morgan Earp” Coming Up at Auction for the First Time at Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction, June 6th in Fort Worth, Texas

The Colt Single Action taken from the body of outlaw, Frank Stilwell after Wyatt Earp killed him, believed to be the gun with which Stilwell murdered Morgan Earp, will cross the block this June at Lebel’s 26th annual Old West Auction.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2015

Fort Worth, TX – An authentic piece of Old West history will be available for the first time for public sale when Frank Stilwell’s Colt Single Action crosses the block at Brian Lebel’s 26th Annual Old West Auction, June 6th at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Believed to be the gun that Stilwell used to kill Wyatt Earp’s brother, Morgan Earp, the circa 1873 revolver is accompanied by letters and documents chronicling its history, and is estimated to sell for between $175,000-225,000. The auction features approximately 400 total lots, and other notable Old West pieces include Annie Oakley’s rifle and Wyatt Earp’s walking stick. The live sale will begin at 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 6th in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. A preview will be held Friday and Saturday. The auction and preview are free and open to the public. Internet, phone and absentee bidding options are also available; registration is free.

Frank Stilwell was an Old West sometimes-lawman/sometimes-outlaw, who had a knack for getting arrested but evading conviction. He figured prominently in the events leading up to and surrounding the Gunfight at the OK Corral, and less than six months later was the prime suspect in the murder of Morgan Earp. On March 20, 1882, two nights after Morgan’s murder, believing that Stilwell would evade justice yet again, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Warren Earp and two other men ambushed Stilwell on the tracks at the Tucson Rail Yard, and filled him full of holes. The gun was on Stilwell’s person at the time, but newspaper accounts state that he never had a chance to fire it.

“It’s always an honor to be able to offer an historic piece from the Old West that hasn’t been publicly available before,” says auction founder Brian Lebel. “Especially when that artifact has ties to the absolute legends of the time. It’s exciting, I think, when you can hold history in your hand.”

The auction is held in conjunction with Brian Lebel’s Old West Show, a weekend vendor sale featuring over 200 dealers in authentic western art, antiques, collectibles and other fine merchandise. Both the Show and the Auction will be held in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, Texas. More details, including schedules, discount show coupons, auction catalog orders, online bidding, etc., can be found at www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

For the First Time in Texas, Buy, Sell & Trade Authentic Western Art and Artifacts at the Annual Old West Show & Auction, June 6-7th in Fort Worth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
APRIL 10, 2015

Over 200 show vendors and 400 auction lots of authentic cowboy, Indian and western art, antiques, collectibles and other fine merchandise will be showcased at Brian Lebel’s 26th Annual Old West Show & Auction, being held for the first time in Texas this June.

Fort Worth, TX – April 10, 2015: Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction, the annual event for collectors and enthusiasts of the American West, is moving its 26th annual weekend vendor show and Saturday night auction to the Amon G. Carter Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, June 6-7, 2015. Over 200 Old West Show vendors from around the country will offer authentic western fine art, collectibles, apparel, jewelry, home design, antique & historic firearms, books, boots, spurs and other fine merchandise. Saturday night features the Old West Auction, offering 400 lots of authentic western art and artifacts with pre-sale estimates totaling over $2 million. The auction is free and open to the public. General admission to the Show is $10/day, kids under 12 free. Discount tickets and early buy-in available at www.oldwestevents.com.

“We’re very excited to move to Texas,” says event founder, Brian Lebel. “The city of Fort Worth has done an amazing job of preserving its historic western roots while still encouraging contemporary art and culture.” He adds, “It’s a mission we share.” Lebel intends to make Fort Worth the event’s new permanent home and hopes the public embraces it. “When people see just how many vendors we have, and the quality and authenticity of their merchandise, then they understand why both dealers and shoppers come from around the world to attend. Once somebody sees what we’re up to, they never want to miss it again.”

Lebel began the Old West Show & Auction in Cody, Wyoming as a small gathering of like-minded enthusiasts. After 19 years in Cody, the event spent the next 6 in Denver, Colorado. Now, in its 26th year, the Old West Show & Auction has grown into the nation’s premiere annual Western Americana shopping event. For all the details visit: www.oldwestevents.com or call 480-779-WEST (9378).

Old West Show Vendors Doing Their Thing...

26th Annual Old West Show & Auction Event Schedule:

Show Schedule – General Admission:
Saturday, June 6, 2015:  9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday, June 7, 2015: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$10 per day, children under 12 free. Discount tickets and early buy-in available online.

Live Auction Schedule:
Saturday, June 6, 2015: 5:00 pm - finish

 Life Imitates Art at the Old West Show

Life Imitates Art at the Old West Show

Preview will be held Friday 9-5, and Saturday 9-4:30. Both the auction and preview are free and open to the public. Absentee, Internet and phone bidding options available. Catalogs available for purchase.

Location:
Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibit Hall – Will Rogers Memorial Center
3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107

Over $2 Million in Western Fine Art, Antiques and Collectibles to Cross the Block at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction in Fort Worth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 6, 2015

Over $2 Million in Western Fine Art, Antiques and Collectibles to Cross the Block at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction in Fort Worth

June 6-7, 2015 marks the 26th annual Old West Show & Auction, featuring fine Western art and Americana, with over 200 Show vendors and 400 auction lots.

FORT WORTH – For the first time ever in Texas, Brian Lebel’s annual Old West Show & Auction will be held June 6-7, 2015 at the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. The event features a weekend vendor show with over 200 exhibitors in authentic cowboy, Indian and western arts and antiques; and an exciting, live Saturday night auction of approximately 400 lots of authentic Western art and artifacts, with pre-sale estimates totaling over $2 million. 

Frank Paul Sauerwein, Kiva at Acoma Pueblo, Watercolor, 11 1/2" x 8" (Est. $6000-9000)

This year’s auction highlights offer pieces from a variety of different collecting categories. Fine art offerings include works by such noted artists as Frank McCarthy, Will James, Bill Owen, Scott Rogers, Richard Friese, Donna Howell-Sickles, Howard Post, Buck McCain, Dave Powell, Eric Michaels, Mehl Lawson, Joe Beeler, Robert Winter, L.A. Huffman, Frank Sauerwein, Dale Ford, Sidney Harry Riesenberg and other deceased and contemporary artists. Three pieces by noted Indian portrait painter, E. A. Burbank will be offered, including a pastel portrait of Virgil Earp (estimate: $60,000-80,000).

The Old West is well-represented with fine artifacts such as Annie Oakley’s Remington rifle, trophy and photos (estimate: $300,000-325,000); Frank Stillwell’s Colt Single Action revolver, believed to be the gun with which he shot Morgan Earp; Wyatt Earp’s walking stick; Cherokee Bill’s Winchester; and Pawnee Bill’s personal saddle. Several early Wyoming Territory saddles and accessories will be offered, by makers such as Meanea and Gallatin. 

Related to the Old West, but more contemporarily created, are six life-size, folk art carvings by the esteemed Arizona carver, Dee Flagg, who carved every piece by hand. Crafted to fine detail and dressed in period clothing, the lifelike figures are of Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Daniel Boone, Jesse James, Calamity Jane, and of course, Billy the Kid (estimate: $15,000-20,000 each).

Cowboy trappings from spurs to saddles are always well-represented at Lebel’s auctions, and this sale boasts a number of rare and impressive pieces. There are several sterling parade saddles, including Bohlin examples, as well as a stunning Loomis Saddlery saddle that belonged to the famous Santa Barbara rancher, Dixie W. Thompson. The custom saddle, originally crafted in 1889 and displayed at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, is ornately decorated in fine silverwork by the Tiffany-trained master, Edwin Field (estimate: $60,000-80,000). The saddle has been in the collection of San Francisco’s de Young Museum for almost ninety years, and its sale will benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Fransico’s acquisition funds. Auction owner Brian Lebel states, “This is a rare opportunity to purchase a custom masterwork with extensive California and American history as well as museum provenance. I’m honored to offer it.”

Among the Native American antiquities being offered is the ensemble of an Apache Warrior, originally collected in Texas and held in a private collection for the past 140 years. A scarce, fully beaded horse’s neck drape; a ledger-style, circa 1880s Sioux model tipi; silver Navajo bridles and many other fine Indian artifacts will also cross the block, including an impressive pair of quilled Mandan leggings.

Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015 in the Amon G. Carter Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX. The Old West Show is held at the same location on Saturday and Sunday, June 6th and 7th. This is the first year in Texas for Lebel’s venerable event, which began in Cody, Wyoming 26 years ago. Of the move to the Lone Star State, Lebel says, “Fort Worth is a city that embraces its rich western history while still celebrating its contemporary culture.” He adds, “It’s a perfect fit for us, and I’m not sure why we didn’t make the move sooner.”

Admission to the Old West Show is $10 per day with children under 12 free, and discount tickets are available online. Admission to the Auction and Auction Preview are free and open to the public. Bidder registration is free, and bidding is available live, online, by telephone or absentee. Catalogs are available for purchase. Details can be found at www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.  

Tom Horn Winchester Leads $1.8 million Sale!

February 1, 2015                    

 Tom Horn’s Winchester is Top Seller at Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction in Mesa, AZ

The last Winchester owned by old west outlaw, Tom Horn, sold for $149,500 at the 25th annual High Noon Auction, which realized over $1.8 million in total sales.

MESA, AZ – Over 400 auction lots crossed the block on the evening of January 24, 2015 at Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction, which saw total sales exceeding $1.8 million, with an impressive 95% sell-through rate. Almost 400 people were in attendance at the live event, with another few hundred bidding on the phones, absentee or via the Internet. Celebrating its 25th annual sale, it was the first High Noon Auction hosted by Brian Lebel since he purchased the event last Spring. According to Lebel, “we couldn’t have hoped for better results. We’re proud to carry on this tradition.”

The top seller of the night was lot 308, Tom Horn’s Winchester, which sold for $149,500 to a very excited phone bidder. Bidding was fast and furious, with interest coming from the phones, the Internet and the floor bidders. The lot sold firmly within its presale estimate of $125,000 - $175,000.

The second highest priced lot was the catalog cover lot, a Charles Russell letter to his friend the actor Harry Carey, which was one of numerous items from the Carey Family estate. The letter, which featured a Russell drawing and referred comically to buried booze on Carey’s ranch during Prohibition, sold for $126,500, which was slightly above its presale estimate of $90,000 - $115,000. It also sold to a phone bidder after a spirited bidding war between the phones and the floor.

Native American antiquities sold particularly well, with a stunning Cheyenne beaded cradleboard bringing $34,500, a very old Pueblo shield selling for $33,350 and a fine Plains beaded men’s war shirt realizing $32,200.

Fine art brought respectable prices as always, for both contemporary and deceased artists. Raphael Lillywhite’s (1891-1958) “Taos Scene” sold for $19,550; a rare Thomas Kinkade (1958-2012) original of a teepee scene entitled “Campfire at Dusk” brought $15,930 (just under its high estimate of $16,000); and a pair of John Moyers (b. 1958) oils brought $23,000 and $28,750. The surprise artwork sale of the night was the original mixed media painting by Richard Amsel for the movie poster for John Wayne’s final film, “The Shootist.” It sold for $18,400, which was more than twice its low estimate of $8,000. 

Perhaps the most excited bidder of the evening was the gentleman who won the bid for Harry Carey, Jr’s motorcycle vest from the 1985 movie, “The Mask.” Upon winning the bid for $1,046, he leapt to his feet with a cheer. He then wore his purchase for the rest of the evening, and then again all the next day at the affiliated event, Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show. Featuring over 165 vendors, the show hosted record numbers of attendees, and was widely said to be, “the best show we’ve attended in years.”

For more information about Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show & Auction, or the upcoming Old West Show & Auction to be held June 6-7, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas, please visit www.oldwestevents.com or call 480-779-9378.