Santa Fe’s Most Unique Shopping Event Returns in June with the Cody Old West Show & Auction

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Brian Lebel’s annual Cody Old West Show & Auction is celebrating its 2nd year in Santa Fe, and its 30th overall, this June 22nd-23rd, featuring a weekend vendor sale of cowboy, Indian and western Americana, along with a live Saturday night auction of authentic western art and artifacts.

2018 Cody Old West Show Santa Fe Shoppers

2018 Cody Old West Show Santa Fe Shoppers

SANTA FE - This June 22nd and 23rd marks the 30th anniversary of Brian Lebel’s Cody Old West Show & Auction, and its 2nd year at its new home in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. The weekend vendor show hosts 130 national dealers, and the Saturday night auction will see over 200 lots cross the block, with presale estimates exceeding $1 million. Both events feature authentic cowboy, Native American and western art, antiques, apparel, décor, jewelry, collectibles, antique firearms, Native American artifacts, photography, boots, books and other fine western merchandise in all price ranges. General admission to the Show is $10 per day; the Cody Old West Auction is free and open to the public. Discount Show tickets, auction catalogs and complete details online at oldwestevents.com.

The Cody Old West Show packs the Convention Center with over 130 vendors from across the country, offering antique, vintage and modern items in prices ranging from $5 to $500,000. Everything from furniture to fine art, and cowboy spurs to cowgirl skirts will be represented, and all vendors are required to accurately represent the age and authenticity of their items. Thousands attended the 2018 event, which was its first year in Santa Fe. Show founder Brian Lebel (a Santa Fe resident) is hoping to build on last year’s success. “We are really pleased with the success of our inaugural year in Santa Fe,” Lebel says. “So we’re making an even bigger investment in local marketing and advertising this year in hopes of solidifying a place as one of the City’s ‘must-attend’ summer events.” General admission hours for the Show are Saturday, June 22nd, 9 am to 4 pm, and Sunday, June 23rd from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets are $10 per day; guests under 12, over 70, or active military receive free general admission. Patrons of the 70th annual Rodeo de Santa Fe receive free admission with their Rodeo ticket stub. $100 early/VIP buy-in is offered during vendor set-up on Friday and is good during all weekend vendor hours.

Eanger Irving Couse oil painting; estimate $125,000-150,000.

Eanger Irving Couse oil painting; estimate $125,000-150,000.

2018 Cody Old West Auction - Live in Santa Fe

2018 Cody Old West Auction - Live in Santa Fe

The Saturday night Cody Old West Auction will see approximately 250 lots of authentic western fine art, artifacts and collectibles cross the block in front of a live audience. Fast-paced and exciting, items sell at an average of 60-70 lots per hour, or one every minute. Highlights of this year’s auction include a painting by Taos master Eanger Irving Couse (estimate $125,000-150,000); a mid-19th century Native American quilled man’s shirt (estimate $200,000-250,000); a ledger signed by both Nicholas Earp and Virgil Earp (estimate $20,000-30,000); A framed collection of John Wesley Hardin artifacts and signatures (estimate $25,000-30,000); and personal items belonging to Hollywood cowboys such as Roy Rogers, Tom Mix and John Wayne. The auction will be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center on Saturday, June 22nd at 5:00 p.m., and all lots may be previewed live onsite Friday and Saturday. Both the auction and preview are free and open to the public. Bidder registration is free, and bidding may be done live, or via phone, online, mobile or absentee. Catalogs are available for purchase for $30, or may be viewed online approximately 3 weeks before the sale.

Discounts, details, schedules, hotel partners, auction highlights, vendor lists, FAQs and much more can be found at www.oldwestevents.com, by calling 480-779-9378, or visiting Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.

Cody Old West Show™ General Admission Schedule & Prices:
Saturday, June 22: 9am - 4pm
Sunday, June 23: 10am - 4pm
$10/day. Discount tickets online.
Under 12, over 70, active military, and Rodeo de Santa Fe patrons receive FREE general admission.
Dealer set-up: Friday, June 21, 8am - 5pm. Early buy-in tickets available for $100.

Cody Old West Auction™ Schedule:
Saturday, June 22: 5:00 pm
Preview: Friday, June 21, 9am - 5pm & Saturday, June 22 9am - 4:30pm
Auction and preview are both free and open to the public.

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About Old West Events
Old West Events is home to Brian Lebel's Old West Shows and Old West Auctions, held every January in Mesa, Arizona, and every June in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Each annual event consists of a weekend vendor sale with hundreds of dealers, along with an exciting, live Saturday night auction. Both the events feature the best authentic western art, antiques and artifacts available for public sale. The Old West Auction is best known for the 2011 sale of the only authenticated photograph of Billy the Kid (the “Upham tintype”) for $2.3 million.

Brian Lebel began the Cody Old West Show & Auction in June 1989 in Cody, Wyoming as a way to bring together like-minded collectors of cowboy and western antiques and trappings. The event was held in Cody every June for 19 years, before moving first to Denver, Colorado, then to Fort Worth, Texas, and finally to Santa Fe, New Mexico. In Spring of 2014, Lebel purchased the annual High Noon Show & Auction in Mesa, Arizona, and formed a new venture: Old West Events. The company prides itself on its reputation for honesty, quality and authenticity.
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$1.7 Million Realized at Old West Auction of the McCubbin Photography Collection, With $3.1 Million in Total Weekend Sales

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The highly anticipated auction of the photography collection of Old West historian Robert G. McCubbin realized over $1.7 million in total sales on the first night of the historic weekend that ultimately realized over $3.1 million in total auction sales.

Mesa, AZ - The 500+ people attending the live auction of the Robert G. McCubbin Photography Collection this past January 25th in Mesa, Arizona were treated to an exciting night of fantastic prices alongside great bargains. The top lot of the night was outlaw John Wesley Hardin’s personal photo album, (containing a rare tintype of Hardin himself), selling for $129,800, well over its low estimate of $75,000. Other high-performing photographs include the cabinet card of Ben Thompson that was inscribed to King Fisher and stained with Fisher’s own blood, which realized $94,400 (almost 4 times its low estimate); and the rare CDV of frontiersman James Beckwourth, which fetched $70,800 (estimate $20-30,000). In total, 30 lots sold for above $10,000, 17 lots sold above $20,000 and 7 lots sold for over $50,000. One of the most anticipated photographs of the evening – the famous “Fort Worth Five” Pinkerton photograph of Butch Cassidy and The Wild Bunch – realized $118,000 to a bidder on the sales floor. The Friday photography auction boasted a 100% sell-through rate.

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The excitement continued the following evening, Saturday, January 26th, when the McCubbin Collection artifacts and ephemera crossed the block as part of the 29th annual multi-consignor Mesa Old West Auction. Saturday night total sales topped $1.3 million, for a weekend total of over $3.1 million in realized prices. The top lot of the Saturday night session was the knife held by Billy the Kid when he was shot by Pat Garrett, which realized $118,000. The knife had been estimated to sell for considerably more ($800,000-$1.2 M), but auction owner Brian Lebel is still happy with the outcome: “Estimating auction lots is not easy,” says Lebel. “Especially when an item is truly one-of-a-kind and has no “comps” to compare it against.” He adds, “Every collector we are aware of who had the interest and wherewithal to purchase the Kid’s knife was bidding in our sale. As a result, now we know the actual market value of that particular artifact. That’s important information for our whole industry.”

 The Saturday night session saw even larger crowds than Friday, with a standing-room-only crowd of over 600 attendees. An additional few hundred more registered to bid online, by phone or absentee. The Saturday sale boasted an extraordinary sell-through rate of over 99%. Lebel is proud of the weekend results: “That we hit a home-run with both the Friday and Saturday night sales proves to me that the market for Western art and artifacts is as strong as ever. Our audience for these sales was large and international, with bidders attending from around the world. I couldn’t be more pleased.”

 Successful though it was, the weekend was not without some drama. Approximately 30 lots of McCubbin ephemera were withdrawn just days before the sale. Consisting of Lincoln County, New Mexico Court documents, the lots were pulled as a result of requests from both the Lincoln County Clerk’s Office and the State of New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. On Saturday evening, excitement was created in the Auction preview room when, just prior to the beginning of the auction, a man attempted to remove a painting from the wall and exit the premises. He was detained by the Mesa Police and arrested on several criminal counts. The painting did not sustain any damage.

 In conjunction with the weekend auctions was the 29th annual Mesa Old West Show. Consisting of over 190 Western vendors, this year’s Show hosted a record-breaking number of dealers, as well as record-breaking attendance. Many dealers reported having, “Our best show ever!” and a number also remarked on how many younger people were in attendance. Show manager and co-owner Melissa McCracken attributes this increase to social media exposure. “Instagram and Pinterest are instrumental in us in getting the word out to younger potential customers,” she states. “The younger demographic is very enthusiastic about vintage and antique items, they just didn’t know about us. With social media we can reach people who weren’t finding us through more traditional marketing channels.” 

Old West Events will host the 30th Annual Cody Old West Show & Auction this June 22-23, 2019 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Like the Mesa format, the event will consist of a weekend vendor show and accompanying Saturday night live auction. Dealer space for the show is sold out, though interested parties are encouraged to join the waiting list. Auction consignments are currently being considered for both the June 2019 and January 2020 sales. Next year’s Mesa Old West Show & Auction will mark the event’s 30th anniversary, and is scheduled to be held January 25-26, 2020. For more information on both events, visit www.oldwestevents.com or call 480-779-9378.


 About Old West Events

Old West Events is home to Brian Lebel's Old West Shows and Old West Auctions, held every January in Mesa, Arizona, and every June in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Each annual event consists of a weekend vendor sale with hundreds of dealers, along with an exciting, live Saturday night auction. Both the events feature the best authentic western art, antiques and artifacts available for public sale. The Old West Auction is best known for the 2011 sale of the only authenticated photograph of Billy the Kid (the “Upham tintype”) for $2.3 million.

 Brian Lebel began the Cody Old West Show & Auction in June 1989 in Cody, Wyoming as a way to bring together like-minded collectors of cowboy and western antiques and trappings. The event was held in Cody every June for 19 years, before moving first to Denver, Colorado, then to Fort Worth, Texas, and finally to Santa Fe, New Mexico. In Spring of 2014, Lebel purchased the annual High Noon Show & Auction in Mesa, Arizona, and formed a new venture: Old West Events. The company prides itself on its reputation for honesty, quality and authenticity.

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Billy the Kid Knife Could Fetch Over $1 Million at Lebel’s Old West Auction in Mesa, AZ

The knife that outlaw Billy the Kid was holding when he was shot and killed by Pat Garrett will cross the block at Brian Lebel's 29th annual Old West Auction on January 26, 2019 as part of the sale of the Robert G. McCubbin Collection of Old West photographs and artifacts.

Billy the Kid Knife

Old West Events is proud to offer the Robert G. McCubbin Collection, January 25-26, 2019 at the 29th annual Mesa Old West Auction. Consisting of over 1,500 total pieces, it is regarded as the most extensive and important collection of Old West photographs, artifacts and documents in private hands. Among the many highlights is the Billy the Kid knife, estimated to sell for between $800,000 - 1.2 million. The photography portion of the collection will be sold Friday, January 25th; the documents and artifacts, including The Kid’s knife, will be sold on Saturday, January 26th. Auctions begin at 5:00 pm each evening; combined estimates exceed $6 million. Held at the Delta Marriott Mesa hotel in Mesa, AZ, both auctions are free and open to the public, and all lots may be previewed in person. Bidder registration is free, and bidding may be done live, online, by mobile app, via phone or absentee. Catalogs are available for purchase, or viewed online at https://auctions.oldwestevents.com.

The McCubbin Collection is packed with rare and historic Old West memorabilia, but the knife that Billy the Kid was holding when he was killed is by far the most anticipated and highest estimated lot of both sales. The knife, which Billy was carrying to cut meat at the Maxwell family house, was still in Billy's hand when he was shot by Pat Garrett in Pete Maxwell's room July 14, 1881. Noted in numerous accounts of the time, the knife was retrieved by Paulita Maxwell and passed down through the Maxwell-Jamarillo family for over a century. It is accompanied by extensive provenance, including affidavits signed by Maxwell family members and others. Details and provenance may be viewed at www.oldwestevents.com/billythekidknife.

Brian Lebel, auction owner, is thrilled to offer this exciting Old West artifact. Lebel’s June Old West Auction sold the only authenticated photograph of Billy the Kid (the “Upham tintype”) in 2011 for $2.3 million. Lebel states, “The Billy the Kid tintype was the ‘Holy Grail’ of the Western collecting industry; everyone said so, and I’ve always agreed. But the Billy the Kid knife is a pretty fine runner-up.” The collection includes numerous Kid-related items, including a “last-stand” note and signature that may, or may not, be that of William Bonney.

Other notable artifacts from the McCubbin Collection include Wild Bill Hickok’s straight razor (est. $70,000-90,000), the mallet that killed Wild Bunch outlaw Ben Kilpatrick (est. $50,000-80,000), and John Wesley Hardin’s personal photo album (est. 75,000-125,000). The photography collection includes hundreds of highly sought-after original Old West photos of the most notable and notorious Western figures, as well as hundreds of important historical documents. Highlights may be viewed at www.oldwestevents.com/mccubbin-collection.

In addition to the auctions, Old West Events will present the 29th annual Mesa Old West Show, a weekend dealer show and sale with over 180 vendors in western art, antiques and other fine merchandise. Details on all of the weekend events may be found at oldwestevents.com, facebook.com/oldwestevents, or by calling 480-779-9378.

About Old West Events
Old West Events is home to Brian Lebel's Old West Shows and Old West Auctions, held every January in Mesa, Arizona, and every June in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Each annual event consists of a weekend vendor show and sale, along with an exciting, live Saturday night auction. Both events feature the best authentic western art, antiques and artifacts available for public sale. The Old West Auction is best known for the 2011 sale of the only authenticated photograph of Billy the Kid (the “Upham tintype”) for $2.3 million.

Brian Lebel began the Cody Old West Show & Auction in June 1989 in Cody, Wyoming as a way to bring together like-minded collectors of cowboy and western antiques and trappings. The event was held in Cody every June for 19 years, before moving first to Denver, Colorado, then to Fort Worth, Texas, and finally to Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2014, Lebel purchased the annual January High Noon Show & Auction in Mesa, Arizona, and formed a new venture: Old West Events. The company prides itself on its reputation for honesty, quality and authenticity.

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Over $6 Million in Old West Photos and Memorabilia for Auction at Lebel’s Sale of the Robert G. McCubbin Collection

Auction estimates exceed $6 million for the upcoming sale of the well-known Robert G. McCubbin Collection of Old West photographs and artifacts at Brian Lebel’s 29th annual Old West Auction, January 25-26th in Mesa, AZ.

Mesa, AZ - Old West Events is proud to offer the Robert G. McCubbin Collection, January 25-26, 2019 at the 29th annual Mesa Old West Auction. Consisting of over 1,500 total pieces, it is regarded as the most extensive and important collection of Old West photographs, artifacts and documents in private hands. From Billy the Kid to Wild Bill Hickok, the most famous people and places of the Old West are represented. The photography portion of the collection will be sold Friday, January 25th; the documents and artifacts will be sold on Saturday, January 26th. Auctions begin at 5:00 pm each evening; combined estimates exceed $6 million. Held at the Delta Marriott Mesa hotel in Mesa, AZ, both auctions are free and open to the public, and all lots may be previewed in person. Bidder registration is free, and bidding may be done live, online, by mobile app, via phone or absentee. Catalogs are available for purchase, or viewed online at https://auctions.oldwestevents.com

Wild Bill Hickok

Among the photographic highlights are rare and historic photos of notable Old West figures such as Jesse James, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, Bat Masterson, Belle Star, Yellowstone Kelly, Geronimo, Sitting Bull and many, many other famous and infamous names. The highest estimated photo is the original and famous studio portrait of Butch Cassidy, Sundance, and the Wild Bunch that helped to both cement their fame and doom them to capture, which McCubbin obtained directly from the Pinkerton National Detective Agency (estimate: $100,000-150,000). A tintype of John Wesley Hardin from Hardin’s personal album is among the rarities (est: $50,000-75,000), as is a Doc Holliday carte de visite (est: $70,000-90,000).

Billy the Kid Knife

The collection also features a number of important Old West artifacts, including the knife that Billy the Kid held when he was shot dead by Pat Garett in Pete Maxwell's room July 14, 1881 (estimate: $800,000-1.2 million). Other important artifacts include the ice mallet that killed Wild Bunch outlaw Ben Kilpatrick in the famous failed train robbery (est: $50,000-80,000), Rose of Cimarron's rifle (est: $150,000-200,000), and Wild Bill Hickok's straight razor (est: $70,000-90,000). The ephemera includes hundreds of original documents, including extensive archives related to James Dolan, the Lincoln County War and other important Old West figures and events.

John Wesley Hardin Wigwam Ledger

Auction owner Brian Lebel has known Robert McCubbin for almost 30 years, and is honored to work with him. Lebel says, “Bob has the passion of a collector, but the discipline of a scholar. It’s a rare combination that has resulted in him amassing an unparalleled collection of authentic and well-curated material.” McCubbin acquired many of his very rare and valuable items directly from the heirs and descendants of the legendary subjects, and as a result, many of the most important pieces in the collection are accompanied by impeccable provenance.

Consisting of over 1,500 total pieces, McCubbin’s Collection will be sold both as individual items and grouped into lots across both auctions. Catalogs are available for purchase, or may be viewed online at https://auctions.oldwestevents.com. Complete details may be found at oldwestevents.com, facebook.com/oldwestevents, or by calling 480-779-9378.

About Old West Events
Old West Events is home to Brian Lebel's Old West Shows and Old West Auctions, held every January in Mesa, Arizona, and every June in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Each annual event consists of a weekend vendor sale with hundreds of dealers, along with an exciting, live Saturday night auction. Both the events feature the best authentic western art, antiques and artifacts available for public sale. The Old West Auction is best known for the 2011 sale of the only authenticated photograph of Billy the Kid (the “Upham tintype”) for $2.3 million.

Brian Lebel began the Cody Old West Show & Auction in June 1989 in Cody, Wyoming as a way to bring together like-minded collectors of cowboy and western antiques and trappings. The event was held in Cody every June for 19 years, before moving first to Denver, Colorado, then to Fort Worth, Texas, and finally to Santa Fe, New Mexico. In Spring of 2014, Lebel purchased the annual High Noon Show & Auction in Mesa, Arizona, and formed a new venture: Old West Events. The company prides itself on its reputation for honesty, quality and authenticity.

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Most Anticipated Western Shopping Event of the Year Returns to Mesa with Lebel's Old West Show & Auction

The 2019 Western art and antiques season kicks-off with Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction, January 25-27, 2019 in Mesa, AZ, featuring over 180 weekend show dealers, and an exciting two-night live auction event with over $6 million in auction estimates.

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Mesa, AZ – Brian Lebel’s Old West Events presents the 29th annual Mesa Old West Show & Auction (formerly the High Noon Show & Auction) at the Mesa Convention Center and adjacent Delta Marriott Mesa, January 25-27th, 2019. The weekend Old West Show hosts over 180 dealers in authentic cowboy, Western and Native American art, antiques and design; the Old West Auction will see 775 lots cross the block with the auction of the Robert G. McCubbin Collection on Friday night, and the 29th annual Mesa Old West Auction on Saturday night. The annual three-day event is regarded as the premiere event in the Western collecting industry and is attended by collectors and enthusiasts from around the world.

The Mesa Old West Show will feature over 180 national dealers of authentic western art, antiques, apparel, décor, jewelry, collectibles, antique firearms, Native American arts and artifacts, photography, boots, books and other fine western merchandise in all price ranges. Held at the Mesa Convention Center, 9-4 on Saturday and 9-3 on Sunday, January 26-27, 2019. General admission is $10/day, kids under 12 are free, and discount general admission tickets may be purchased online. A Friday “VIP early buy-in” is available for $100, allowing collectors access to the show during all vendor hours, beginning at 8:00 am on Friday morning at the start of dealer set-up.


This year’s Mesa Auction will include a special Friday night sale in addition to the usual Saturday evening auction. The Robert G. McCubbin Old West Photography Collection will be sold exclusively on Friday, January 25th, and includes numerous rare and collectable photographs. Historic artifacts and ephemera from the McCubbin Collection will be offered on Saturday night, January 26th, as part of the annual, multi-consignor Mesa Old West Auction. At over 1,500 total pieces (to be sold individually and in lots), the McCubbin Photography and Artifact Collection is the largest and most extensive of its kind in public hands, and the first to come available for public sale. The most highly anticipated auction lot of the weekend is the Billy the Kid knife, estimated to sell for between $800,000-1.2 million.

Both the Robert G. McCubbin Photography Auction and the 29th Annual Mesa Old West Auction will be held at the Delta Marriott Mesa, January 25-26th, 2019 beginning both nights at 5:00 pm. All lots may be previewed on-site, and the auctions are free and open to the public. Bidder registration is free and bidding may be done live, online, mobile, by phone or absentee. Catalogs are available for purchase, or may be viewed online at https://auctions.oldwestevents.com.

More information on both the show and the auctions 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.

Mesa Old West Show General Admission Schedule:
Saturday, January 26: 9am - 4pm
Sunday, January 27: 9am - 3pm
$10/day, under 12 free.
Dealer set-up: Friday, January 25, 8am - 5pm. Early entry tickets available for $100.

Mesa Old West Auction Schedule:
The Robert G. McCubbin Photography Collection - Friday, January 25: 5:00 pm
The 29th Annual Old West Auction - Saturday, January 26: 23: 5:00 pm
Preview: Friday, June 22, 9am - 5pm & Saturday, June 23 9am - 4:30pm
Auctions and previews are both free and open to the public.

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The Lone Ranger’s Bohlin Saddle for Sale at Lebel’s Old West Auction in June

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The Lone Ranger’s Bohlin Saddle for Sale at Lebel’s Old West Auction in June

The silver saddle ridden by The Lone Ranger in the original 1950s TV series and films will cross the block on June 23rd at Brian Lebel’s annual Cody Old West Auction in Santa Fe, NM.

Santa Fe, NM: The Cody Old West Auction is proud to offer one of the most iconic saddles of the golden era of the Hollywood cowboy: the Lone Ranger’s black and silver Edward H. Bohlin ensemble. The top estimated lot and catalog cover piece for the 29th annual Cody Old West Auction, the saddle appeared in almost every 1950s television and film production of “The Lone Ranger,” and was ridden by both Clayton Moore and John Hart in their portrayals of the Masked Man. From the Estate of Lone Ranger producer, Jack Wrather, the saddle was crafted by the master Hollywood saddlemaker, Edward Bohlin. Complete with bridle, breast collar, and massive tapaderos, the ensemble is estimated to sell for $40,000-60,000.

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Artifacts with Santa Fe and New Mexico History to Cross the Block at Million Dollar Auction in Santa Fe on June 23rd

Artifacts with Santa Fe and New Mexico History to Cross the Block at Million Dollar Auction in Santa Fe on June 23rd

Among the 290 auction lots for sale at Brian Lebel’s 29th annual Cody Old West Auction in Santa Fe, are items with Santa Fe or New Mexico history, including a Slim Green Rodeo de Santa Fe parade saddle; items from the collection of former Santo Domingo Governor Jose Reano; the original 1880s tin sign from the Lincoln Saloon; pottery by award-winning Pueblo potters; and sculpture by late Santa Fe artist, Ernest Badynski.

The 29th annual Cody Old West Auction is pleased to offer a number of auction lots with connections to historic New Mexico figures, places and artists. Approximately 290 total lots will cross the block at the live auction, including a “Rodeo de Santa Fe” parade saddle created by noted New Mexico maker, Slim Green, which is estimated to sell for between $12,000-16,000. Slim was one of the co-founders of the Rodeo de Santa Fe, and he crafted the custom leather-tooled and silver engraved showpiece in the 1950s for fellow Rodeo Board Member L.L. Langley. Complete with matching bridle and breast collar, according to Slim, he made the ensemble in exchange for “some real estate.” The live auction will be held Saturday, June 23rd beginning at 5:00 pm in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center; absentee, mobile, telephone and online bidding options are also offered. Pre-auction estimates total over $1.4 million. A preview is held on Friday and Saturday, and both the preview and auction are free and open to the public.

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Unique Western Shopping Event Coming for the First Time to Santa Fe in June

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 Brian Lebel’s annual Cody Old West Show & Auction is moving to Santa Fe, NM June 23-24, 2018, featuring a weekend vendor sale of fine western Americana, along with a live Saturday night auction of authentic western art and artifacts.

Brian Lebel’s Old West Events is excited to announce that their 29th annual summer event, the Cody Old West Show & Auction™, is moving to the Santa Fe Community Convention Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Saturday and Sunday, June 23rd and 24th. The Old West Show will feature over 100 national dealers of authentic western art, antiques, apparel, décor, jewelry, collectibles, antique firearms, Native American arts and artifacts, photography, boots, books and other fine western merchandise in all price ranges. General admission is $10 per day, or $15 for a weekend pass. Attendees under 12, over 70, and active military receive free general admission. Early buy-in tickets are available for Friday entry during dealer set-up. Details, discounts, schedules and the complete vendor list can be found at oldwestevents.com.

The Saturday night Old West Auction will see approximately 290 lots of authentic western fine art, artifacts and collectibles cross the block in front of a live audience. Fast-paced and exciting, items will sell at an average of 60-70 lots per hour, or one every minute. Among the highlights of this year’s auction are the Lone Ranger’s silver saddle from the 1950’s television series (estimate $40,000-60,000); a pair of police-used, engraved revolvers from famed 20th century Texas Ranger, Clint Peoples (estimate $12,000-16,000); antique and contemporary Southwest pueblo pottery from a noted Colorado collection ($2,000-10,000); and exceptionally rare, hand-painted, glass title art from the western TV series, “Have Gun - Will Travel” and “The Lone Ranger” (estimate $30,000-40,000 each). The auction will be held Saturday, June 23rd at 5:00 p.m., and all lots may be previewed live onsite Friday and Saturday. Both the auction and preview are free and open to the public. Bidder registration is free, and bidding may be done live, or via phone, online, mobile or absentee. Catalogs are available for purchase for $30, or may be viewed online.

Slim Green Rodeo Parade Saddle - Auction Estimate $12,000-16,000

Slim Green Rodeo Parade Saddle - Auction Estimate $12,000-16,000

The Cody Old West Show & Auction began in Cody, Wyoming, where it was held for 19 years, before relocating first to Denver, CO and then Fort Worth. TX. The auction is best known for having sold the only authenticated tintype of Billy the Kid for a record $2.3 million in June of 2011. Event founder, Brian Lebel is a Santa Fe resident, and is excited about the move to New Mexico. “We’re really hoping to contribute to the City and the community,” Lebel says. “Particularly during a weekend that is considered early in the tourist season.” This year’s Old West event coincides with the 69th annual Rodeo de Santa Fe, and coincidentally, the auction is selling a vintage custom saddle made by Rodeo de Santa Fe co-founder, Slim Green (estimate $12,000-16,000). Completed in the mid-1950s, Slim agreed to make the saddle for Rodeo board member L.L. Langtry “in exchange for some real estate.”

Both the Show and Auction will be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St, Santa Fe. Details, schedules, discount offers, hotel partners, auction highlights, vendor lists and much more can be found at www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

Cody Old West Show™ General Admission Schedule:
Saturday, June 23: 9am - 4pm
Sunday, June 24: 10am - 4pm
$10/day or $15/weekend. Under 12, over 70, and active military (with ID) receive free general admission.

Dealer set-up: Friday, June 22, 8am - 5pm. Early entry tickets available for $100.

Cody Old West Auction™ Schedule:
Saturday, June 23: 5:00 pm
Preview: Friday, June 22, 9am - 5pm & Saturday, June 23 9am - 4:30pm
Auction and preview are both free and open to the public.

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.

LD Stone Saddle

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.

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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.