FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rex Cauble's Estate Collection, Including a William S. Hart Saddle and Orren Mixer Portraits of "Cutter Bill" for Sale at June Auction
Items from the estate of Rex Cauble, infamous Texas businessman and cutting horse icon, to be sold, unreserved, at Brian Lebel's Old West Auction June 28th.
DENVER – A Furstnow saddle once belonging to cowboy film star, William S. Hart, as well as Orren Mixer portraits of Cutter Bill (arguably the most famous cutting horse of all time) headline the sale of the Rex Cauble collection by Brian Lebel's Old West Auction, June 28, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The saddle, which features sterling silver decorations with heart designs, is estimated to sell for between $15,000 to $25,000. Several Orren Mixer oil paintings of Cutter Bill and cutting horse, Hard Twist, are estimated between $12,000 and $25,000. Other items from the Cauble estate include Texas Ranger items, a 1962 World Champion trophy saddle and sterling 1962 trophy buckle, spurs, furniture, clothing, and dozens of awards, photos, correspondence and other memorabilia. The Cauble items are being offered without reserve.
A world champion horseman, chairman of the Texas Aeronautical Commission, honorary Texas Ranger and founder of the Cutter Bill clothing stores, Rex Cauble was once among the wealthiest and most respected businessmen in Texas. But in 1982, Cauble was indicted on multiple counts of drug trafficking, racketeering and fraud for his alleged involvement in the then-largest marijuana smuggling ring in Texas history, known as the "Cowboy Mafia," which operated through Cauble's ranches. He was convicted and served time in federal prison, but staunchly maintained his innocence throughout his life.
Many of the items to be auctioned are related to Cutter Bill, Cauble's famous palomino cutting horse and stallion, and the namesake of the famous Cutter Bill Western Wear stores (the "Neiman Marcus of the cowboy crowd"). Cutter Bill won both the AQHA and NCHA Championships; became an influential sire, and was elected into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2003. Items relating to other star Cauble horses such as Wimpy P-1 and Hard Twist will also be offered.
Cauble's estate has seen the auction block before, but with many items failing to sell. Auction owner, Brian Lebel wants potential bidders to know that will not be the case this time. "There are no reserves on the Cauble material," says Lebel. "This may not be the first Rex Cauble estate auction, but it will be the last."
The June 28th auction includes over 350 total lots of western artifacts, art and collectibles. The live sale is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and is held in the Expo Building of the Denver Mart, Denver, Colo. Bidding can be done in-person, by phone, online or absentee, and auction catalogs are available for purchase. Details at www.denveroldwest.com or 480-779-9378.