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Personal Items of Wild West Performer, S.F. Cody, to Cross the Block at Lebel's June Auction
Personal and performance- used items once belonging to Wild West performer and aeronautical pioneer, S.F. Cody, will be sold at the Denver Old West Auction, June 28
DENVER – S.F. Cody is among the famous names at Brian Lebel's 25th annual Old West Auction, June 28, 2014, at the Denver Mart in Denver, Colo. Cody's Winchester rifle, target balls and molds, belt and holster, and trick-shooting "surround" are among the items up for auction that once belonged to the famous Wild West entertainer. The pieces were part of the "S.F. Cody Archive" sold by Sotheby's London in 1996.
Samuel Franklin Cody (born Cowdrey) was a Wild West showman who was often confused for William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, whom he intentionally resembled. A colorful and successful entertainer, he was a master trick shooter who toured the world to much fame and notoriety, and in 1898, produced the successful stage play, "The Klondike Nugget." His success financed his aeronautical ambitions, and he became a master kite maker and early pioneer of manned flight. He invented, among other things, the British "war kite."
The S.F. Cody items come from, and are being sold to benefit, the collection of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. They will be auctioned as part of Brian Lebel's annual sale, which will offer over 350 total lots of western art and artifacts. Lebel is particularly fond of Cody's ominous looking iron "surround," which held his brave assistant, Lela, while Cody shot at target balls mounted around her. "It's a fascinating piece," says Lebel. "It looks like a torture device, yet it's fun and a little sexy." He adds, "I've never seen anything quite like it."
The auction is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on June 28, 2014, and will be held in the Expo Building of the Denver Mart in Denver, Colorado. The highlight of the sale is expected to be a Colt Single Action Revolver once owned by legendary lawman, Bat Masterson. Bidding can be done in-person, online, by phone or absentee, and catalogs are available for purchase. For more information, visit www.denveroldwest.com or call 480-779-9378.