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.