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.