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.