The silver saddle ridden by The Lone Ranger in the original 1950s TV series and films will cross the block on June 23rd at Brian Lebel’s annual Cody Old West Auction in Santa Fe, NM.
Santa Fe, NM: The Cody Old West Auction is proud to offer one of the most iconic saddles of the golden era of the Hollywood cowboy: the Lone Ranger’s black and silver Edward H. Bohlin ensemble. The top estimated lot and catalog cover piece for the 29th annual Cody Old West Auction, the saddle appeared in almost every 1950s television and film production of “The Lone Ranger,” and was ridden by both Clayton Moore and John Hart in their portrayals of the Masked Man. From the Estate of Lone Ranger producer, Jack Wrather, the saddle was crafted by the master Hollywood saddlemaker, Edward Bohlin. Complete with bridle, breast collar, and massive tapaderos, the ensemble is estimated to sell for $40,000-60,000.
The auction features 290 lots overall, and will be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center in Santa Fe, NM on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 5pm. Pre-sale estimates total over $1.4 million, and all lots may be previewed onsite on Friday and Saturday (9-5 and 9-4:30). Both the auction and preview are free and open to the public. Absentee, phone, mobile and online bidding options are offered, and catalogs are available for purchase.
Other Hollywood cowboy artifacts and memorabilia to be auctioned that night include extremely rare, glass title art for the television shows “Have Gun – Will Travel” and “The Lone Ranger” (estimate $30,000-40,000 each); a scarce matte painting from Season 4 of “Have Gun – Will Travel” (estimate $6,000-9,000); an Edward H. Bohlin watch fob from the film “The Horse Whisperer” (estimate $1,500-2,000); and various production-worn clothing from classic cowboy stars such as Roy Rogers, Gary Cooper and Buck Jones.
The auction is held in conjunction with the annual Cody Old West Show, a weekend vendor exhibition and sale. The show features over 100 national vendors of authentic western art, antiques, apparel, décor, jewelry, collectibles, antique firearms, Native American arts and artifacts, photography, boots, books and other fine western merchandise, in all price ranges. Museums, publishers and non-profit organizations round-out the exhibitors. General admission is $10 per day, or $15 for a weekend pass. Attendees under 12, over 70, or active military receive free general admission.
Both the Show and Auction will be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St, Santa Fe. Details, schedules, discount offers, hotel partners, auction highlights, vendor lists and much more can be found at www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.