Western Art from Estate of Actor Dennis Farina for Sale at Auction in Fort Worth, Texas

FORT WORTH – Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction is proud to announce the sale of the Dennis Farina Western Art Collection as part of its 27th annual Old West Show & Auction weekend event, June 11-12, 2016 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX. Approximately ten pieces from the popular actor’s estate will cross the block, consisting primarily of early-to-mid twentieth century Western illustration and pulp art, and featuring action-packed scenes of cowboys, lawmen and bank robbers, by artists such as Buck McCain, Olaf Wieghorst and Richard Lillis. 

Dennis Farina (1944-2013) was a familiar face in both film and television. A busy actor, he is probably best known for his role as Detective Joe Fontana on “Law and Order.” Frequently cast as either a mobster or a cop, he was “discovered” while working in the burglary division of the Chicago Police Department. Though his characters were cops and robbers, Dennis, like so many men of his generation, wanted to be a cowboy. In a 2005 “TV Guide” article he was quoted as saying, “I would love to play a real old-style cowboy like Rooster Cogburn.” 

Untitled oil painting by Richard Lillis
Pre-Auction Estimate $600-900

Brian Lebel, auction owner (and fan of western pulp and illustration art himself), is thrilled to be offering the actor’s collection. “I always liked the characters Dennis played,” Lebel says. “He could be both serious and comedic at the same time. The art in his collection is like that too.”   

The Dennis Farina Art Collection is part of over 400 lots of authentic western art and Americana to be offered at Lebel’s 27th annual Old West Auction. Held at the Amon G. Carter Jr Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial, the auction is set for 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 11, 2016. An auction preview is offered, and both the auction and preview are free and open to the public. Internet, phone and absentee bidding options are also available. Catalogs are available for purchase, or lots may be viewed online at bid.oldwestevents.com. For more information visit www.oldwestevents.com or call 480-779-9378.