Gold and Sterling Custom Buckles from the Collection of Texas Style Icon, Harry Hudson, to Cross the Auction Block this June in Fort Worth, Texas

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Custom Hudson and Bohlin buckles and other fine accessories from the personal collection of Harry Hudson of Dallas and Marfa fame, to be sold live at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction June 10th.

FORT WORTH, TX – Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction is proud to offer at auction fine custom buckles and similar items from the personal collection of Texas celebrity, Harry H. Hudson. The collection, of which approximately 16 pieces will be offered, includes custom designs by Hudson himself, as well as Edward H. Bohlin pieces. Among the Bohlin buckles is a YO Ranch trophy buckle in 18K gold and sterling that is estimated to sell for $5,500 – 7,500. The live auction will be held on June 10, 2017 in Fort Worth, TX. Over 400 lots total of authentic western art and artifacts are scheduled to cross the block that evening, with pre-auction estimates exceeding $1.4 million.
 
Auction owner, Brian Lebel has known Hudson for decades, and says of him, “Harry know quality. He exudes it – from his boots to his hat. But like every good Texan, he knows the belt buckle is key.” Lebel is thrilled to have the opportunity. “I have always admired Harry’s taste,” Lebel says, “and I’m honored to handle some of his finest pieces.”

All auction lots may be previewed on-site during auction weekend. Bidding may be done in-person, online, by telephone or absentee. Bidder registration, the auction, and 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 western fine art and antiquities show featuring over 100 nationwide vendors. Both the show and auction are held at the Amon G. Carter Jr Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in the Fort Worth Cultural District. Details, auction highlights, catalog sales and much more are available at: www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

Custer 7th Cavalry Revolver was Top Seller at Old West Auction

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Custer 7th Cavalry Revolver was Top Seller at Old West Auction

Custer 7th Cavalry Colt Single Action - SOLD $53,100

Custer 7th Cavalry Colt Single Action - SOLD $53,100

DENVER – Brian Lebel's Old West Auction celebrated its 25th annual sale on Saturday, June 28th, with total realized prices topping a million dollars and an impressive 93% sell-through rate. The top lot of the night was a Colt Single Action Revolver dating from Custer's 7th Cavalry, which sold for $53,100 to a floor bidder in the room. The next best-selling lot was a stunning Nez Perce horse mask that sold on the phone for $47,200. Over 400 people attended the live auction, with hundreds of registered Internet bidders and dozens more bidding on the phone and absentee. The Auction was held in conjunction with the Old West Show, which featured 200 dealers, with over 3,000 people in attendance. 

One of the auction highlights was the highly anticipated Billy the Kid CDV, which sold on the Internet for $18,150, more than twice its low estimate. Items from the estate of infamous Texas businessman Rex Cauble created a bidding frenzy, with his Cutter Bill Championship diamond and sterling belt buckle selling to a determined phone bidder for $14,160. 

Saddles were perhaps the bargain purchases of the evening, with a Bohlin Dick Dickson model realizing $23,010, which was less than its low estimate; and a Bohlin Dick Dickson Jr. model bringing $35,400, which was right at the low estimate. 

Raphael Lillywhite "North Park" - SOLD $21,240

Raphael Lillywhite "North Park" - SOLD $21,240

Fine art brought respectable prices, with a large WHD Koerner painting selling on the floor for $11,800. Both a Raphael Lillywhite and a Will James brought $21,240 each, selling on the floor and the phone respectively. 

Overall, the sale was strong, with most items selling either firmly within or above estimate. Auction owner Brian Lebel feels that the market for Western art and artifacts remains strong and continues to attract new collectors. Lebel states, "We had more new bidders register for the sale this year than we have had in many, many years." He went on to add, "Some of it is because of the Internet, of course, but no amount of exposure would matter if the material wasn't desirable and authentic." Regarding the Old West Show, Lebel said, "We had the best early buy-in and Friday attendance numbers since relocating from Cody to Denver." 

For 2015, Lebel will be moving his Old West Show & Auction from Denver to Fort Worth, with dates scheduled for June 6-7 at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall of the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Lebel also recently purchased the High Noon Show & Auction, which will be held in Mesa, Arizona this coming January, 24-25, 2015. Details can be found at oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.