Blackfoot War Shirt brings $109,250 at Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction in Mesa, Arizona

A Blackfoot man’s beaded and hide shirt was top seller at the 26th annual auction of western art and Americana, which saw over 400 lots cross the block and realized $1.4 million in sales.

MESA, AZ – Nearly 500 people attended the 26th annual Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction in Mesa, Arizona on Saturday night, January 23rd, bidding on 430 lots of authentic cowboy, Indian and Western art and artifacts. Held at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa, the sale drew almost as many phone and internet bidders as live ones, keeping the phone-bank and the ring-men busy all night. With total sales topping $1.4 million, and lots in every price range, the fast-paced sale realized an incredible 93.5% sell-through rate.

From cover to cover, the sale was strong; the evening’s top seller was the catalog front cover lot, a Blackfoot man’s war shirt that sold for $109,250 to a phone bidder. (It was one of many Native American artifacts to bring impressive prices.) The back cover of the catalog, an Edward Borein watercolor, sold for $51,750, well above its presale estimate of $30,000-35,000. Lebel’s auctions are well-known for their Borein sales, as his June “Old West Auction” currently holds the Borein watercolor record.

Other notable western fine artists also brought fine prices, including a large and impressive Howard Post of a trio of horses that sold above estimate at $27,225; a LaVerne Nelson Black that more than doubled its low estimate, selling for $14,160; and a Charlie Russell bronze, which sold firmly within estimate at $9,200. Among the fine art bargains of the evening was a lively Ernesto Icaza, estimated at $15,000-25,000 that realized $12,980.

Saddles, spurs and other cowboy trappings are always big sellers, with a bit and spur set from Goldberg/Staunton bringing $40,250 after a bidding war between the phones and the floor, with the floor bidder ultimately prevailing. Historic firearms did well, as was evidenced by the sale of a Trapdoor Officer’s Model sporting rifle that sold above estimate for $19,550. An historic Ulysses S. Grant Peace Medal sold for $37,375 after yet another floor versus phone bidding frenzy.

Brian Lebel, auction owner, is pleased with the sale and enthusiastic about the market. His weekend vendor sale that accompanies the auction – Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show – was equally as successful, with record-breaking attendance and millions of dollars in sales. According to Lebel, “despite plummeting stocks, global conflict, record breaking snow, and an election year, it is clear from our crowds and results that the western art and antiques market remains robust and shows no signs of slowing.” Lebel is also happy with the growing global interest in the industry. “We had vendors and shoppers from around the world,” says Lebel. “I personally spoke to folks from Germany, Belgium, France and Tokyo.”

Next year’s Mesa High Noon Show & Auction will be held January 21-22, 2017 at the Mesa Convention Center and Phoenix Marriott Mesa, respectively. Lebel’s next event is the 27th annual “Old West Show & Auction” which will be held June 11-12, 2016 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information on any of these events, visit www.oldwestevents.com or call 480-779-9378.

(all reported prices include buyers premium)


Tom Horn Winchester Leads $1.8 million Sale!

February 1, 2015                    

 Tom Horn’s Winchester is Top Seller at Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction in Mesa, AZ

The last Winchester owned by old west outlaw, Tom Horn, sold for $149,500 at the 25th annual High Noon Auction, which realized over $1.8 million in total sales.

MESA, AZ – Over 400 auction lots crossed the block on the evening of January 24, 2015 at Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction, which saw total sales exceeding $1.8 million, with an impressive 95% sell-through rate. Almost 400 people were in attendance at the live event, with another few hundred bidding on the phones, absentee or via the Internet. Celebrating its 25th annual sale, it was the first High Noon Auction hosted by Brian Lebel since he purchased the event last Spring. According to Lebel, “we couldn’t have hoped for better results. We’re proud to carry on this tradition.”

The top seller of the night was lot 308, Tom Horn’s Winchester, which sold for $149,500 to a very excited phone bidder. Bidding was fast and furious, with interest coming from the phones, the Internet and the floor bidders. The lot sold firmly within its presale estimate of $125,000 - $175,000.

The second highest priced lot was the catalog cover lot, a Charles Russell letter to his friend the actor Harry Carey, which was one of numerous items from the Carey Family estate. The letter, which featured a Russell drawing and referred comically to buried booze on Carey’s ranch during Prohibition, sold for $126,500, which was slightly above its presale estimate of $90,000 - $115,000. It also sold to a phone bidder after a spirited bidding war between the phones and the floor.

Native American antiquities sold particularly well, with a stunning Cheyenne beaded cradleboard bringing $34,500, a very old Pueblo shield selling for $33,350 and a fine Plains beaded men’s war shirt realizing $32,200.

Fine art brought respectable prices as always, for both contemporary and deceased artists. Raphael Lillywhite’s (1891-1958) “Taos Scene” sold for $19,550; a rare Thomas Kinkade (1958-2012) original of a teepee scene entitled “Campfire at Dusk” brought $15,930 (just under its high estimate of $16,000); and a pair of John Moyers (b. 1958) oils brought $23,000 and $28,750. The surprise artwork sale of the night was the original mixed media painting by Richard Amsel for the movie poster for John Wayne’s final film, “The Shootist.” It sold for $18,400, which was more than twice its low estimate of $8,000. 

Perhaps the most excited bidder of the evening was the gentleman who won the bid for Harry Carey, Jr’s motorcycle vest from the 1985 movie, “The Mask.” Upon winning the bid for $1,046, he leapt to his feet with a cheer. He then wore his purchase for the rest of the evening, and then again all the next day at the affiliated event, Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show. Featuring over 165 vendors, the show hosted record numbers of attendees, and was widely said to be, “the best show we’ve attended in years.”

For more information about Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show & Auction, or the upcoming Old West Show & Auction to be held June 6-7, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas, please visit www.oldwestevents.com or call 480-779-9378.

Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction to Acquire the High Noon Show & Auction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 20, 2014 – Los Angeles-based High Noon Western Americana, and Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction, proudly announce their new business endeavor. Brian and Melissa Lebel will acquire the annual High Noon Show & Auction, held every January in Mesa, AZ, while continuing to operate their annual June event, currently held in Denver, CO.

Linda Kohn Sherwood and Joseph Sherwood, as High Noon Western Americana, though spinning off their event business, will continue their active roll with acquisitions, private sales & appraisals. With the addition of the Mesa event to its lineup, Lebel's Old West solidifies its position as the leader in the western arts and collectibles market. The Sherwoods and Lebels remain personally committed to the future of the American western antiquities business.

Both parties agree that the spirit of cooperation and teamwork that has always existed between the two entities will continue well into the future. “We feel that this is the best way to ensure that both events continue to be the finest, strongest, most reputable events in our business,” says Old West founder, Brian Lebel. “It’s a natural evolution.”

Linda Kohn Sherwood agrees. “Both of our companies are known for their excellent reputations and high standards. We are thrilled to be able to continue to deliver honesty, integrity, quality and continuity to all of our clients, in every capacity.” 

Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction celebrates its 25th annual event this June 27-29, 2014 at the Denver Mart in Denver, CO. The High Noon Show & Auction celebrates its 25th year this coming January 24-25, 2015 in Mesa, AZ. For more information on High Noon Western Americana or Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction, please visit www.highnoon.com and www.oldwestevents.com.