FORT WORTH, TX – Old West Events is pleased to announce Part II of the auction of items from Snuff Garrett’s Fine Western Collection. One of the most successful American record producers of all time, Snuff Garrett was raised in the golden era of the Hollywood cowboy, and his collection includes original movie posters, fine art, photographs, Edward H. Bohlin custom work, and iconic Hollywood memorabilia. Approximately 70 pieces from Snuff’s personal collection will be offered at the annual sale, which will be held live 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.
This is the second auction this year from Old West Events to feature Garrett’s pieces. Auction owner, Brian Lebel was a personal friend of Snuff’s and is honored to have the opportunity to find new homes for Snuff’s favorite pieces. “Snuff was always a Texas boy at heart,” says Lebel. “He might have been a big-shot in Los Angeles, but he never forgot where he came from.” Lebel is quick to add, “And he never let anyone else forget it either.”
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.
Snuff Garrett (1938 -2015)
Thomas Lesslie “Snuff” Garrett was born in Dallas, Texas. He dropped out of high school, became a disc jockey in Lubbock, and went on to become the most successful record producer of the 1960s and 1970s. A few of his stable of artists included Bobby Vee, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Johnny Burnette, Del Shannon, Cher, Brenda Lee, Nancy Sinatra and countless others. He worked with Phil Spector, Carole King, Leon Russell, Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds. Snuff’s great talent was his ability to know a hit song when he heard one, and know who should sing it. He was, to everyone’s agreement, a genius in that respect.
Snuff loved music, and he loved art. Along with his music friends, and Hollywood friends, Snuff had artist friends. Olaf Wieghorst, Joe Beeler, Michael Coleman, Fred Harman, Bob Scriber, Grant Speed and many others. Snuff’s home was filled with art from his cowboy artist buddies. It was also filled with movie posters. Framed original lithographs hung floor to ceiling, featuring the antics of Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, Rex Allen and the others. He also loved the flash and fashion of the Hollywood cowboy, and purchased the famous Bohlin Company shortly after Ed Bohlin’s death. His custom Bohlin pieces are as fun as he was. These are a few of the pieces from Snuff’s lifetime collection to be offered at this special June sale.