The Lone Ranger’s Bohlin Saddle for Sale at Lebel’s Old West Auction in June

6/17/18
The Lone Ranger’s Bohlin Saddle for Sale at Lebel’s Old West Auction in June

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.

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Iconic Record Producer and Dallas Native, Snuff Garrett’s Western Memorabilia Collection at Auction

Items from Snuff Garrett’s legendary collection of Hollywood Cowboy Memorabilia will be sold at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction, June 10, 2017 in Fort Worth, TX.

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.

Snuff John Wayne and Friends

Personal items of John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Tom Mix and other Hollywood Cowboys at January Auction

John Wayne’s movie-worn shirt, Roy Rogers’ eagle boots, and Tom Mix’s batwing chaps are among the memorabilia of the golden era of the Hollywood cowboy that will cross the block at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction on January 21st in Mesa, Arizona.

Label from John Wayne movie shirt by Western Costume Co. Estimate $3,000-4,000.

Label from John Wayne movie shirt by Western Costume Co. Estimate $3,000-4,000.

Mesa, AZ – Hollywood cowboys are coming to the desert at Old West Events’ annual live auction of authentic western art and artifacts, including personal items from the some of the most famous film and television cowboys of our time. Among the notable collectibles being offered is a John Wayne shirt by Western Costume Co. that Wayne wore in numerous films (estimate $3,000-4,000); a number of personal items from Roy Rogers, including boots, hats and photographs; and many lots related to Tom Mix, both personal items and original lithograph posters. 439 total lots will be offered at the sale on Saturday night, January 21st, with pre-auction estimates totaling over $2.2 million.

Tom Mix original lithograph poster. 

Tom Mix original lithograph poster. 

“In our business we talk a lot about how we’re losing the audience who knows who Tom Mix was,” says auction owner Brian Lebel. “And people get nervous.” He goes on, “As long as we continue to value these rare collectibles, if we remember that they are artifacts of a period in American history, we won’t forget. Tom Mix’s career began over a century ago, these items are historic.”

All lots may be previewed on-site during auction weekend. Bidding may be done live, online, by telephone or absentee. The auction and preview are both 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-long western art and antique vendor show. The show is held at the Mesa Convention Center; the auction is held at the adjacent Phoenix Marriot Mesa. Details, auction highlights, catalog sales and much more is available at: www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

Tom Mix's personal Stetson hat with original box. Estimate $3,000-4,000.

Tom Mix's personal Stetson hat with original box. Estimate $3,000-4,000.

Notable among the Tom Mix items for auction are his personal batwing chaps (estimate $15,000-25,000); a Stetson hat with its original box (est. $3,000-4,000); custom cowboy boots (est. $8,000-12,000); and a custom pair of Bob Baldwin, Canon City Penitentiary made spurs with Edward H. Bohlin straps (est. $20,000-30,000). In addition to Roy Rogers’ red-white-and-blue double eagle boots (est. $3,000-3,500), is an iconic Roy Rogers’ Nudie’s Rodeo Tailor outfit (estimate $5,000-8,000), and a Nudie’s hat with silver hatband that is inscribed by Roy to his friend, famed record producer, Snuff Garrett (est. $2,000-2,500).

Other Hollywood cowboys represented in the sale include Rex Allen, Tim McCoy, James Arness, Gene Autry, Monte Montana and Will Rogers.