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Brian Lebel’s annual Cody Old West Show & Auction is celebrating its 2nd year in Santa Fe, and its 30th overall, this June 22nd-23rd, featuring a weekend vendor sale of cowboy, Indian and western Americana, along with a live Saturday night auction of authentic western art and artifacts.
SANTA FE - This June 22nd and 23rd marks the 30th anniversary of Brian Lebel’s Cody Old West Show & Auction, and its 2nd year at its new home in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. The weekend vendor show hosts 130 national dealers, and the Saturday night auction will see over 200 lots cross the block, with presale estimates exceeding $1 million. Both events feature authentic cowboy, Native American and western art, antiques, apparel, décor, jewelry, collectibles, antique firearms, Native American artifacts, photography, boots, books and other fine western merchandise in all price ranges. General admission to the Show is $10 per day; the Cody Old West Auction is free and open to the public. Discount Show tickets, auction catalogs and complete details online at oldwestevents.com.
The Cody Old West Show packs the Convention Center with over 130 vendors from across the country, offering antique, vintage and modern items in prices ranging from $5 to $500,000. Everything from furniture to fine art, and cowboy spurs to cowgirl skirts will be represented, and all vendors are required to accurately represent the age and authenticity of their items. Thousands attended the 2018 event, which was its first year in Santa Fe. Show founder Brian Lebel (a Santa Fe resident) is hoping to build on last year’s success. “We are really pleased with the success of our inaugural year in Santa Fe,” Lebel says. “So we’re making an even bigger investment in local marketing and advertising this year in hopes of solidifying a place as one of the City’s ‘must-attend’ summer events.” General admission hours for the Show are Saturday, June 22nd, 9 am to 4 pm, and Sunday, June 23rd from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets are $10 per day; guests under 12, over 70, or active military receive free general admission. Patrons of the 70th annual Rodeo de Santa Fe receive free admission with their Rodeo ticket stub. $100 early/VIP buy-in is offered during vendor set-up on Friday and is good during all weekend vendor hours.
The Saturday night Cody Old West Auction will see approximately 250 lots of authentic western fine art, artifacts and collectibles cross the block in front of a live audience. Fast-paced and exciting, items sell at an average of 60-70 lots per hour, or one every minute. Highlights of this year’s auction include a painting by Taos master Eanger Irving Couse (estimate $125,000-150,000); a mid-19th century Native American quilled man’s shirt (estimate $200,000-250,000); a ledger signed by both Nicholas Earp and Virgil Earp (estimate $20,000-30,000); A framed collection of John Wesley Hardin artifacts and signatures (estimate $25,000-30,000); and personal items belonging to Hollywood cowboys such as Roy Rogers, Tom Mix and John Wayne. The auction will be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center on Saturday, June 22nd at 5:00 p.m., and all lots may be previewed live onsite Friday and Saturday. Both the auction and preview are free and open to the public. Bidder registration is free, and bidding may be done live, or via phone, online, mobile or absentee. Catalogs are available for purchase for $30, or may be viewed online approximately 3 weeks before the sale.
Discounts, details, schedules, hotel partners, auction highlights, vendor lists, FAQs and much more can be found at www.oldwestevents.com, by calling 480-779-9378, or visiting Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram.
Cody Old West Show™ General Admission Schedule & Prices:
Saturday, June 22: 9am - 4pm
Sunday, June 23: 10am - 4pm
$10/day. Discount tickets online.
Under 12, over 70, active military, and Rodeo de Santa Fe patrons receive FREE general admission.
Dealer set-up: Friday, June 21, 8am - 5pm. Early buy-in tickets available for $100.
Cody Old West Auction™ Schedule:
Saturday, June 22: 5:00 pm
Preview: Friday, June 21, 9am - 5pm & Saturday, June 22 9am - 4:30pm
Auction and preview are both free and open to the public.
About Old West Events
Old West Events is home to Brian Lebel's Old West Shows and Old West Auctions, held every January in Mesa, Arizona, and every June in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Each annual event consists of a weekend vendor sale with hundreds of dealers, along with an exciting, live Saturday night auction. Both the events feature the best authentic western art, antiques and artifacts available for public sale. The Old West Auction is best known for the 2011 sale of the only authenticated photograph of Billy the Kid (the “Upham tintype”) for $2.3 million.
Brian Lebel began the Cody Old West Show & Auction in June 1989 in Cody, Wyoming as a way to bring together like-minded collectors of cowboy and western antiques and trappings. The event was held in Cody every June for 19 years, before moving first to Denver, Colorado, then to Fort Worth, Texas, and finally to Santa Fe, New Mexico. In Spring of 2014, Lebel purchased the annual High Noon Show & Auction in Mesa, Arizona, and formed a new venture: Old West Events. The company prides itself on its reputation for honesty, quality and authenticity.