Santa Fe’s Most Unique Shopping Event Returns in June with the Cody Old West Show & Auction

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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.

2018 Cody Old West Show Santa Fe Shoppers

2018 Cody Old West Show Santa Fe Shoppers

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

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.

Eanger Irving Couse oil painting; estimate $125,000-150,000.

Eanger Irving Couse oil painting; estimate $125,000-150,000.

2018 Cody Old West Auction - Live in Santa Fe

2018 Cody Old West Auction - Live in Santa Fe

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, 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.

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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.

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 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: 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 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: 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.

Billy the Kid Tintype Brings $2.3 Million

Billy the Kid Tintype

Billy the Kid Tintype


Billy the Kid Tintype Brings $2.3 Million at Record-Breaking Auction

Denver, CO -- The famous “Upham tintype” of Billy the Kid sold on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction, bringing $2.3 million including the premium. This is a record price paid at auction for an historical photograph, and is a record for any single item at Lebel’s event, now in its 22nd year. Total sales equaled $3.6 million for 444 lots, a total sales record for the auction house. An impressive 94% sales rate was realized overall.

 It took 2 1/2 minutes from the opening bid to the fall of the hammer for Billy’s tintype to sell, with 5 bidders involved to 1.2 million and 2 bidders through the final stretch, all of whom were present on the floor. The winning bidder was Florida billionaire and collector, William Koch, who graciously granted interviews, posed for photos and even signed autographs after the sale.

 A number of pieces brought well above-estimate prices, including a John Wayne Productions movie hat that sold on the telephone for $17,250, more than 10 times the low estimate. The Andy Warhol serigraph, “Mother and Child” (est. $8 -10,000), brought $18,400. Other notable pieces include the Ed Borein watercolor, “California Vaquero” which brought $138,000, a record auction price for a Borein watercolor. A Colt Single Action with provenance to the Johnson County War brought $46,000 in a heated bidding contest.

 Brian Lebel, auction owner, stated, “Across the board, prices were strong, and good pieces brought good money, as they always do. I hear people complain that no one is interested in Western art and Americana anymore. I would like to think that this past weekend proves otherwise.”

 A complete list of prices realized is available at Additional details from the auction appear below.


Personal belt buckles of rodeo legend Jim Shoulders sold in 3 consecutive lots for a total of $27,600 combined, with the first offered bringing an impressive $12,650.

Phone bidding was fast and furious for a unique and finely woven Navajo “cow rug” that brought $8,625 (est. $3,500 - 5,500).

The personal scrapbook of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West performer, Jordan Cottle brought $20,700 after a lively battle between bidders on the floor and the phones. Cottle’s Wild West presentation Colt Double Action was equally sought after, realizing $26,450 in another contest between the phones and the floor.

 The best line of the night was likely heard during the sale of original copies of the divorce depositions between Buffalo Bill Cody and his wife Louisa Cody. When the bidding stalled at $5,000 a ringman exclaimed, “They’re the cheapest divorce papers you’ll ever get!” They sold for $6,325.

(All prices include buyers’ premium.)