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 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.

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 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.

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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.
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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.

Geronimo’s Necklace and Original Signature for Sale at Auction

A leather and beaded necklace that once belonged to Geronimo, and a signature purchased in 1893 from the famed Apache warrior, will both be offered at auction on January 21, 2017 at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction in Mesa, Arizona.

Relic condition necklace that belonged to Geronimo. Estimate $20,000-30,000.

Mesa, AZ – 439 total lots are scheduled to cross the block on Saturday night, January 21st, at Old West Events’ annual live auction of authentic western art and artifacts, with pre-auction estimates totaling over $2.2 million. Among the many historic items being offered are two that are directly related to the infamous Apache hero, Geronimo: his necklace (estimate $20,000-30,000), and a framed, original signature (estimate $3,000-4,000).

Copy of 1958 newspaper article featuring the story of Geronimo's necklace.

Brian Lebel, auction owner, is pleased to offer the two authentic pieces. “Both of the items are accompanied by provenance,” he says. “And both also have great stories that go with them. I like it when that happens – when history and personality come together”

The necklace was collected by a young man during Geronimo’s capture, and passed through his family, until it was eventually sold because there was no family left to leave it to. The signature, which is framed along with a photo, was one that was purchased from Geronimo for 50 cents at the Buffalo Exhibition of 1893, while the famous prisoner was “on exhibition.”

Another auction item with Native American history is the top estimated lot of the evening, an 1874 Sharps rifle that was forensically proven to have been used by Indian warriors at Custer’s Last Stand. The gun, which has been featured in numerous books and publications, is estimated to sell for between $300,000 – 500,000.

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. 

Western Art from Estate of Actor Dennis Farina for Sale at Auction in Fort Worth, Texas

FORT WORTH – Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction is proud to announce the sale of the Dennis Farina Western Art Collection as part of its 27th annual Old West Show & Auction weekend event, June 11-12, 2016 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX. Approximately ten pieces from the popular actor’s estate will cross the block, consisting primarily of early-to-mid twentieth century Western illustration and pulp art, and featuring action-packed scenes of cowboys, lawmen and bank robbers, by artists such as Buck McCain, Olaf Wieghorst and Richard Lillis. 

Dennis Farina (1944-2013) was a familiar face in both film and television. A busy actor, he is probably best known for his role as Detective Joe Fontana on “Law and Order.” Frequently cast as either a mobster or a cop, he was “discovered” while working in the burglary division of the Chicago Police Department. Though his characters were cops and robbers, Dennis, like so many men of his generation, wanted to be a cowboy. In a 2005 “TV Guide” article he was quoted as saying, “I would love to play a real old-style cowboy like Rooster Cogburn.” 

Untitled oil painting by Richard Lillis
Pre-Auction Estimate $600-900

Brian Lebel, auction owner (and fan of western pulp and illustration art himself), is thrilled to be offering the actor’s collection. “I always liked the characters Dennis played,” Lebel says. “He could be both serious and comedic at the same time. The art in his collection is like that too.”   

The Dennis Farina Art Collection is part of over 400 lots of authentic western art and Americana to be offered at Lebel’s 27th annual Old West Auction. Held at the Amon G. Carter Jr Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial, the auction is set for 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 11, 2016. An auction preview is offered, and both the auction and preview are free and open to the public. Internet, phone and absentee bidding options are also available. Catalogs are available for purchase, or lots may be viewed online at bid.oldwestevents.com. For more information visit www.oldwestevents.com or call 480-779-9378.

Shop Authentic Western Art, Antiques and Fine Merchandise at the Old West Show & Auction, June 11-12, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas

Buy, sell or trade with over 200 exceptional vendors at Brian Lebel’s Old West Show’s 27th annual dealer sale, or bid at the exciting live Saturday night Old West Auction of Cowboy, Indian and Western art and artifacts.

Fort Worth, TX – The Nation’s largest and most important annual event for collectors and enthusiasts of the American West will be held June 11-12, 2016 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX. Celebrating its 27th year (its 2nd annual in Texas), Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction hosts over 200 dealers and exhibitors in authentic western fine art, collectibles, apparel, jewelry, home design, antique & historic firearms, books, boots, spurs, saddles and other fine merchandise. Museums, Magazines, Authors and Non-Profits round out the exhibitors. General admission to the Show is $10/day, kids under 12 free. Discount tickets and early buy-in available at www.oldwestevents.com. 

Bidding is fast and furious at the live, Saturday night Old West Auction of 400 lots of authentic, fine western art and artifacts with estimates exceeding $1.5 million. A preview will be held Friday and Saturday. The auction and preview are both free and open to the public. Bidding may also be done online, by phone or absentee. Catalogs available for $30 or lots may be viewed online. 

Among a number of notable auction lots with Texas history, are Dallas Cowboy’s former owner Bum Bright’s personal Bohlin saddle (estimate $35,000-45,000), and Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Honoree, Clint People’s Remington Rifle (estimate $5,000-6,000). For those interested in Hollywood cowboys, there’s Jimmy Stewart’s suit from “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (estimate $2,500-3,500), and the “new-fangled” barber chair where Wyatt got his shave in the iconic scene from “My Darling Clementine” (estimate $1,500-2,500).  

For the First Time in Texas, Buy, Sell & Trade Authentic Western Art and Artifacts at the Annual Old West Show & Auction, June 6-7th in Fort Worth

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Over 200 show vendors and 400 auction lots of authentic cowboy, Indian and western art, antiques, collectibles and other fine merchandise will be showcased at Brian Lebel’s 26th Annual Old West Show & Auction, being held for the first time in Texas this June.

Fort Worth, TX – April 10, 2015: Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction, the annual event for collectors and enthusiasts of the American West, is moving its 26th annual weekend vendor show and Saturday night auction to the Amon G. Carter Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, June 6-7, 2015. Over 200 Old West Show vendors from around the country will offer authentic western fine art, collectibles, apparel, jewelry, home design, antique & historic firearms, books, boots, spurs and other fine merchandise. Saturday night features the Old West Auction, offering 400 lots of authentic western art and artifacts with pre-sale estimates totaling over $2 million. The auction is free and open to the public. General admission to the Show is $10/day, kids under 12 free. Discount tickets and early buy-in available at www.oldwestevents.com.

“We’re very excited to move to Texas,” says event founder, Brian Lebel. “The city of Fort Worth has done an amazing job of preserving its historic western roots while still encouraging contemporary art and culture.” He adds, “It’s a mission we share.” Lebel intends to make Fort Worth the event’s new permanent home and hopes the public embraces it. “When people see just how many vendors we have, and the quality and authenticity of their merchandise, then they understand why both dealers and shoppers come from around the world to attend. Once somebody sees what we’re up to, they never want to miss it again.”

Lebel began the Old West Show & Auction in Cody, Wyoming as a small gathering of like-minded enthusiasts. After 19 years in Cody, the event spent the next 6 in Denver, Colorado. Now, in its 26th year, the Old West Show & Auction has grown into the nation’s premiere annual Western Americana shopping event. For all the details visit: www.oldwestevents.com or call 480-779-WEST (9378).

Old West Show Vendors Doing Their Thing...

26th Annual Old West Show & Auction Event Schedule:

Show Schedule – General Admission:
Saturday, June 6, 2015:  9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday, June 7, 2015: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$10 per day, children under 12 free. Discount tickets and early buy-in available online.

Live Auction Schedule:
Saturday, June 6, 2015: 5:00 pm - finish

Life Imitates Art at the Old West Show

Life Imitates Art at the Old West Show

Preview will be held Friday 9-5, and Saturday 9-4:30. Both the auction and preview are free and open to the public. Absentee, Internet and phone bidding options available. Catalogs available for purchase.

Location:
Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibit Hall – Will Rogers Memorial Center
3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107

Over $2 Million in Western Fine Art, Antiques and Collectibles to Cross the Block at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction in Fort Worth

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APRIL 6, 2015

Over $2 Million in Western Fine Art, Antiques and Collectibles to Cross the Block at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction in Fort Worth

June 6-7, 2015 marks the 26th annual Old West Show & Auction, featuring fine Western art and Americana, with over 200 Show vendors and 400 auction lots.

FORT WORTH – For the first time ever in Texas, Brian Lebel’s annual Old West Show & Auction will be held June 6-7, 2015 at the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. The event features a weekend vendor show with over 200 exhibitors in authentic cowboy, Indian and western arts and antiques; and an exciting, live Saturday night auction of approximately 400 lots of authentic Western art and artifacts, with pre-sale estimates totaling over $2 million. 

Frank Paul Sauerwein, Kiva at Acoma Pueblo, Watercolor, 11 1/2" x 8" (Est. $6000-9000)

This year’s auction highlights offer pieces from a variety of different collecting categories. Fine art offerings include works by such noted artists as Frank McCarthy, Will James, Bill Owen, Scott Rogers, Richard Friese, Donna Howell-Sickles, Howard Post, Buck McCain, Dave Powell, Eric Michaels, Mehl Lawson, Joe Beeler, Robert Winter, L.A. Huffman, Frank Sauerwein, Dale Ford, Sidney Harry Riesenberg and other deceased and contemporary artists. Three pieces by noted Indian portrait painter, E. A. Burbank will be offered, including a pastel portrait of Virgil Earp (estimate: $60,000-80,000).

The Old West is well-represented with fine artifacts such as Annie Oakley’s Remington rifle, trophy and photos (estimate: $300,000-325,000); Frank Stillwell’s Colt Single Action revolver, believed to be the gun with which he shot Morgan Earp; Wyatt Earp’s walking stick; Cherokee Bill’s Winchester; and Pawnee Bill’s personal saddle. Several early Wyoming Territory saddles and accessories will be offered, by makers such as Meanea and Gallatin. 

Related to the Old West, but more contemporarily created, are six life-size, folk art carvings by the esteemed Arizona carver, Dee Flagg, who carved every piece by hand. Crafted to fine detail and dressed in period clothing, the lifelike figures are of Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Daniel Boone, Jesse James, Calamity Jane, and of course, Billy the Kid (estimate: $15,000-20,000 each).

Cowboy trappings from spurs to saddles are always well-represented at Lebel’s auctions, and this sale boasts a number of rare and impressive pieces. There are several sterling parade saddles, including Bohlin examples, as well as a stunning Loomis Saddlery saddle that belonged to the famous Santa Barbara rancher, Dixie W. Thompson. The custom saddle, originally crafted in 1889 and displayed at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, is ornately decorated in fine silverwork by the Tiffany-trained master, Edwin Field (estimate: $60,000-80,000). The saddle has been in the collection of San Francisco’s de Young Museum for almost ninety years, and its sale will benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Fransico’s acquisition funds. Auction owner Brian Lebel states, “This is a rare opportunity to purchase a custom masterwork with extensive California and American history as well as museum provenance. I’m honored to offer it.”

Among the Native American antiquities being offered is the ensemble of an Apache Warrior, originally collected in Texas and held in a private collection for the past 140 years. A scarce, fully beaded horse’s neck drape; a ledger-style, circa 1880s Sioux model tipi; silver Navajo bridles and many other fine Indian artifacts will also cross the block, including an impressive pair of quilled Mandan leggings.

Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2015 in the Amon G. Carter Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX. The Old West Show is held at the same location on Saturday and Sunday, June 6th and 7th. This is the first year in Texas for Lebel’s venerable event, which began in Cody, Wyoming 26 years ago. Of the move to the Lone Star State, Lebel says, “Fort Worth is a city that embraces its rich western history while still celebrating its contemporary culture.” He adds, “It’s a perfect fit for us, and I’m not sure why we didn’t make the move sooner.”

Admission to the Old West Show is $10 per day with children under 12 free, and discount tickets are available online. Admission to the Auction and Auction Preview are free and open to the public. Bidder registration is free, and bidding is available live, online, by telephone or absentee. Catalogs are available for purchase. Details can be found at www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.