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.
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).
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.