Most Anticipated Western Shopping Event of the Year Returns to Mesa with Lebel's Old West Show & Auction

The 2019 Western art and antiques season kicks-off with Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction, January 25-27, 2019 in Mesa, AZ, featuring over 180 weekend show dealers, and an exciting two-night live auction event with over $6 million in auction estimates.

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Mesa, AZ – Brian Lebel’s Old West Events presents the 29th annual Mesa Old West Show & Auction (formerly the High Noon Show & Auction) at the Mesa Convention Center and adjacent Delta Marriott Mesa, January 25-27th, 2019. The weekend Old West Show hosts over 180 dealers in authentic cowboy, Western and Native American art, antiques and design; the Old West Auction will see 775 lots cross the block with the auction of the Robert G. McCubbin Collection on Friday night, and the 29th annual Mesa Old West Auction on Saturday night. The annual three-day event is regarded as the premiere event in the Western collecting industry and is attended by collectors and enthusiasts from around the world.

The Mesa Old West Show will feature over 180 national dealers of authentic western art, antiques, apparel, décor, jewelry, collectibles, antique firearms, Native American arts and artifacts, photography, boots, books and other fine western merchandise in all price ranges. Held at the Mesa Convention Center, 9-4 on Saturday and 9-3 on Sunday, January 26-27, 2019. General admission is $10/day, kids under 12 are free, and discount general admission tickets may be purchased online. A Friday “VIP early buy-in” is available for $100, allowing collectors access to the show during all vendor hours, beginning at 8:00 am on Friday morning at the start of dealer set-up.


This year’s Mesa Auction will include a special Friday night sale in addition to the usual Saturday evening auction. The Robert G. McCubbin Old West Photography Collection will be sold exclusively on Friday, January 25th, and includes numerous rare and collectable photographs. Historic artifacts and ephemera from the McCubbin Collection will be offered on Saturday night, January 26th, as part of the annual, multi-consignor Mesa Old West Auction. At over 1,500 total pieces (to be sold individually and in lots), the McCubbin Photography and Artifact Collection is the largest and most extensive of its kind in public hands, and the first to come available for public sale. The most highly anticipated auction lot of the weekend is the Billy the Kid knife, estimated to sell for between $800,000-1.2 million.

Both the Robert G. McCubbin Photography Auction and the 29th Annual Mesa Old West Auction will be held at the Delta Marriott Mesa, January 25-26th, 2019 beginning both nights at 5:00 pm. All lots may be previewed on-site, and the auctions are free and open to the public. Bidder registration is free and bidding may be done live, online, mobile, by phone or absentee. Catalogs are available for purchase, or may be viewed online at https://auctions.oldwestevents.com.

More information on both the show and the auctions is available at www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378. Even more of Old West Events can be found on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, #MesaOldWest.

Mesa Old West Show General Admission Schedule:
Saturday, January 26: 9am - 4pm
Sunday, January 27: 9am - 3pm
$10/day, under 12 free.
Dealer set-up: Friday, January 25, 8am - 5pm. Early entry tickets available for $100.

Mesa Old West Auction Schedule:
The Robert G. McCubbin Photography Collection - Friday, January 25: 5:00 pm
The 29th Annual Old West Auction - Saturday, January 26: 23: 5:00 pm
Preview: Friday, June 22, 9am - 5pm & Saturday, June 23 9am - 4:30pm
Auctions and previews are both free and open to the public.

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

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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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Unique Western Shopping Event Coming for the First Time to Santa Fe in June

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 Brian Lebel’s annual Cody Old West Show & Auction is moving to Santa Fe, NM June 23-24, 2018, featuring a weekend vendor sale of fine western Americana, along with a live Saturday night auction of authentic western art and artifacts.

Brian Lebel’s Old West Events is excited to announce that their 29th annual summer event, the Cody Old West Show & Auction™, is moving to the Santa Fe Community Convention Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Saturday and Sunday, June 23rd and 24th. The Old West Show will feature over 100 national dealers of authentic western art, antiques, apparel, décor, jewelry, collectibles, antique firearms, Native American arts and artifacts, photography, boots, books and other fine western merchandise in all price ranges. General admission is $10 per day, or $15 for a weekend pass. Attendees under 12, over 70, and active military receive free general admission. Early buy-in tickets are available for Friday entry during dealer set-up. Details, discounts, schedules and the complete vendor list can be found at oldwestevents.com.

The Saturday night Old West Auction will see approximately 290 lots of authentic western fine art, artifacts and collectibles cross the block in front of a live audience. Fast-paced and exciting, items will sell at an average of 60-70 lots per hour, or one every minute. Among the highlights of this year’s auction are the Lone Ranger’s silver saddle from the 1950’s television series (estimate $40,000-60,000); a pair of police-used, engraved revolvers from famed 20th century Texas Ranger, Clint Peoples (estimate $12,000-16,000); antique and contemporary Southwest pueblo pottery from a noted Colorado collection ($2,000-10,000); and exceptionally rare, hand-painted, glass title art from the western TV series, “Have Gun - Will Travel” and “The Lone Ranger” (estimate $30,000-40,000 each). The auction will be held Saturday, June 23rd 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.

Slim Green Rodeo Parade Saddle - Auction Estimate $12,000-16,000

Slim Green Rodeo Parade Saddle - Auction Estimate $12,000-16,000

The Cody Old West Show & Auction began in Cody, Wyoming, where it was held for 19 years, before relocating first to Denver, CO and then Fort Worth. TX. The auction is best known for having sold the only authenticated tintype of Billy the Kid for a record $2.3 million in June of 2011. Event founder, Brian Lebel is a Santa Fe resident, and is excited about the move to New Mexico. “We’re really hoping to contribute to the City and the community,” Lebel says. “Particularly during a weekend that is considered early in the tourist season.” This year’s Old West event coincides with the 69th annual Rodeo de Santa Fe, and coincidentally, the auction is selling a vintage custom saddle made by Rodeo de Santa Fe co-founder, Slim Green (estimate $12,000-16,000). Completed in the mid-1950s, Slim agreed to make the saddle for Rodeo board member L.L. Langtry “in exchange for some real estate.”

Both the Show and Auction will be held at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St, Santa Fe. Details, schedules, discount offers, hotel partners, auction highlights, vendor lists and much more can be found at www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

Cody Old West Show™ General Admission Schedule:
Saturday, June 23: 9am - 4pm
Sunday, June 24: 10am - 4pm
$10/day or $15/weekend. Under 12, over 70, and active military (with ID) receive free general admission.

Dealer set-up: Friday, June 22, 8am - 5pm. Early entry tickets available for $100.

Cody Old West Auction™ Schedule:
Saturday, June 23: 5:00 pm
Preview: Friday, June 22, 9am - 5pm & Saturday, June 23 9am - 4:30pm
Auction and preview are both free and open to the public.

Borein Watercolor Brings Top Dollar at Lebel's Mesa Old West Auction

The top lot at Brian Lebel’s Mesa Old West Auction was an action-packed watercolor by cowboy artist Edward Borein that realized $76,700 in front of a packed house at the 28th annual sale. 

MESA, AZ – 305 auction lots crossed the block on Saturday evening, January 20th at Brian Lebel’s Mesa Old West Auction, held live at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa in Mesa, Ariz. Total live sales topped $1.1 million, with an impressive 94.3% sell-through rate. The auction opened to a standing room only crowd of approximately 600 people, with additional bidders on 2 Internet platforms and a busy phone bank, as well as brisk absentee bidding.   

The top seller of the night was lot 139, an Edward Borein watercolor that sold for $76,700, firmly within its $65,000 – 85,000 presale estimate. Lebel’s auctions traditionally do extremely well with Borein’s work, and hold a number of auction sales records for the artist. A smaller watercolor by the artist brought $12,980. The second highest selling lot was lot 201, a shirt, leggings and moccasins outfit that belonged to famed Apache Chief and Geronimo’s nephew, Asa Daklugie, which brought $56,050 to an absentee bidder.

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Continuing the recent trend, cowboy material was very strong. A Bohlin Rose Parade silver parade saddle that once belonged to Bob Tanner brought more than its high estimate of $40,000 realizing $47,200 to a determined phone bidder. Miniature saddles did exceptionally well, with the one-of-a-kind L.D. Stone salesman sample-sized saddle that almost doubled its low estimate, ultimately realizing $44,250 to a floor bidder in the room. The highly anticipated set of Duff Severe salesman sample-sized saddles that had once been displayed at the Smithsonian realized $26,550.

Salesman sample saddles were not the only popular miniatures of the evening. A group of three Roy Luttrell miniature wagons each brought more than 4 times their high estimates of $4,000, selling for $18,800, $20,060 and $21,240 each after fast-paced bidding between a floor bidder and an absentee bidder. They were the runaway items of the night, resulting in a round of applause from the packed room.  

Hollywood cowboys did well, with a Matt Dillon “Gunsmoke” used Colt Single Action bringing $24,780 to a floor bidder, which was more than twice its low estimate of $10,000. Monte Hale’s Colt Single Action realized $9,440, almost 8 times its low estimate of $1,200. Who says the old Hollywood cowboys have been forgotten?

Auction owner, Brian Lebel is pleased with the results. “I am thrilled to see that cowboy material continues to sell well,” says Lebel. “This business is always changing, but it’s heartening to know that great material still sells for great prices. We say that all the time in our business, but it’s nice to be reminded that it’s true.”

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The Old West Show saw record-breaking crowds on Saturday, and brisk dealer and early-buy-in sales on Friday. Vendors were extremely happy, and there were numerous reports of nearly sold-out booths and six-figure sales. Next year’s Mesa Event dates are January 26, 2019 for the Auction and Jan 26-27 for the Mesa Old West Show. The June Cody Old West Show & Auction will celebrate its 29th annual event this June 23-24, 2018 at its new venue in Santa Fe, NM at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Visit OldWestEvents.com for details.

(all prices include buyer’s premium)

Custer Battlefield Gun Sells for $258,750 at Historic $1.5 Million Old West Auction

The first firearm to be forensically proven to have been at The Battle of the Little Bighorn sold for over a quarter of a million dollars at the 27th annual Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction in Mesa, Arizona.

Indian-used Sharps from Custer's Last Stand - Sold $258,750

MESA, AZ – It was standing room only with a crowd of nearly 800 people at the 27th annual live auction of authentic Western art and artifacts, where 435 lots crossed the block at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa for Brian Lebel’s High Noon auction presented by Old West Events. Total sales topped $1.5 million, with the top lot of the night – the historic, Indian-used Custer Battlefield Sharps Rifle – bringing $258,750 to a bidder on the phone. With nearly as many registered phone and Internet bidders and live bidders, the bidding was fast-paced and exciting, with an overall sell-through rate of 92.6%.

Other notable sales from the auction included the back cover lot, an Edward Borein watercolor, which sold within estimate at $51,750. Lebel’s auctions specialize in Borein’s work, and currently hold the auction record for a Borein watercolor. Another impressive lot of the evening was the Keyston Bros. World’s Fair Exhibition saddle, which hammered well over estimate after a spirited bidding war between the floor bidders and a determined phone bidder, with the floor ultimately winning the exquisite saddle for $115,000.*

Roy Rogers' Nudie's suit (from the Estate of Snuff Garrett), shown in this publicity shot, sold for more than twice its low estimate, bringing $12,260.

Cowboy trappings were particularly strong this sale, with an impressive pair of spurs that belonged to the legendary Charlie Sample bringing above estimate at $34,500. A stunning engraved Colt Single Action realized over triple its low estimate, selling for $18,150. The first of two Old West Events auctions offering items from the estate of Snuff Garrett, the sale proved that both Snuff and his collections remain well remembered and respected. Snuff’s Roy Rogers Nudies outfit, for example, brought $12,260, more than twice its low estimate.

Brian Lebel, auction owner, is thrilled with the sale and enthusiastic about the art and auction markets. “A number of important things happened at this auction,” says Lebel. “I am happy that cowboy material is making a strong comeback, and I am very happy to report that we sold a significant number of lots to buyers who are brand new to us.” He adds, “There is a perception that the western collectibles industry is in the hands of a few select buyers. I can assure you after the results of the Mesa auction, and the sheer numbers of new and seasoned successful bidders, that this is not true.”

Old West Events also hosts a weekend vendor show in conjunction with the auction. The show drew a record number of vendors at 183, as well as record breaking attendance numbers, with well over 3,000 people attending. Numerous vendors reported having, “Our best show ever!” or “Our best Mesa sales ever!” Says Lebel, “Early buy-in was extremely high, and Saturday crowds were unlike any we’ve seen in over a decade.” Next year’s 28th annual Mesa show and auction is scheduled for January 20-21, 2018, and the annual Fort Worth Show & Auction will be held this June 10-11, 2017.

More information on all of Old West Events’ shows and auctions – including the full prices realized list for the current Mesa sale – can be found on the website www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

*(all reported prices include buyers premium)

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.

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).