Artifacts with Santa Fe and New Mexico History to Cross the Block at Million Dollar Auction in Santa Fe on June 23rd

Artifacts with Santa Fe and New Mexico History to Cross the Block at Million Dollar Auction in Santa Fe on June 23rd

Among the 290 auction lots for sale at Brian Lebel’s 29th annual Cody Old West Auction in Santa Fe, are items with Santa Fe or New Mexico history, including a Slim Green Rodeo de Santa Fe parade saddle; items from the collection of former Santo Domingo Governor Jose Reano; the original 1880s tin sign from the Lincoln Saloon; pottery by award-winning Pueblo potters; and sculpture by late Santa Fe artist, Ernest Badynski.

The 29th annual Cody Old West Auction is pleased to offer a number of auction lots with connections to historic New Mexico figures, places and artists. Approximately 290 total lots will cross the block at the live auction, including a “Rodeo de Santa Fe” parade saddle created by noted New Mexico maker, Slim Green, which is estimated to sell for between $12,000-16,000. Slim was one of the co-founders of the Rodeo de Santa Fe, and he crafted the custom leather-tooled and silver engraved showpiece in the 1950s for fellow Rodeo Board Member L.L. Langley. Complete with matching bridle and breast collar, according to Slim, he made the ensemble in exchange for “some real estate.” The live auction will be held Saturday, June 23rd beginning at 5:00 pm in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center; absentee, mobile, telephone and online bidding options are also offered. Pre-auction estimates total over $1.4 million. A preview is held on Friday and Saturday, and both the preview and auction are free and open to the public.

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