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).  

Blackfoot War Shirt brings $109,250 at Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction in Mesa, Arizona

A Blackfoot man’s beaded and hide shirt was top seller at the 26th annual auction of western art and Americana, which saw over 400 lots cross the block and realized $1.4 million in sales.

MESA, AZ – Nearly 500 people attended the 26th annual Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction in Mesa, Arizona on Saturday night, January 23rd, bidding on 430 lots of authentic cowboy, Indian and Western art and artifacts. Held at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa, the sale drew almost as many phone and internet bidders as live ones, keeping the phone-bank and the ring-men busy all night. With total sales topping $1.4 million, and lots in every price range, the fast-paced sale realized an incredible 93.5% sell-through rate.

From cover to cover, the sale was strong; the evening’s top seller was the catalog front cover lot, a Blackfoot man’s war shirt that sold for $109,250 to a phone bidder. (It was one of many Native American artifacts to bring impressive prices.) The back cover of the catalog, an Edward Borein watercolor, sold for $51,750, well above its presale estimate of $30,000-35,000. Lebel’s auctions are well-known for their Borein sales, as his June “Old West Auction” currently holds the Borein watercolor record.

Other notable western fine artists also brought fine prices, including a large and impressive Howard Post of a trio of horses that sold above estimate at $27,225; a LaVerne Nelson Black that more than doubled its low estimate, selling for $14,160; and a Charlie Russell bronze, which sold firmly within estimate at $9,200. Among the fine art bargains of the evening was a lively Ernesto Icaza, estimated at $15,000-25,000 that realized $12,980.

Saddles, spurs and other cowboy trappings are always big sellers, with a bit and spur set from Goldberg/Staunton bringing $40,250 after a bidding war between the phones and the floor, with the floor bidder ultimately prevailing. Historic firearms did well, as was evidenced by the sale of a Trapdoor Officer’s Model sporting rifle that sold above estimate for $19,550. An historic Ulysses S. Grant Peace Medal sold for $37,375 after yet another floor versus phone bidding frenzy.

Brian Lebel, auction owner, is pleased with the sale and enthusiastic about the market. His weekend vendor sale that accompanies the auction – Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show – was equally as successful, with record-breaking attendance and millions of dollars in sales. According to Lebel, “despite plummeting stocks, global conflict, record breaking snow, and an election year, it is clear from our crowds and results that the western art and antiques market remains robust and shows no signs of slowing.” Lebel is also happy with the growing global interest in the industry. “We had vendors and shoppers from around the world,” says Lebel. “I personally spoke to folks from Germany, Belgium, France and Tokyo.”

Next year’s Mesa High Noon Show & Auction will be held January 21-22, 2017 at the Mesa Convention Center and Phoenix Marriott Mesa, respectively. Lebel’s next event is the 27th annual “Old West Show & Auction” which will be held June 11-12, 2016 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information on any of these events, visit www.oldwestevents.com or call 480-779-9378.

(all reported prices include buyers premium)


Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction Chosen to Guide the Sale of the Legendary Dixie W. Thompson Silver Saddle

Historic silver saddle that belonged to Santa Barbara icon, Dixie W. Thompson, will be offered for sale for the first time ever at Lebel’s June Old West Auction in Fort Worth, Texas.

FORT WORTH, TX – May 1, 2015: Old West Events announced that it has been selected by the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco, California, to bring to auction the Dixie W. Thompson Silver Saddle Outfit, which the museum has proudly held for nearly a century. Proceeds will benefit the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco’s acquisition funds. The circa 1889 custom saddle was the work of S. Loomis Saddlery Company for the Santa Barbara rancher, capitalist and former sea captain, Dixie W. Thompson. The silver work, fashioned using bullion from Mexican silver dollars, took over two years to complete and is attributed to the Tiffany-trained master, Edwin Field. The complete outfit, with equally detailed custom silver reins, bridle, bit, and cinch has a presale estimate of $60,000-80,000, and has never been offered for sale before now. Lebel’s 26th annual Old West Auction will be held live beginning at 5:00 pm, June 6, 2015 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The auction is free and open to the public. 

“This is an incredible opportunity to own a true masterwork,” says auction founder, Brian Lebel. “The Dixie Thompson saddle outfit represents some of the very finest work by some of the best artisans of any era. Together they created one of the most magnificent saddles ever produced in America.” Dixie’s saddle was exhibited at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and made frequent parade appearances with Mr. Thompson aboard. The saddle was written about in numerous newspapers, and had a reputation in its day as, “an exquisite work of art” and “the most expensive saddle in the world.”

The auction features approximately 400 total lots, and other notable saddle makers are well-represented, including Edward H. Bohlin and S.C Foy. Additional auction highlights include Annie Oakley’s rifle and “the gun that shot Morgan Earp.” A preview will be held Friday and Saturday. 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. In addition to the auction, the weekend event features the 26th annual Old West Show, hosting 200+ vendors in authentic western art, antiques and other fine merchandise. General admission to the Show is $10/day with kids under 12 free and discount tickets available online. Visit www.oldwestevents.com or call 480-779-9378 for more details.

The "Gun that Shot Morgan Earp" at Auction for the first time this June.

“The Gun That Killed Morgan Earp” Coming Up at Auction for the First Time at Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction, June 6th in Fort Worth, Texas

The Colt Single Action taken from the body of outlaw, Frank Stilwell after Wyatt Earp killed him, believed to be the gun with which Stilwell murdered Morgan Earp, will cross the block this June at Lebel’s 26th annual Old West Auction.

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Fort Worth, TX – An authentic piece of Old West history will be available for the first time for public sale when Frank Stilwell’s Colt Single Action crosses the block at Brian Lebel’s 26th Annual Old West Auction, June 6th at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Believed to be the gun that Stilwell used to kill Wyatt Earp’s brother, Morgan Earp, the circa 1873 revolver is accompanied by letters and documents chronicling its history, and is estimated to sell for between $175,000-225,000. The auction features approximately 400 total lots, and other notable Old West pieces include Annie Oakley’s rifle and Wyatt Earp’s walking stick. The live sale will begin at 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 6th in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. A preview will be held Friday and Saturday. The auction and preview are free and open to the public. Internet, phone and absentee bidding options are also available; registration is free.

Frank Stilwell was an Old West sometimes-lawman/sometimes-outlaw, who had a knack for getting arrested but evading conviction. He figured prominently in the events leading up to and surrounding the Gunfight at the OK Corral, and less than six months later was the prime suspect in the murder of Morgan Earp. On March 20, 1882, two nights after Morgan’s murder, believing that Stilwell would evade justice yet again, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Warren Earp and two other men ambushed Stilwell on the tracks at the Tucson Rail Yard, and filled him full of holes. The gun was on Stilwell’s person at the time, but newspaper accounts state that he never had a chance to fire it.

“It’s always an honor to be able to offer an historic piece from the Old West that hasn’t been publicly available before,” says auction founder Brian Lebel. “Especially when that artifact has ties to the absolute legends of the time. It’s exciting, I think, when you can hold history in your hand.”

The auction is held in conjunction with Brian Lebel’s Old West Show, a weekend vendor sale featuring over 200 dealers in authentic western art, antiques, collectibles and other fine merchandise. Both the Show and the Auction will be held in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, Texas. More details, including schedules, discount show coupons, auction catalog orders, online bidding, etc., can be found at www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

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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APRIL 10, 2015

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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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.  

Tom Horn Winchester Leads $1.8 million Sale!

February 1, 2015                    

 Tom Horn’s Winchester is Top Seller at Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction in Mesa, AZ

The last Winchester owned by old west outlaw, Tom Horn, sold for $149,500 at the 25th annual High Noon Auction, which realized over $1.8 million in total sales.

MESA, AZ – Over 400 auction lots crossed the block on the evening of January 24, 2015 at Brian Lebel’s High Noon Auction, which saw total sales exceeding $1.8 million, with an impressive 95% sell-through rate. Almost 400 people were in attendance at the live event, with another few hundred bidding on the phones, absentee or via the Internet. Celebrating its 25th annual sale, it was the first High Noon Auction hosted by Brian Lebel since he purchased the event last Spring. According to Lebel, “we couldn’t have hoped for better results. We’re proud to carry on this tradition.”

The top seller of the night was lot 308, Tom Horn’s Winchester, which sold for $149,500 to a very excited phone bidder. Bidding was fast and furious, with interest coming from the phones, the Internet and the floor bidders. The lot sold firmly within its presale estimate of $125,000 - $175,000.

The second highest priced lot was the catalog cover lot, a Charles Russell letter to his friend the actor Harry Carey, which was one of numerous items from the Carey Family estate. The letter, which featured a Russell drawing and referred comically to buried booze on Carey’s ranch during Prohibition, sold for $126,500, which was slightly above its presale estimate of $90,000 - $115,000. It also sold to a phone bidder after a spirited bidding war between the phones and the floor.

Native American antiquities sold particularly well, with a stunning Cheyenne beaded cradleboard bringing $34,500, a very old Pueblo shield selling for $33,350 and a fine Plains beaded men’s war shirt realizing $32,200.

Fine art brought respectable prices as always, for both contemporary and deceased artists. Raphael Lillywhite’s (1891-1958) “Taos Scene” sold for $19,550; a rare Thomas Kinkade (1958-2012) original of a teepee scene entitled “Campfire at Dusk” brought $15,930 (just under its high estimate of $16,000); and a pair of John Moyers (b. 1958) oils brought $23,000 and $28,750. The surprise artwork sale of the night was the original mixed media painting by Richard Amsel for the movie poster for John Wayne’s final film, “The Shootist.” It sold for $18,400, which was more than twice its low estimate of $8,000. 

Perhaps the most excited bidder of the evening was the gentleman who won the bid for Harry Carey, Jr’s motorcycle vest from the 1985 movie, “The Mask.” Upon winning the bid for $1,046, he leapt to his feet with a cheer. He then wore his purchase for the rest of the evening, and then again all the next day at the affiliated event, Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show. Featuring over 165 vendors, the show hosted record numbers of attendees, and was widely said to be, “the best show we’ve attended in years.”

For more information about Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show & Auction, or the upcoming Old West Show & Auction to be held June 6-7, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas, please visit www.oldwestevents.com or call 480-779-9378.

Important Charlie Russell Illustrated Letter to Harry Carey leads Sale at January Auction

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Important Charlie Russell Illustrated Letter to Harry Carey leads Sale at January Auction 

The famous letter from artist C.M. Russell to his friend, Hollywood star "Harry" Carey, will cross the block at Brian Lebel's High Noon Auction in Mesa, Arizona.

MESA, AZ – Over 350 historic and important items will be offered at the 25th annual High Noon Auction, held live in Mesa, Arizona at 5:00 pm, January 24, 2015. The Russell letter is dated February 25, 1921 and references "buried treasure" (booze) on Carey's Ranch, accompanied by an illustration of drunken cowboys. From the estate of the Carey Family Trust, the letter is featured in several books and has never before been offered for public sale. It is estimated between $90,000 - 115,000. The auction is held in conjunction with Brian Lebel's High Noon Show, a weekend dealer sale featuring 150 vendors in authentic Western art, antiques and Americana.

C.M. Russell illustrated letter to Harry Carey

C.M. Russell illustrated letter to Harry Carey

In addition to the Russell letter, the auction also boasts the first-time offering of Tom Horn's last Winchester, a model 1894 .30-30 that he was carrying the night he was arrested for the murder of Willie Nickell, a crime he may or may not have committed. Horn gifted the rifle to his friend C.B. Irwin just days before Horn's execution, and it has remained in the Irwin family since that time. Estimated at $125,000 – 175,000, it is one of several items from the Irwin estate.

Fine art auction offerings include a rare pair of Indian-themed original oil paintings by the late Thomas Kinkade, works by deceased Cowboy Artists of America members James Reynolds and J.W. Hampton, a fine Will James drawing, bronzes by the likes of Herb Mignery and Joe Beeler, and works by contemporary artists such as John Moyers and Eric Michaels. Other artists of note that will be represented in the sale include Ila McAfee, Ross Steffan, Edward Curtis, Olaf Weighorst, Raphael Lillywhite, Richard Bernhard Friese and others.

Native American artifacts will also be well represented at the sale, including a fully beaded Cheyenne cradleboard, a historic dewclaw necklace worn in photos by the Indian Half Moon, several room-size Navajo textiles, a pair of stunning men's war shirts, and totems by the late master carver Don Lelooska.

For the Hollywood collector, there is the original artwork by Richard Amsel for the movie poster for John Wayne's last film, "The Shootist," as well as items relating to "Gun Smoke," "The Searchers," and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon." The rope Steve McQueen used when he played Tom Horn in the famous movie of the same name, as well as the double barrel shotgun he used in "The Magnificent Seven" will both be offered. Items from the Harry Carey estate, the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum Collection, and numerous Edward H. Bohlin items round out the Hollywood collectibles.

N. Porter Silver and Gold Parade Saddle

N. Porter Silver and Gold Parade Saddle

As always, the auction will include fine cowboy trappings such as saddles, spurs, bits and bridles from noted makers like Porter, C.P. Shipley and G.S. Garcia. Numerous silver saddles will be offered, as well as fine examples of horsehair bridles and vintage gun leather.

Brian Lebel, who purchased the High Noon event this past spring, is excited about the overall quality and diversity of the items in this year's January sale. "It's not every day that I have to decide between a famous Charlie Russell letter and a famous outlaw Winchester for my favorite auction piece," he says. "Both have impeccable provenance, and both are amazing examples of American Western history in their own ways." Lebel is also known for his summer event, Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction, which he is relocating this June to Fort Worth, Texas.

Brian Lebel's High Noon Auction will offer live, phone, Internet and absentee bidding options. An auction preview is held on Friday and Saturday, and a full-color catalog is available for purchase. The auction will be held at 5pm on January 24, 2015 at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa in Mesa, Arizona, and both the auction and preview are free and open to the public. The High Noon Show will be held the same weekend, January 24-25, 2015 at the adjacent Mesa Convention Center, and admission is $10 per day. Early buy-in during dealer set-up on Friday is available. More details, discount show coupons, auction highlights and more can be found at www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

25th Annual Western Americana Shopping Event Returns to Mesa, Arizona in January

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25th Annual Western Americana Shopping Event Returns to Mesa, Arizona in January as Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show & Auction 

Brian Lebel’s Old West Events presents the annual High Noon western antique dealer show and auction this January 24-25, 2015 at the Mesa Convention Center and adjacent Phoenix Marriot Mesa.

High Noon Show Dealer Booth

MESA, AZ– 150 show dealers and over 350 auction items will be showcased at this year’s annual western Americana event, formerly known as the High Noon Show & Auction and now called Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show & Auction. Celebrating its 25th year, the event will continue in the same format as always, and will offer the highest quality, authentic western art and antiques for sale by show vendors and at auction. The show is open to the public on Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm, and again on Sunday from 9am to 3pm. General admission is $10 per day, or discount tickets are available at www.oldwestevents.com. Passes for VIP entry during dealer set-up on Friday are also available for purchase. The live auction will be held at 5pm on Saturday, January 24th. The auction is free and open to the public; auction catalogs are available for purchase by phone or online.

Items available for purchase from the many show dealers include cowboy, Indian and western art, antiques, apparel, jewelry, home design, historic firearms, Native American arts and crafts, saddles, spurs, boots, hats and other fine merchandise. The auction will feature western art and antiquities, including a famous illustrated letter by the artist Charlie Russell that he wrote to his good friend, actor Harry Carey. The letter is one among many pieces from the Harry Carey estate. Also being offered at auction is the last Winchester owned by Old West frontiersman Tom Horn, along with numerous items from the C.B. Irwin estate. Also for sale is the most extensive single collection of antique saloon poker chips known to exist, a number of items from the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum Collection, and spurs from the collection of Casa Grande, Arizona collector Dick Powell.

Brian Lebel, who purchased the High Noon Show & Auction this past Spring, is proud of the quality and diversity of the items being offered for sale this January. He says of the Mesa festivities, “as always, the High Noon Show & Auction promises to be an exciting kick-off to the New Year for all of us in the western collecting business.” He adds, “Every year, it just keeps getting better and better.” Lebel is best known for his summer event, the Old West Show & Auction, which will be held in early June in Fort Worth, Texas.

Lebel’s High Noon Show will be held at the Mesa Convention Center and the Auction is held next door at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa. For more information about any of the events, or to purchase discount show tickets or auction catalogs, please call 480-779-9378, or visit the website at www.oldwestevents.com.

Custer 7th Cavalry Revolver was Top Seller at Old West Auction

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Custer 7th Cavalry Revolver was Top Seller at Old West Auction

Custer 7th Cavalry Colt Single Action - SOLD $53,100

Custer 7th Cavalry Colt Single Action - SOLD $53,100

DENVER – Brian Lebel's Old West Auction celebrated its 25th annual sale on Saturday, June 28th, with total realized prices topping a million dollars and an impressive 93% sell-through rate. The top lot of the night was a Colt Single Action Revolver dating from Custer's 7th Cavalry, which sold for $53,100 to a floor bidder in the room. The next best-selling lot was a stunning Nez Perce horse mask that sold on the phone for $47,200. Over 400 people attended the live auction, with hundreds of registered Internet bidders and dozens more bidding on the phone and absentee. The Auction was held in conjunction with the Old West Show, which featured 200 dealers, with over 3,000 people in attendance. 

One of the auction highlights was the highly anticipated Billy the Kid CDV, which sold on the Internet for $18,150, more than twice its low estimate. Items from the estate of infamous Texas businessman Rex Cauble created a bidding frenzy, with his Cutter Bill Championship diamond and sterling belt buckle selling to a determined phone bidder for $14,160. 

Saddles were perhaps the bargain purchases of the evening, with a Bohlin Dick Dickson model realizing $23,010, which was less than its low estimate; and a Bohlin Dick Dickson Jr. model bringing $35,400, which was right at the low estimate. 

Raphael Lillywhite "North Park" - SOLD $21,240

Raphael Lillywhite "North Park" - SOLD $21,240

Fine art brought respectable prices, with a large WHD Koerner painting selling on the floor for $11,800. Both a Raphael Lillywhite and a Will James brought $21,240 each, selling on the floor and the phone respectively. 

Overall, the sale was strong, with most items selling either firmly within or above estimate. Auction owner Brian Lebel feels that the market for Western art and artifacts remains strong and continues to attract new collectors. Lebel states, "We had more new bidders register for the sale this year than we have had in many, many years." He went on to add, "Some of it is because of the Internet, of course, but no amount of exposure would matter if the material wasn't desirable and authentic." Regarding the Old West Show, Lebel said, "We had the best early buy-in and Friday attendance numbers since relocating from Cody to Denver." 

For 2015, Lebel will be moving his Old West Show & Auction from Denver to Fort Worth, with dates scheduled for June 6-7 at the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall of the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Lebel also recently purchased the High Noon Show & Auction, which will be held in Mesa, Arizona this coming January, 24-25, 2015. Details can be found at oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.

Rare Billy the Kid 1880s CDV for Sale at Old West Auction

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1880s CDV of Billy the Kid for Sale at Old West Auction

An original, incredibly rare, cartes-de-visites of the famous image of Billy the Kid for sale by the same auction house that sold The Kid's tintype in 2011 for $2.3 million .

DENVER – Brian Lebel's Old West Auction will offer an original CDV of Billy the Kid, dating from the 1880s, at its 25th annual auction, June 28, 2014 at the Denver Mart. Though photographic historians have long suspected the existence of Billy the Kid CDVs, this is the first to come to public attention and sale. The image is the iconic picture of The Kid taken from an original tintype, one of which Lebel's auction sold for a record-breaking $2.3 million in June 2011. The presale estimate for the CDV is $8,000 - $10,000.

Billy the Kid Original CDV

Billy the Kid Original CDV

CDVs, or cartes-de-visites, were popular at the time The Kid's tintype was produced. They are small paper photographs mounted on cards that were inexpensive to make and mass produce. Photographers often took photographs of existing photos to create a CDV image, which is how the Billy the Kid CDV would have been produced. That is, it is an authentic, period reproduction of the original Kid tintype. The CDV was passed down through a New Mexico family, and shows the wear-and-tear of its 130+ years.

Though CDVs of Billy the Kid were likely mass produced, they weren't valuable in their time, which may explain why none have surfaced to date. Bob McCubbin, western photography historian and collector, said in an essay for Lebel's auction catalog, "a photo of Billy the Kid, purchased for a few cents, was not thought of as something worth saving." According to McCubbin, "to my knowledge, like the original tintype, this is the only known copy." Brian Lebel states, "I like to imagine kids in the 1880s sticking them in the spokes of their wagon wheels like I did with my baseball cards and bicycle."

The June 28th Old West Auction includes over 350 total lots of western artifacts, art and collectibles. The live sale is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and is held in the Expo Building of the Denver Mart, Denver, Colo. Bidding can be done in-person, by phone, online or absentee, and auction catalogs are available for purchase. Details at www.denveroldwest.com or 480-779-9378.

Helene Sage to Launch New Book about Eddy Hulbert at the Denver Old West Show

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Helene Sage to Launch New Book about Eddy Hulbert at the Denver Old West Show  

Cover of New Eddy Hulbert Book by Helene Sage

Cover of New Eddy Hulbert Book by Helene Sage

DENVER – Brian Lebel's Old West Show is proud to announce that noted collector and author, E. Helene Sage will be releasing her new book, "Eddy Hulbert, Silversmith: Artistry in Dryhead Country, Montana" at the 25th annual show, June 27-29th at the Denver Mart. Helene will be at the Show to discuss her latest work, sign copies and visit with show guests. 144 pages, with 226 photographs, the book is an exploration of Hulbert's silverwork in spurs, bits & bridles, belts & buckles, and jewelry. More information about the book can be found at the publisher's website.

A noted scientist, researcher, horseman and collector, Dr. E. Helene Sage is the author of over 350 published scientific articles, Western-related commentaries, catalogs, and books that include "Bridle Rosettes: Two Centuries of Equine Adornment" and "Native American Horse Gear." The Old West Show is honored to showcase her and her newest work. 

Visit www.denveroldwest.com for more details and to download discount show coupons. General admission is $5 and children under 12 are free. Sunday is First Responder's Day at the Show; all military, police, fire and medics are free with ID. Free parking. The Denver Mart is located at 451 E 58th Ave, Denver, CO.

Rex Cauble Estate, Including Mixer Portraits of Cutter Bill, at Auction

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Rex Cauble's Estate Collection, Including a William S. Hart Saddle and Orren Mixer Portraits of "Cutter Bill" for Sale at June Auction

Items from the estate of Rex Cauble, infamous Texas businessman and cutting horse icon, to be sold, unreserved, at Brian Lebel's Old West Auction June 28th.

DENVER – A Furstnow saddle once belonging to cowboy film star, William S. Hart, as well as Orren Mixer portraits of Cutter Bill (arguably the most famous cutting horse of all time) headline the sale of the Rex Cauble collection by Brian Lebel's Old West Auction, June 28, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The saddle, which features sterling silver decorations with heart designs, is estimated to sell for between $15,000 to $25,000. Several Orren Mixer oil paintings of Cutter Bill and cutting horse, Hard Twist, are estimated between $12,000 and $25,000. Other items from the Cauble estate include Texas Ranger items, a 1962 World Champion trophy saddle and sterling 1962 trophy buckle, spurs, furniture, clothing, and dozens of awards, photos, correspondence and other memorabilia. The Cauble items are being offered without reserve.

Cutter Bill Portrait by Orren Mixer

Cutter Bill Portrait by Orren Mixer

A world champion horseman, chairman of the Texas Aeronautical Commission, honorary Texas Ranger and founder of the Cutter Bill clothing stores, Rex Cauble was once among the wealthiest and most respected businessmen in Texas. But in 1982, Cauble was indicted on multiple counts of drug trafficking, racketeering and fraud for his alleged involvement in the then-largest marijuana smuggling ring in Texas history, known as the "Cowboy Mafia," which operated through Cauble's ranches. He was convicted and served time in federal prison, but staunchly maintained his innocence throughout his life.

Many of the items to be auctioned are related to Cutter Bill, Cauble's famous palomino cutting horse and stallion, and the namesake of the famous Cutter Bill Western Wear stores (the "Neiman Marcus of the cowboy crowd"). Cutter Bill won both the AQHA and NCHA Championships; became an influential sire, and was elected into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2003. Items relating to other star Cauble horses such as Wimpy P-1 and Hard Twist will also be offered.

Cauble's estate has seen the auction block before, but with many items failing to sell. Auction owner, Brian Lebel wants potential bidders to know that will not be the case this time. "There are no reserves on the Cauble material," says Lebel. "This may not be the first Rex Cauble estate auction, but it will be the last."

The June 28th auction includes over 350 total lots of western artifacts, art and collectibles. The live sale is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and is held in the Expo Building of the Denver Mart, Denver, Colo. Bidding can be done in-person, by phone, online or absentee, and auction catalogs are available for purchase. Details at www.denveroldwest.com or 480-779-9378.

Actor and Singer Johnny Crawford Appearing at the Denver Old West Show

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Actor and Singer Johnny Crawford Appearing at the Denver Old West Show 

Johnny Crawford, the "Rifleman's" son on the hit TV series and singer of such hits as "Donna," and "Cindy's Birthday" will appear as a celebrity guest at the 25th annual Old West Show 

DENVER – Brian Lebel's Old West Show is pleased to announce that Johnny Crawford will be joining us at the Denver Old West Show as our celebrity guest, this June 27-29th at the Denver Mart. Visit with Johnny all weekend as he signs autographs and chats with friends and fans. 

Johnny Crawford

Johnny Crawford

John "Johnny" Crawford is an actor, singer, musician and band leader, who first rose to fame for playing Mark McCain, the son of Lucas McCain (played by Chuck Connors), in the popular ABC western series, The Rifleman, which originally aired from 1958 to 1963. He had a number of hit songs in the late 1950s and early '60s, including 5 Billboard Top 40 Hits. 

Brian Lebel, who doesn't usually book celebrity appearances for his shows, says, "I thought "Donna" was the most romantic song when I was young. I only liked girls named Donna." Lebel hopes Crawford's appearance will bring people to the Show that might otherwise not have known about it. "Once people see what we're up to," Lebel says, "they come back every year."

Visit www.denveroldwest.com or facebook.com/denveroldwest for more details and to download discount show coupons. General admission is $5 and children under 12 are free. Sunday is First Responder's Day at the Show; all military, police, fire and medics are free with ID. Free parking all weekend. The Denver Mart is located at 451 E 58th Ave, Denver, CO.

Western Singers Bill Barwick and Almeda Bradshaw Performing Live at the Denver Old West Show

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Western Singers Bill Barwick and Almeda Bradshaw Performing Live at the Denver Old West Show

Bill Barwick

Bill Barwick

DENVER – Award-winning singer, songwriter and storyteller, Bill Barwick will perform 4 sets on Saturday, June 28th at Brian Lebel's 25th annual Old West Show, held at the Denver Mart in Denver, Colo. A crowd favorite, this will be Bill's third consecutive year performing at the show. 

For her first time at the Old West Show, Almeda Bradshaw will perform 4 sets on Sunday, June 29th. A western poet and singer, Almeda sings in a classic cowboy style that has earned her numerous awards and accolades. 

All performances are free with purchase of a general admission show ticket.

Almeda Bradshaw

Almeda Bradshaw

Visit www.denveroldwest.com for more details and to download discount show coupons. General admission is $5 and children under 12 are free. Sunday is First Responder's Day at the Show; all military, police, fire and medics are free with ID. Free parking. The Denver Mart is located at 451 E 58th Ave, Denver, CO.

The 2014 Denver Old West Show General Admission and Musical Performance Schedule
Fri, June 27:    2pm-6pm
Sat, June 28:    9am-4pm (Bill Barwick performs at noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm)
Sun, June 29:   9am-3pm (Almeda Bradshaw performs at 11am, noon, 1pm and 2pm)

Personal Items of Wild West Performer, S.F. Cody, to Cross the Block at Lebel's June Auction

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Personal Items of Wild West Performer, S.F. Cody, to Cross the Block at Lebel's June Auction

Personal and performance- used items once belonging to Wild West performer and aeronautical pioneer, S.F. Cody, will be sold at the Denver Old West Auction, June 28

DENVER – S.F. Cody is among the famous names at Brian Lebel's 25th annual Old West Auction, June 28, 2014, at the Denver Mart in Denver, Colo. Cody's Winchester rifle, target balls and molds, belt and holster, and trick-shooting "surround" are among the items up for auction that once belonged to the famous Wild West entertainer. The pieces were part of the "S.F. Cody Archive" sold by Sotheby's London in 1996.   

S.F. Cody Lithograph Poster - "King of the Cowboys"

S.F. Cody Lithograph Poster - "King of the Cowboys"

Samuel Franklin Cody (born Cowdrey) was a Wild West showman who was often confused for William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, whom he intentionally resembled. A colorful and successful entertainer, he was a master trick shooter who toured the world to much fame and notoriety, and in 1898, produced the successful stage play, "The Klondike Nugget." His success financed his aeronautical ambitions, and he became a master kite maker and early pioneer of manned flight. He invented, among other things, the British "war kite."

The S.F. Cody items come from, and are being sold to benefit, the collection of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. They will be auctioned as part of Brian Lebel's annual sale, which will offer over 350 total lots of western art and artifacts. Lebel is particularly fond of Cody's ominous looking iron "surround," which held his brave assistant, Lela, while Cody shot at target balls mounted around her. "It's a fascinating piece," says Lebel. "It looks like a torture device, yet it's fun and a little sexy." He adds, "I've never seen anything quite like it."

The auction is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on June 28, 2014, and will be held in the Expo Building of the Denver Mart in Denver, Colorado. The highlight of the sale is expected to be a Colt Single Action Revolver once owned by legendary lawman, Bat Masterson. Bidding can be done in-person, online, by phone or absentee, and catalogs are available for purchase. For more information, visit www.denveroldwest.com or call 480-779-9378.

Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction to Acquire the High Noon Show & Auction

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March 20, 2014 – Los Angeles-based High Noon Western Americana, and Brian Lebel's Old West Show & Auction, proudly announce their new business endeavor. Brian and Melissa Lebel will acquire the annual High Noon Show & Auction, held every January in Mesa, AZ, while continuing to operate their annual June event, currently held in Denver, CO.

Linda Kohn Sherwood and Joseph Sherwood, as High Noon Western Americana, though spinning off their event business, will continue their active roll with acquisitions, private sales & appraisals. With the addition of the Mesa event to its lineup, Lebel's Old West solidifies its position as the leader in the western arts and collectibles market. The Sherwoods and Lebels remain personally committed to the future of the American western antiquities business.

Both parties agree that the spirit of cooperation and teamwork that has always existed between the two entities will continue well into the future. “We feel that this is the best way to ensure that both events continue to be the finest, strongest, most reputable events in our business,” says Old West founder, Brian Lebel. “It’s a natural evolution.”

Linda Kohn Sherwood agrees. “Both of our companies are known for their excellent reputations and high standards. We are thrilled to be able to continue to deliver honesty, integrity, quality and continuity to all of our clients, in every capacity.” 

Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction celebrates its 25th annual event this June 27-29, 2014 at the Denver Mart in Denver, CO. The High Noon Show & Auction celebrates its 25th year this coming January 24-25, 2015 in Mesa, AZ. For more information on High Noon Western Americana or Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction, please visit www.highnoon.com and www.oldwestevents.com.

Billy the Kid Tintype Brings $2.3 Million

Billy the Kid Tintype

Billy the Kid Tintype

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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 www.denveroldwest.com. Additional details from the auction appear below.

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MORE AUCTION LOT DETAILS:

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.)