Show Preview | Brian Lebel’s High Noon

Mesa, AZ
Phoenix Marriott Mesa, January 24-25

Thomas Kinkade, Some Time Alone, mixed media, 20 x 24. Estimate: $12,000-$16,000.

Thomas Kinkade, Some Time Alone, mixed media, 20 x 24. Estimate: $12,000-$16,000.

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On January 24 and 25, Brian Lebel’s High Noon Show & Auction takes center stage at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa. For 25 years the event has provided collectors with quality western art, memorabilia, antiques, and Americana. The show, which is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, features 150 vendors selling “anything to do with the American West, the American Indian, or western expansion,” says show owner Brian Lebel.

Just after the High Noon Show closes on Saturday afternoon, the auction begins with over 350 western and historic lots. Highlights for this year’s auction include an illustrated letter from Charles M. Russell to actor Harry Carey dated February 25, 1921, which references “buried treasure” (booze) on Carey’s ranch. The letter has never before been offered in a public sale and is estimated to sell for $90,000 to $115,000. Also on the block is Tom Horn’s 1894 .30-30 Winchester rifle. Horn gave the rifle to friend C.B. Irwin before his own execution for a murder he may or may not have committed. The rifle has remained in the Irwin family until now and is expected to bring between $125,000 and $175,000.

Fine-art offerings include works by Cowboy Artists of America members James Reynolds, J.W. Hampton, Herb Mignery, and Joe Beeler; works by contemporary painters John Moyers and Eric Michaels; and a pair of original Thomas Kinkade oil paintings of Indian encampments—rare subject matter for the “Painter of Light” who was best known for bucolic, pastoral scenes. The show and auction are strongly complementary, notes Lebel. For example, there is a John Moyers painting in the auction, and John Moyers is an exhibitor at the show.

Although this is the first year that the High Noon event is part of the Brian Lebel brand, Lebel says he’s been working with the show since the beginning. “This has been a great show. We’re not planning on making any changes. The quality really is our biggest selling point. The quality of the art and show, the quality of the dealer. We’re very proud of the type of people we attract.” —Laura Rintala

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