Auction Preview | Arts of the American West

Denver, CO
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, November 10

Wilson Hurley, The Moreno Valley From Comanche Gulch, oil, 28 x 42. Estimate: $15,000-$25,000.

Wilson Hurley, The Moreno Valley From Comanche Gulch, oil, 28 x 42.
Estimate: $15,000-$25,000.

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Western art aficionados should mark their calendars for the annual Arts of the American West auction on Thursday, November 10, in Denver. The sale kicks off at 10 a.m. in Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ saleroom at 960 Cherokee Street and is also conducted online. The auction presents more than 400 lots replete with paintings, drawings, and bronzes by early and contemporary western artists, including quintessential works by John Clymer and Wilson Hurley. Also on the auction block are Navajo textiles, Pueblo pottery, southwestern jewelry, beadwork, and basketry. The auction preview opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 5.

Although some previous sales have been heavier in pottery and textiles, this year’s sale offers a strong mix of works, says Maron Hindman, managing director of the auction house’s West and Southwest regional office in Denver. “We’ve enjoyed and seen growth in the western art category, but each sale has had its own personality,” says Hindman. “We’re excited about this sale because of the depth of the paintings.”

Highlights of the sale include two oils by Clymer that evoke the spirit of the Old West. The works, titled STALKING BUFFALO and THE WILD LAND, 1967, are valued at $80,000-$120,000 and $60,000-$80,000, respectively. Also up for sale is a lustrous, atmospheric painting of the Moreno Valley by Wilson Hurley, who painted the American West in the luminist style. The oil is expected to fetch between $15,000 and $25,000. The star-studded sale also features paintings by other acclaimed western artists, including Fritz Scholder, G. Harvey, William Sanderson, and Gerard Curtis Delano.

A more unusual item on the block is a civilian-style scout jacket with military staff buttons valued at $5,000-$7,000. The jacket is reputed to have been bequeathed to Brigadier General John Haskell King at Fort Laramie by legendary William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. Bidders can also expect a sizable collection of Pueblo pottery featuring miniature jars, seed pots, and ollas, as well as southwestern jewelry by Cheyenne Harris, Michael Kabotie, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, and others. —Kim Agricola

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This story was featured in the November 2016 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art  November 2016 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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