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Santa Fe, NM
Historic Santa Fe Hilton, August 15-18

Marvin Toddy, Praying to the Morning Sun, oil, 35 x 29. 
Estimate: $6,000-$9,000.

Marvin Toddy, Praying to the Morning Sun, oil, 35 x 29. 
Estimate: $6,000-$9,000.

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This month, Manitou Auctions presents its 10th annual Auction in Santa Fe at the Historic Santa Fe Hilton. The more than 600 lots comprise a wide array of paintings, prints, and sculptures from the 19th century through the present, featuring such sought-after artists as Frederic Remington, C.M. Russell, Fremont Ellis, and Nicolai Fechin. The auction also offers significant Native American artwork and Old West collectibles.

The four-day event launches with a preview on Friday, August 15, from noon to 5 p.m. Another preview runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 16. Two bidding sessions, the first on Sunday, August 17, and the second on Monday, August 18, both begin at 1 p.m. Additional previews are scheduled for Sunday and Monday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., respectively. Phone, Internet, and absentee bidding are available for those who cannot participate in person.

Several noteworthy collections come to the auction block this year, including a premier assortment recently deaccessioned from Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. A large oil of the Kansas landscape by Birger Sandzén anchors this group of more than 40 items, with additional pieces by Lester Raymer, Oscar Jacobson, Charles Rogers, Margaret Sandzén Greenough, and others. The Bethany College collection is expected to fetch $150,000 to $175,000.

Also for sale are more than 100 pieces by nationally renowned artists from well-known Colorado collector Ken Holm. Numerous items from the collection of artist Gregory Perillo appear as well, including paintings by Carl Oscar Borg and Hermann Herzog. Additionally, Las Vegas’ Indian River Gallery, which closed in 2013, has committed items from its inventory of weavings, pottery, and contemporary American artwork.

The auction offers fine art by dozens more artists, among them William Acheff, William Lumpkins, Louisa McElwain, Robert Morgan, Gordon Snidow, and Tim Solliday. Bronzes by Bob Scriver and Daniel Parker, along with a key piece by Bob Parks valued at $10,000 to $20,000, are up for bid. Old West collectibles include prison-made spurs and saddlery.

Lakota beaded dress, circa 1910. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000.

Lakota beaded dress, circa 1910. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000.

The 2014 auction includes the largest offering of Native American collectibles in recent years and features beadwork, weaponry, and a large variety of baskets from the Apache, Cochiti, Hopi, and Zuni cultures. Some 80 Navajo weavings are available as well, most notably a 1920s-era Yei textile worth $8,000 to $10,000. Another standout lot, valued at $15,000 to $20,000, contains a war shirt, pipe bag, and moccasins made by Victoria Standing Bear Conroy.

Charla and Bob Nelson of Manitou Galleries operate the Auction in Santa Fe. With decades of experience, the Nelsons are adept at reading trends and connecting buyers with desirable artwork. “The current market is a fickle one,” explains Charla. “However, quality items still bring top prices, and in the same tradition that Manitou Galleries established nearly 40 years ago, we’re proud to present a sale which offers something for everyone, from the new buyer to the seasoned collector.”

The auction lots are available to view online at and at, where viewers can also order full-color printed catalogues. —Elizabeth L. Delaney

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