The $ 1.1 million auction was held on June 26th by Brian Lebels Old West Events in Santa Fe, New Mexico and online through the Old West Events website.
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SANTA FE, NM, UNITED STATES, July 23, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — ON Henry repeating rifle made in 1863 and a J. Tapia target pattern spade bit shared top lot awards at 31. Cody Old West auction Held June 26th by Brian Lebels Old West Events at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza in Santa Fe and online through the Old West Events website, www.OldWestEvents.com. Both lots were priced at $ 23,600.
As with previous events, the auction was part of a three-day Old West Show held June 25-27, also hosted by Old West Events at the nearby Santa Fe Community Convention Center. The auction was packed with 384 lots, all but two of which changed hands, with a sale of 99.5 percent, a record for Brian Lebel’s Old West Events. The total gross was just over $ 1 million.
The main categories included cowboy antiques and collectibles (saddles, spurs, bits, etc.); Native American artifacts; antique and historical firearms; Hollywood cowboy memorabilia; Western Fine Arts; Old West game and saloon items; antique and contemporary belt buckles and other silverwork; antique advertising and lithography; and western decorative arts and furniture.
The Henry bolt-action rifle, serial number 1729, was a .44-caliber rimfire weapon with a 24-inch barrel. It had a brass frame and blue finish, walnut stock, original sights, matching numbers and an additional visor dovetail in the frame. It was characterized by a very good run, an even “gun metal” gray-blue run and great patina on all brass surfaces. It was mechanically excellent, with excellent grades.
The elaborate J. Tapia Multi-Spotted large silver inlaid California target pattern spade tip was made in the 1890s with multiple rows of dots forming a central target pattern on each cheek. A pair of J. Tapia silver-inlaid California spurs mounted on the heel straps with three-inch coin silver patches with Tapia’s trademark raised nipples were also hammered for $ 10,925.
“Hollywood cowboys were a huge hit on auction night when a large collection of personal and screen-worn celebrity hats sold well above estimate,” said Brian Lebel, owner of Old West Events. “A hat from rodeo champion and cowboy actor Ben Johnson sold for $ 8,850, more than 14 times its high estimate, while Clint Eastwood’s hat from the movie Joe Kidd fetched $ 8,625.”
Lebel said final prices were mostly within or higher than estimates, with strong bids across all categories. “The internet, phones, and live bidders have all been busy, with live bidders making up the majority of buyers. Sales were quick and strong sales kept the excitement high all along. Nobody really knew what to expect. We knew we had great items, but no one could predict such enthusiastic sales, both in terms of live attendees and total sales prices. “
The auction was in conjunction with the Cody Old West Show, also hosted by Brian Lebels Old West Events. Due to COVID restrictions, only 65 vendors were allowed to line up, but all of them reported extremely strong sales and a very good weekend. The number of visitors exceeded 1,500 during the weekend show. More than one dealer said, “It was the best show I’ve had in decades.”
Below are further highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include buyer’s buyer’s premium.
The roll-top desk and chair that Pat Garrett used as a sheriff in Dona Ana, New Mexico from 1896-1900, both made in the 1880s, with the original purchase agreement from 1884 and a photo of Garrett hammered for 16,100 US -Dollar. Also, JB Farr’s 14kt gold sheriff’s badge, an important piece of Colorado history and a great example of a presentation badge – very detailed, elegant, and ornate – was $ 22,420 versus an estimate of $ 8,000 to $ 12,000.
A Winchester Model 1886 saddle ring carbine from 1893, caliber 40-65 with a 22-inch barrel, blue and body color, walnut stock and forearm, and original sights, all excellent, hit for $ 21,240. Also an 1895 Colt Single Action Army Six-Shooter, 44-40 caliber, 4-inch barrel that once belonged to O. Frank Hicks, a corporal in the Arizona Rangers tasked with capturing the Arizona Territory of Freeing his criminals element, called $ 17,250.
A manufacturer-marked, expertly restored Edward H. Bohlin double Buscadero gun with a pair of Colt .45 single actions from the 1880s with silver Bohlin rifle grips and 5½-inch barrels with a possible Hollywood cowboy connection reached $ 18,880. Also, a horse-hair bridle from the Florence State Penitentiary, brightly colored, with three-row round cheeks and double headbands, and with unusual teeth depicting a bare-chested woman dancing over a snake, raised $ 12,650.
A hand-carved wooden bull’s head with real horns and the history of the Wild West hung in “Shotgun” Ben Thompson’s Bulls Head Saloon in Abilene, Kansas, 30 “tall and with a 40” horn spread, went for $ 12,650. Also an oil on canvas original commercial for Climax Tobacco (“Highly Bred and Sweetly Tempered”) by an unidentified artist, 50 ¼ “x 31” (visor minus the gold gesso frame), a great exhibit in the salon, brought in $ 9,775.
The next big show and auction for Brian Lebel’s Old West Events will be January 21-23, 2022 in Mesa, Arizona. For more information, see the website at www.OldWestEvents.com.
Brian Lebel founded the Cody Old West Show & Auction 31 years ago in Cody, Wyoming as a small gathering of people who bought, sold, and traded antiques and artifacts from the American cowboy and American West. Brian believed that if they only knew what was available, more people would appreciate these great artifacts. So he started his own event and it’s been growing ever since.
Old West Events always accepts quality shipments for future auctions. To inquire about the consignment of a single item, an estate, or a collection, you can call them at 480-779-WEST (9378) or email them to [email protected] To learn more about Brian Lebel’s Old West events and the events scheduled for later this month, please visit www.OldWestEvents.com.
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