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American Fine Art Magazine - - Event Report: New York, Ny -

NOVEM­BER 5-6, 2017

Arts of the Amer­i­can West

$1.3 mil­lion

Dur­ing its two-day Arts of the Amer­i­can West sale, Les­lie Hindman Auc­tion­eers brought to mar­ket a col­lec­tion of paint­ings and bronzes from a Mid­west­ern mu­seum.the of­fer­ings, which in­cluded pieces by note­wor­thy Western artists, drew com­pet­i­tive phone bid­ding and in­ter­est in the room.the high­est earner from the items—and the top lot of the sale—was The Roper by William Robin­son Leigh, which de­picted a cow­boy on

his buck­ing bronco with a lasso raised in his hand.

Es­ti­mated to achieve $100,000 to $150,000, the paint­ing more than dou­bled its low es­ti­mate when it sold for $281,000.The work, which was evoca­tive of the sub­ject and style the artist is most rec­og­nized for, went to a pri­vate col­lec­tor.

Other stand­outs from the mu­seum’s of­fer­ings in­cluded a Charles M. Rus­sell wa­ter­color from circa 1889 ti­tled Point­ing Out the Trail

(est. $100/150,000) and Frank Ten­ney John­son’s Rocky

Steeps (est. $40/60,000). The for­mer work, which de­picted a guide point­ing the way over a moun­tain cliff to a group of rid­ers, sold for $125,000.The John­son paint­ing, a noc­tur­nal scene, yielded $27,500. Char­lie Dye’s Brush Pop­ping (est. $20/30,000) was also of note, sell­ing for its low es­ti­mate. Ac­cord­ing to the auc­tion house,“in­ter­est in the col­lec­tion was driven by them be­ing of­fered from an in­sti­tu­tional col­lec­tion with ex­hi­bi­tion his­tory and the iconic de­pic­tions of scenes typ­i­cal of the artists rep­re­sented.”

William Robin­son Leigh (1866-1955), The Roper. Oil on board, 28 x 22 in. Cour­tesy Les­lie Hindman Auc­tion­eers. Es­ti­mate: $100/150,000 SOLD: $281,000

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