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After a white glove sale in Jan­uary, the Scotts­dale Art Auc­tion re­turns with an $11 mil­lion sale

American Fine Art Magazine - - Auction Report: Scottsdale, Az -

Scotts­dale Art Auc­tion pre­ceded its nor­mal April sale with a spe­cial auc­tion in Jan­uary that of­fered bid­ders mu­seum-qual­ity works from the Leanin’ tree col­lec­tion. Not only did every piece—nearly 600 of them in all—find a new home, many of them sold well above es­ti­mates. Less than four months later, on April 7, Scotts­dale Art Auc­tion was back and un­de­terred by the high bar set ear­lier in the year by its white glove sale. It didn’t achieve a 100 per­cent sell-through rate, but there was still much to cheer at the pop­u­lar Ari­zona West­ern art sale: nearly 95 per­cent of the works sold while achiev­ing more than $11 mil­lion in sales, and all to a crowded room where col­lec­tors, many re­turn­ing from the pre­vi­ous sale, were en­thu­si­as­ti­cally bid­ding.

“It was in­ter­est­ing hav­ing our reg­u­lar sale so close to the Leanin’ tree sale,” says Jack Morris, one of the auc­tion part­ners. “bring­ing ev­ery­one back three months later was a little risky.we knew we wouldn’t have the same au­di­ence or the same sized au­di­ence; how­ever, the au­di­ence we did get was very strong and ex­cit­ing things started to hap­pen.” Morris adds that the auc­tion sur­passed ex­pec­ta­tions, say­ing, “I’m very pleased, as are [part­ners] Michael [Frost] and Brad [Richard­son]. we just didn’t know where it was go­ing to

go, but we’re very sur­prised where it did go.”

Note­wor­thy lots in­clude Ger­ard Cur­tis De­lano’s high-en­ergy work The Vic­tors, fea­tur­ing riders gal­lop­ing right to­ward the viewer, which sold for $444,600, just miss­ing its high es­ti­mate of $450,000. A Thomas Moran land­scape, Soli­tude.the Co­conino For­est, ari­zona, sold for $438,750, just above its low es­ti­mate of $400,000. Other top works were William Her­bert “Buck” Dun­ton’s Go­ing In ,the Bear Hun­ters, which sold within es­ti­mates at $210,600;

Clark Hul­ings’ mar­ket scene Kalei­do­scope that flew just over its $200,000 high es­ti­mate when it fin­ished at $204,750; and two Charles M. Rus­sell works, the oil In­dian on Horse­back and the bronze A Bronc Twis­ter, both of which fell within es­ti­mates.the Rus­sell oil sold for $321,750 and the bronze sold for $234,000. The top lot was John Cly­mer’s Spot­ted Buf­falo, which re­ceived con­sis­tent bid­ding un­til it closed at $468,000, well above its $300,000 high es­ti­mate. An­other Cly­mer work, Re­turn from the Hunt, also sold well at $234,000, within its es­ti­mates of $200,000 to $300,000.The il­lus­tra­tor turned fine artist is known for his elab­o­rate scenes in­volv­ing mul­ti­ple fig­ures and an­i­mals.

An­other note­wor­thy sale was Joseph Henry Sharp’s unique The Artist in the Stu­dio Mir­ror, a self-por­trait that saw con­sis­tent bid­ding in the room and on the phones be­fore even­tu­ally clos­ing at $204,750, more than dou­ble its high es­ti­mate of $100,000.

Thomas Moran (1837-1926), Soli­tude. The Co­conino For­est, Ari­zona, 1907. Oil on can­vas, 20 x 30 in. Es­ti­mate: $400/600,000 SOLD: $438,750

Ger­ard Cur­tis De­lano (1890-1972), The Vic­tors. Oil on can­vas, 20½ x 39 in. Es­ti­mate: $350/450,000 SOLD: $444,600

Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953), The Artist in the Stu­dio Mir­ror. Oil on can­vas, 24 x 20 in. Es­ti­mate: $70/100,000 SOLD: $204,750

Victor Hig­gins (1884-1949), Fall Land­scape. Oil on can­vas, 12 x 14 in. Es­ti­mate: $40/60,000 SOLD: $93,600

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