Coeur d’alene Art Auc­tion

Reno, NV

Western Art Collector - - CONTENTS -

On July 28, the Coeur d’alene Art Auc­tion re­turned to Reno, Ne­vada, to of­fer top-qual­ity works in one of the big­gest Western art sales in the coun­try. The sale didn’t dis­ap­point, re­al­iz­ing more than $13.3 mil­lion and creat­ing a hand­ful of new artist world records.

Turnout in the room, as well as on the phones and on­line, was high and bids were con­sis­tent as 311 lots, made up of both his­toric and con­tem­po­rary works, were of­fered to bid­ders. In the end more than 91 per­cent of the works sold.

“The crowd was great, and we even had to add chairs as the auc­tion was about to be­gin. And the phone bid­ding was up, as was the in­ter­net bid­ding,” auc­tion part­ner Mike Overby says. “But the thing we re­ally liked to see were the new faces in the crowd bid­ding. When you get new eye­balls in the room that’s al­ways pos­i­tive.”

The top lot was Al­fred Ja­cob Miller’s 1850 oil The Thirsty Trap­per, which sold for $1,715,000, within es­ti­mates of $1.5 mil­lion and $2.5 mil­lion. “This paint­ing is such an im­por­tant his­toric work from this artist. Good oils like this from Miller are very hard to find,”

Overby says. “It’s just a very aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing paint­ing, one of the best to come to mar­ket. The fig­ures are so well done and the scene it­self is very up­lift­ing with the land­scape and the teepees in the back­ground. It shows the best of his abil­i­ties.”

Other tops lots were two strong land­scape works: Henry Farny’s

1901 Na­tive Amer­i­can piece Pas­tures New (est. $400/600,000) that sold for $535,500, and

Edgar Payne’s 1921 Soli­tude’s En­chant­ment, that just missed its high es­ti­mate of $500,000 when it sold for $476,000. “The Farny is a

tremen­dous paint­ing,” Overby says. “His oils are very rare be­cause he did a lot of gouache and wa­ter­col­ors, so oils are rare to the mar­ket. When they do pop up they sure cause a scene.”

Wil­liam R. Leigh’s pas­toral West Vir­ginia Wood­chop­per sold for $297,500, just miss­ing its $300,000 low es­ti­mate. Ear­lier in the sale Lav­erne Nel­son Black’s Along the Old Trail sold for $238,000, barely miss­ing its high es­ti­mate of $250,000. Two works by Taos artist Eanger Irv­ing Couse also per­formed strongly: the noc­turne Night Birds (est. $150/250,000) sold for $238,000 and Quail Hunters (est. $150/250,000) sold for $202,300.

Three Howard Terp­n­ing paint­ings, all within the top six auc­tion lots, cre­ated fire­works:

Dust of Many Pony Sol­diers (est. $800/1,200,000) sold for $819,000, Chased by the Devil (est. $400/600,000) sold for $651,000 and Beaver n’ Black­feet (est. $300/500,000) sold for $386,750. “Howard’s mar­ket is as strong as can be. He’s slowed down his out­put, so what’s out there is all that’s re­ally avail­able, so when a ma­jor oil comes up like these there’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be a lot of com­pe­ti­tion,” Overby says. “He’s still con­sid­ered to be, by far, the best con­tem­po­rary Western painter work­ing to­day.”

Two works from younger, more con­tem­po­rary painters also per­formed strongly: Lo­gan Maxwell Hagege’s Be­fore the Cold Winds Come sold well over its high es­ti­mate of $75,000 when it closed at $95,200, creat­ing a new world auc­tion record for the artist; and Mark Mag­giori’s

Fa­ther & Son, es­ti­mated at $25,000 to $35,000, sold over es­ti­mates at $44,630, com­ing within strik­ing dis­tance of a $51,000 world record for the artist set this past March.

One lot that gen­er­ated con­sid­er­able at­ten­tion was Peter Hurd’s 1947 egg tem­pera

The Horse Wran­gler. The 20-inch-tall piece was ex­pected to fetch $20,000 to $30,000, but soared more than three times its high es­ti­mate be­fore sell­ing at $107,100, crush­ing a pre­vi­ous auc­tion record for a Hurd work by more than $35,000.

art col­lec­tors. left, with sev­eral WesternAu­thor Donna Poul­ton,

The Boze­man crew: Cur­tisSteve Za­bel Tier­ney, left, and ThomasNy­gard.

Lo­gan Maxwell Hagege, Be­fore the Cold Winds Come, 2016, oil on can­vas, 40 x 60". Artist World Auc­tion Record. Es­ti­mate: $50/75,000 SOLD: $95,200

Al­fred Ja­cob Miller (1810-1874), The Thirsty Trap­per, 1850, oil on can­vas, 24 x 20"Es­ti­mate: $1.5/2.5 mil­lion SOLD $1,715,000

SOLD: $107,1001903, oil on can­vas, 37 x 49" Es­ti­mate: $300/500,000 SOLD: $297,500

Peter Hurd (1904-1984), The Horse Wran­gler, 1947, egg tem­pera on board, 20 x 18". Artist World Auc­tion Record. Es­ti­mate: $20/30,000Wil­liam R. Leigh (1866-1955), West Vir­ginia Wood­chop­per [or] West Vir­ginia Farm Boy,

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