Fresh Faces

New col­lec­tors and younger col­lec­tors bring ex­cite­ment to the Coeur d’alene Art Auc­tion in Reno, Ne­vada

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New col­lec­tors and younger col­lec­tors bring ex­cite­ment to the Coeur d’alene Art Auc­tion in Reno, Ne­vada

Seats were full, phone lines were busy and in­ter­net bid­ding was con­sis­tent, yet what most im­pressed Mike Overby, auc­tion part­ner at the Coeur d’alene Art Auc­tion, one of the top Western auc­tions in the coun­try, were the new bid­ders.

“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,” 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.”

Those new bid­ders— along with vet­eran col­lec­tors—helped pro­pel the Coeur d’alene Art Auc­tion to re­al­ize more than $13.3 mil­lion in sales with more than 91 per­cent of lots sold dur­ing the July 28 sale in Reno, Ne­vada.

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.

One lot that gen­er­ated con­sid­er­able fire­works 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.

Also in the top 10 were three works by Western painter Howard Terp­n­ing: Dust of Many Pony Sol­diers sold for $819,000, Chased by the Devil sold for $651,000 and Beaver n’ Black­feet sold for $386,750.The 90-yearold painter is widely con­sid­ered to be the great­est liv­ing Western artist and is still very ac­tive in his Ari­zona stu­dio.

Peter Hurd (1904-1984), The Horse Wran­gler, 1947. Egg tem­pera on board, 20 x 18 in. Es­ti­mate: $20/30,000 SOLD: $107100

Edgar Payne (1883-1947), Soli­tude’s En­chant­ment, 1921. Oil on can­vas, 43 x 43 in. Es­ti­mate: $300/500,000 SOLD: $476,000

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

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