Les­lie Hind­man Auc­tion­eers’ Arts of the Amer­i­can West

Den­ver, CO

Western Art Collector - - CONTENTS -

Les­lie Hind­man Auc­tion­eers hosted its first Arts of the Amer­i­can West sale of 2018 on April 20 and 21 to strong, com­pet­i­tive bid­ding in house, on the phone and on­line. This led to a sales to­tal of $744,700, with Western art be­ing among the top per­form­ing cat­e­gories of the sale. While a num­ber of the ma­jor per­form­ers were by his­toric artists, there was a no­tice­able in­ter­est in con­tem­po­rary work through­out the auc­tion.

“There were strong prices for the more con­tem­po­rary pieces, for example the Kevin Red Star brought $8,125,” says Maron Hind­man, the auc­tion house’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the West/south­west re­gion. “In some cases, liv­ing, pro­duc­ing artists don’t per­form quite as well at auc­tion, but some of these con­tem­po­rary artists are start­ing to have strong show­ings at auc­tion. With that, we see young peo­ple mov­ing into the col­lect­ing cat­e­gory of Western art.”

The top lot of the auc­tion was Charles M. Rus­sell’s wildlife paint­ing Black Tail, Buf­falo Days (est. $80/120,000), which sold for $68,750. The sec­ond high­est earner was a

small-scale work by Os­car E. Bern­ing­haus ti­tled Wan­der­ing Home Seeker (est. $20/40,000) that came in within es­ti­mate at $23,750. Mescalero Mother, by Al­lan Houser, which was from a con­signor overseas, rounded out the top three when it sold for $21,250 against a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $10,000 to $15,000.

Also no­table was a work by Burt Proc­tor ti­tled Vis­it­ing Day (est. $4/6,000) that more than dou­bled its high es­ti­mate at $12,500. “The buyer was ex­tremely en­thu­si­as­tic about it and ac­tu­ally pur­chased two by Proc­tor,” says Hind­man. “Be­cause of the size and the amount of fig­ures and de­tail in the paint­ing, he said it was one of the best by Proc­tor he’s seen.”

Two pieces by Por­firio Sali­nas were also no­table, in­clud­ing an un­ti­tled land­scape with prickly pear cac­tus and a farm in the dis­tance, as they sold for $10,000 each. A work by Dan Mieduch ti­tled Romp­ing Through the Has­sayampa and Wil­liam San­der­son’s Ten Bare Trees were also stand­outs, with each sell­ing for $11,250 against pre­sale es­ti­mates of $5,000 to $7,000.

Charles M. Rus­sell (1864-1926), Black Tail, Buf­falo Days, 1916, oil on can­vas, 15 x 21”. Es­ti­mate: $80/120,000 SOLD: $68,750

Al­lan Houser (1914-1994), Mescalero Mother, 1979, carved Ten­nessee mar­ble, 24 x 10 x 12”. Es­ti­mate: $10/15,000 SOLD: $21,250

Os­car E. Bern­ing­haus (1874-1952), Wan­der­ing Home Seeker, 1951, oil on can­vas board, 12 x 15½”. Es­ti­mate: $20/40,000 SOLD: $23,750

Burt Proc­tor (1901-1980), Vis­it­ing Day, oil on panel, 29¼ x 47½”. Es­ti­mate: $4/6,000 SOLD: $12,500

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