Al­ter­mann Gal­leries & Auc­tion­eers’ Santa Fe Sale

Santa Fe, NM

Western Art Collector - - CONTENTS -

The thrill of an auc­tion is that any lot, in­clud­ing the first or last, could be a block­buster. For Al­ter­mann Gal­leries & Auc­tion­eers’ Santa Fe sale on Au­gust 10 and 11, the big­gest thrill came dur­ing Lot 640 of the 658lot auc­tion. It was there, just 18 lots from the end of the sale, that pro­duced fire­works, when Wil­liam Pen­hal­low Hen­der­son’s An­other Spring rock­eted past its high es­ti­mate of $250,000, fi­nally sell­ing at $465,000 and creat­ing a new auc­tion world record for the re­spected painter of the Southwest.

The work, which shows a fe­male fig­ure beam­ing proudly amid a vil­lage scene over­come by spring’s rich wave of color and life, saw steady bid­ding, even as it soared past its es­ti­mate, and then nearly dou­bling it. It broke Hen­der­son’s pre­vi­ous auc­tion record, a land­scape that sold for $410,000 in 2011 at Christie’s, by more than $50,000. For even more

con­text on this mo­men­tous sale, Hen­der­son’s third-best auc­tion lot is a flo­ral ar­range­ment that sold for $71,000 in 2007.

Other top lots were Ken­neth Ri­ley’s Ab­saroka, fea­tur­ing a Na­tive Amer­i­can fig­ure in full re­galia in front of a horse, that sold for $72,500, just over its low es­ti­mate of $70,000, and Theodore Van Soe­len’s land­scape Gath­er­ing for Ves­pers, which also just cleared its low es­ti­mate of $50,000 when it sold for $52,800.

Olaf Wieghorst’s Apache Trail, show­ing two Na­tive Amer­i­can rid­ers in front of a huge Ari­zona rock for­ma­tion, sold for $42,600, just miss­ing its high es­ti­mate of $45,000. John Philip Fal­ter’s 1974 wagon scene Home­stead­ers (est. $40/60,000) sold for $36,000 while Frank Mc­carthy’s Ari­zona Pa­trol (est. $25/35,000) achieved $27,600. An­other high­light was Ed Mell’s Western Bronc, a pop­u­lar sub­ject for the Ari­zona mod­ernist. The highly ab­stracted work of a rider on a buck­ing horse sold for $23,400, fall­ing just short of a $24,000 high es­ti­mate.

Other top lots in­cluded pieces by Fre­mont El­lis, John Ni­eto, Elias Rivera, Dan Oster­miller, Walt Gonske, John Moy­ers, Edouard Cortès, Ger­ard Cur­tis De­lano and E. Martin Hen­nings.

Olaf Wieghorst (1899-1988), Apache Trail, oil on can­vas, 24 x 30" Es­ti­mate: $35/45,000 SOLD: $42,600

Ken­neth Ri­ley (1919-2015), Ab­saroka, acrylic on panel, 36 x 27" Es­ti­mate: $70/90,000 SOLD: $72,000

Theodore Van Soe­len (1890-1964), Gath­er­ing for Ves­pers, oil on can­vas, 28 x 36" Es­ti­mate: $50/70,000 SOLD: $52,800

Wil­liam Pen­hal­low Hen­der­son (1877-1943), An­other Spring, oil on can­vas, 32¼ x 40¼" Es­ti­mate: $150/250,000 SOLD: $465,000

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