Les­lie Hind­man’s Arts of the Amer­i­can West

Western and wildlife art­work from three im­por­tant col­lec­tions will cross the block dur­ing Les­lie Hind­man’s Arts of the Amer­i­can West sale.

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Den­ver, CO

His­toric and con­tem­po­rary Western and wildlife art­work ar­rives at auc­tion dur­ing Les­lie Hind­man Auc­tion­eers’ Arts of the Amer­i­can West sale on Novem­ber 9 and 10 in Den­ver. The auc­tion will be high­lighted by three im­por­tant col­lec­tions, al­low­ing buy­ers the chance to pur­chase works that have never be­fore been at auc­tion or are ar­riv­ing at auc­tion for the first time in many years. These in­clude prop­erty from the es­tate of Judge Thomas and Betty Phelps, prop­erty from the col­lec­tion of M. An­thony Greene of Jack­son, Wy­oming, and prop­erty from the es­tate of Steve and Peggy Fos­sett.

“I think the great thing about the sale is it is a good bal­ance of both his­toric and con­tem­po­rary art,” says Kather­ine Har­ring­ton, Western art spe­cial­ist at the auc­tion house. “What we have found is be­cause of the more con­tem­po­rary works—es­pe­cially in Na­tive Art that we’ve been in­clud­ing from peo­ple such as Tony Abetya, John Nieto, Ma­teo Romero—it reaches out to younger col­lec­tors and piques in­ter­est in more col­lec­tors.”

Along with the three group­ings, the stand­out of the sale is a bronze with brown patina mea­sur­ing 24 inches high of Fred­eric Rem­ing­ton’s The Rat­tlesnake #69. Es­ti­mated at $100,000 to $200,000, “The Rat­tlesnake has been in pri­vate hands since it was pur­chased in the early 20th cen­tury,” Har­ring­ton ex­plains.

In the col­lec­tion from Judge Thomas and Betty Phelps will be a num­ber of con­tem­po­rary and his­toric works. In­cluded is Taos So­ci­ety of Artists mem­ber Os­car E. Bern­inghuas’ noc­turne Night Vis­i­tors, Taos, de­pict­ing sev­eral horses graz­ing along­side an adobe home that is lit from within. The piece has a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $12,000 to $18,000. Also from their col­lec­tion is Wil­liam Ach­eff’s work Har­mo­nious Sounds (est. $15/25,000).

The Fos­sett col­lec­tion will make up around 60 lots in the sale, with the fo­cus be­ing im­por­tant Na­tive Amer­i­can ob­jects from their Beaver Creek, Colorado, home. Also of­fered is the Dave Mcgary bronze Four Bears, edi­tion No. 35 of 75, which is ex­pected to sell be­tween $2,000 and $4,000. Peo­ple will rec­og­nize Steve Fos­sett’s name as he was a busi­ness­man and mod­ern-day

ad­ven­turer. In 2002 he be­came the first per­son to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the world solo in a bal­loon with­out stop­ping or hav­ing to re­fuel, and has other records in­clud­ing as a bal­loon­ist, sailor and fixed-wing air­craft pi­lot.

Wildlife and Western pieces are the pri­mary of­fer­ings from M. An­thony Greene, who served on the board of the High Mu­seum of Art in At­lanta and the Na­tional Mu­seum of Wildlife Art in Jack­son. “Some of the works that we’re fea­tur­ing in the sale just show his pas­sion for col­lect­ing wildlife art, and we’re thrilled to be han­dling some of the pieces from his col­lec­tion,” says Har­ring­ton.

In­cluded is cast No. 13 of 15 of Richard Lof­fler’s Buf­falo Trail, which also has an edi­tion in the Na­tional Mu­seum of Wildlife Art hold­ings. There also will be two pieces by Ken Carl­son—au­tumn Ri­valry and Griz­zly Cross­ing a River—that are ex­pected to sell for $20,000 to $40,000 each. Clyde Aspe­vig’s Along the Rim, with an es­ti­mate of $20,000 to $30,000, is an­other stand­out of the col­lec­tion.

Out­side the col­lec­tions, other high­lights in­clude E. Wil­liam Gollings’ Her­ald of Trou­ble, circa 1911, which has an es­ti­mate of $70,000 to $90,000; Donna How­ell-sickle’s mixed me­dia What’s Brew­ing (est. $2/4,000) and Aspe­vig’s Morn­ing at the Pin­na­cles (est. $2/4,000).

Fred­eric Rem­ing­ton (1861-1909), The Rat­tlesnake #69, bronze with brown patina, 24” Es­ti­mate: $100/200,000

Charles Par­tridge Adams (1858-1942), Break­ing Away Near Sil­ver­ton, Colo., oil on can­vas, 9½ x 14½” Es­ti­mate: $3/5,000

Dave Mcgary (1958-2013), Four Bears, bronze, ed. 35 of 75, 13½ x 12 x 9” Es­ti­mate: $2/4,000

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