Altermann Galleries’ Online Sale
Taos and other works from New Mexico will be available in Altermann Galleries’ online-only sale throughout November.
Santa Fe, NM
Beginning November 1 and running all month long, Altermann Galleries & Auctioneers will be hosting an online-only sale of Western works. The auction , which will have more than 200 lots, will also focus on moderately priced works with no or low reserves.
Bidding will be available for the online sale at www.invaluable.com. The auction lots will be available for preview at the Santa Fe gallery—monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.—beginning November 1.
“Our trend is about a third of our bidders are in the room, a third on the phones or by absentee bid, and a third online. So it will be exciting to have an online-only sale as that area has shown a lot of growth for us,” auciton owner Richard Altermann says. “We’re also helping bidders who might not be 100 percent computer literate so they can set up an account and bid. We want to help anyone who wants to participate.”
Auction highlights include Fremont Ellis’ landscape, Aspens, an oil that measures 22 by 28 inches. The work, with a prominent V-shaped composition that leads the eye into a narrow aspen-lined path, is estimated at $15,000 to $20,000. The Montana-born painter was instrumental in the creation of the art group Los Cinco Pintores, which he formed with Willard Nash, Jozef Bakos, Will Shuster and Walter Mruk.
Another work up for grabs is William R. Leigh’s The Water Girl of Walpi, a small gouache work estimated at $6,000 to $8,000. Leigh, who is most famous for his cowboy action scenes, also spent a great deal of time painting Native American women.
A third highlight is E. Martin Hennings’ portrait of his wife and daughter, Mrs. Hennings with Daughter, which will be offered with no reserve. The work is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000. Hennings was an influential member of the Taos Society of Artists.
William R. Leigh (1866-1955), The Water Girl of Walpi, gouache on paper, 8¾ x 6" Estimate: $6/10,000