Scottsdale Art Auction: Session 1
Auctions are filled with subtle nuance: when to bid, how to bid, the volume of the bid, where to sit in the room, the frequency of the bids, the number of online or telephone bidders, the lot’s placement within the sale. To some bidders every detail matters, which is why taking the auction reserve out of the equation can be such a hit to buyers and sellers—it’s one less thing to worry about.
Scottsdale Art Auction kicks off its 2019
sale on April 6, starting with the first session at 9:30 a.m. All 119 lots in Session 1 will be available at no reserve, meaning they can sell for whatever the bidders in the room dictate. “We’ve had tremendous success in these no-reserve sales, and we look forward to that once again this year in our first session,” says Brad Richardson, partner with the Scottsdale Art Auction. “We certainly see some exciting bidding, which is always fun for us.” While Session 1 lots do tend to be more affordable than Session 2 artworks—many estimates start at $1,000 or $2,000—the lots are still magnificent works from many of the Western greats, including artists such as Bob Kuhn, James Boren, Joni Falk, Jim Norton, Oreland Joe, Olaf Wieghorst, C. Michael Dudash, Bill Anton and many others.
Noteworthy lots include two works showing dramatic action from horse-riding figures: Charlie Dye’s cowboy scene in Cutting Out a Stray, estimated at $20,000 to $30,000, and Andy Thomas’ Deadly Chase, also estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. Another cowboy work is Boren’s camp scene Five Card Stud, showing five cowboys playing cards after a long day on the range. The watercolor work is estimated at $7,000 to $10,000.
G. Harvey, the late Texas painter who immortalized the cowboy within his natural surroundings, will be represented heavily in Session 2 with major works, but in Session 1 bidders will have a chance to own three important oils—across Gentle Snow (est. $30/50,000), Hackberry Crossing (est. $35/50,000) and Bunkhouse Buddies (est. $45/65,000)—as well as two bucking bronco bronzes, both estimated to sell below $5,000.
Wildlife art will be heavily represented with stunning examples from Nancy Glazier, Daniel Smith, Gary Swanson and large bronzes by Dan Ostermiller, including Indigo’s Dream (est. $30,/60,000). Also available are a set of Kuhn lion sketches, and several sketches and an etching by Wilhelm Kuhnert, with estimates that range from $1,000 to $4,000.
Landscape works available include incredible pieces by Len Chmiel, Glenn Dean, Matt Smith, G. Russell Case, Bruce Cheever and David Wright, who offers a more historical view of the landscape in his painting Moving Through the Beartooths (est. $6/9,000).
Wieghorst, who has always had a strong presence at Scottsdale Art Auction sales, will have three works on paper, all pen and ink with watercolor, each being sold separately between $3,000 and $6,000.
For auction partner Michael Frost, it’s this variety of artwork that makes the sale so much fun. “…We really offer a wide range of artwork, for every price point,” he says. “There are pieces with starting bids of $300 and then we’ll have pieces that could sell for more than $3 million.”
Charlie Dye (1906-1972), Cutting Out a Stray, oil on board, 24 x 20” Estimate: $20/30,000
G. Harvey (1933-2017), Across Gentle Snow, oil on canvas, 24 x 20” Estimate: $30/50,000
Len Chmiel, A Precipitous Attitude, oil on board, 22 x 29” Estimate: $6/8,000
Andy Thomas, Deadly Chase, oil on canvas, 26 x 38” Estimate: $20/30,000
James Boren (1921-1990), Five Card Stub, watercolor, 31 x 44” Estimate: $7/10,000