Brian Lebel’s Cody Old West Show & Auc­tion

Brian Lebel’s Cody Old West Show & Auc­tion makes a tri­umphant re­turn to Santa Fe.

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Santa Fe, NM

Af­ter a tremen­dously suc­cess­ful first year in Santa Fe, New Mex­ico, in 2018, Brian Lebel re­turned to the fa­mous South­west­ern town for a re­peat act on June 22 and 23 for the Cody Old West Show & Auc­tion. The two-day show and auc­tion once again brought top-qual­ity West­ern and Na­tive Amer­i­can ma­te­ri­als to the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, in the heart of Santa Fe’s beau­ti­ful Plaza dis­trict.

Strong crowds, high sales and en­gaged buy­ers were re­ported through­out the show, which brought out more than 150 deal­ers that were spread out of­fer­ing any­thing from cav­alry ri­fles and pa­rade sad­dles to Navajo weav­ings and Pue­blo pot­tery, and much more.

In ad­di­tion to the dealer show was the live auc­tion event, which fea­tured more than 225 lots of high-qual­ity West­ern ma­te­rial.

The top lot was the Ed­ward H. Bohlin Dick Dick­son Jr. pa­rade sad­dle. The sad­dle, made by Bohlin for John R. Dow of Kansas City, Mis­souri, fea­tured long tapaderos, match­ing breast col­lar and bri­dle, and Bohlin’s trade­mark raised buf­falo head on the sil­ver horn. Es­ti­mated at $25,000 to $30,000, the 1950s sad­dle sold for nearly $26,550. “This par­tic­u­lar style of Bohlin pa­rade sad­dle was orig­i­nally de­signed by and named for movie the­atre ex­ec­u­tive, rancher and RV reg­u­lar, Dick Dick­son,” Lebel says. “In the 1930s, the Dick Dick­son, Miss Dick­son and Dick Dick­son Jr. be­came the most pop­u­lar pa­rade styles made by the Bohlin com­pany, and re­mained so for a quar­ter of a cen­tury.”

Another top lot was a col­lec­tion of ar­ti­facts from John Wes­ley Hardin, the fa­mous Texas gun­fighter. The items were an orig­i­nal gam­bling chip from the Acme Sa­loon, where Hardin was killed in 1895; an au­then­tic nine of hearts shot card with four bul­let holes, with orig­i­nal Hardin sig­na­ture; an orig­i­nal Hardin call­ing card; and an orig­i­nal chit from the Wig­wam Sa­loon, signed and dated by Hardin just three months be­fore he was killed. The four ar­ti­facts sold for $23,600, just un­der their $25,000 low es­ti­mate.

Other top lots were an Ed­ward Bor­ein work on pa­per (est. $10/12,000) that sold for $18,800, another Bohlin sil­ver sad­dle (est. $8/12,000) that sold for $12,980, and a Mur­ray Bros. cus­tom “dragon­fly” buckle with belt (est. $10/12,000) that sold for $11,210.

The auc­tion re­al­ized more than $414,000. Lebel’s next show, the an­nual Mesa Old West Show & Auc­tion, will take place Jan­uary 25 and 26, 2020, in Mesa, Ari­zona.

1. Erin Ship­ley, left, Kather­ine Mor­gan and Melissa Mccracken. 2. Cathy Smith, cen­ter, with Nambe Trad­ing Post. 3. Tona Blake at the Cody Old West Show & Auc­tion in Santa Fe. 4. Michael and Katie Richarme with the Danc­ing Rab­bit Gallery. 5. Au­thor and art dealer For­rest Fenn. 6. Tom Wil­lett with Vit­nage. 7. Brant Mack­ley, owner of Brant Mack­ley Gallery. 8. Bar­bara Miles of Miles & Miles Trad­ing with Ob­jects of Art co-owner John Mor­ris. 9. Jew­eler Olin Tsingine with Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo queens. 10. Carol Wil­son, left, owner of Wild In­stincts, with Bobbi Jeen Ol­son, owner of West­ern Trad­ing Post. 11. Man­i­tou Gal­leries ‘ Bob and Charla Nel­son. 12. Amanda Pit­man and Don Siegel in the Chipeta Trad­ing booth. 13. Artists Ore­land Joe, left, with Curt Matt­son. 14. Painter An­thony Gchachu with some of his work. 15. Jew­el­ers Cody San­der­son, left, Michael Dale Mauri­cio and Olin Tsingine. 16. Robert Gal­le­gos, left, in his booth with guests. 17. Painter Billy Schenck ex­am­ines a pot at the show. 18. Col­lec­tors Marc and Lynn Ap­ple­baum.

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