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