Her­itage Auc­tions’ Amer­i­can art sale

Her­itage Auc­tions’ Novem­ber 1 sale of Amer­i­can art saw solid results for its West­ern art of­fer­ings.

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Dal­las, TX

West­ern paint­ings and sculp­ture were among the ma­jor high­lights of Her­itage Auc­tions’ Novem­ber 1 sale of Amer­i­can art in Dal­las. Lead­ing the seg­ment, and the sale as a whole, was a rare 1½-scale ver­sion of one of Fred­eric Rem­ing­ton’s most iconic sculp­tures—bronco Buster. The piece, cre­ated shortly be­fore the artist died in 1909, was cast after his death in 1910 and only 19 edi­tions from the larger-scale plas­ter model were made. Hail­ing from the col­lec­tion of il­lus­tra­tor Mort Kün­stler, Bronco Buster sold squarely within its pre­sale es­ti­mate of $500,000 to $700,000 at $615,000.

Two West­ern paint­ings also landed in the top 10 lots of the sale: G. Har­vey’s When the Cowboys Come to Town – Hous­ton, 1900 (est. $120/180,000) at $162,500 and Howard Terp­n­ing’s Ji­car­illa Apache Rid­ers at $125,000. The Har­vey, as Her­itage’s West­ern art director Alissa Ford ex­plains, was “a Hous­ton scene and it came out from a col­lec­tion in Hous­ton. It was a mon­u­men­tal work and it was sim­i­lar to the large-scale pieces we’ve sold in the past.”

One of the other high­lights in the sale was a Har­vey Cay­lor paint­ing On the Ranch from 1989, which sold for $37,500. “This was just a rare piece that gar­nered the at­ten­tion of not just Amer­i­can buy­ers, but lo­cal Texas buy­ers,” Ford ex­plains. “We held the sale in con­junc­tion with our Texas art auc­tion, which re­ally brought over some cross-mar­ket traf­fic.”

Mod­ernist West­ern paint­ings were among those with the most in­ter­est, in­clud­ing Eric Sloane’s Oc­to­ber Moon Over Grand Canyon, which sold above its pre­sale es­ti­mate at $18,750. The paint­ing fea­tured “strong geo­met­ric de­tails and that strong color,” says Ford. “I think that’s what peo­ple are drawn to right now.” Sev­eral pieces by Ed Mell also soared above their es­ti­mates. Among them were Open­ing Skies (est. $25/35,000) at $42,500 and his paint­ing Glow­ing Thun­der­head (est. $15/25,000) at $40,000.

“The de­mand for works by Ed Mell right now is ex­tremely strong,” says Ford, who adds, “I think

the rea­son why [he’s] gar­ner­ing so much in­ter­est not just from the West­ern mar­ket, but from the Amer­i­can art mar­ket is be­cause his style crosses the bound­aries of what West­ern art re­ally is. He has this fab­u­lous mod­ernist style that is easy for any­one to love and bid on.”

Ford adds, “We see a lot of West­ern buy­ers turn­ing their in­ter­est to mod­ern paint­ing as well, and adding that into their col­lec­tion. It’s where they have this beau­ti­ful, co­he­sive cross­over.”

SOLD: $162,500

Tucker Smith, Glacier Goats, 1991, oil on can­vas, 30 x 36” Es­ti­mate: $30/50,000 SOLD: $55,000

G. Har­vey (1933-2017), When the Cowboys Come to Town – Hous­ton, 1900, 1983, oil on can­vas, 40 x 60” Es­ti­mate: $120/180,000

Ed Mell, Open­ing Skies, oil on can­vas, 60 x 72” Es­ti­mate: $25/35,000 SOLD: $42,500

Howard Terp­n­ing, Ji­car­illa Apache Rid­ers, 1975, oil on can­vas, 30 x 24” Es­ti­mate: $200/300,000 SOLD: $162,500

Fred­eric Rem­ing­ton (1861-1909), Bronco Buster, con­ceived 1908, cast 1910, bronze with green­ish­brown patina, 32⅞” Es­ti­mate: $500/700,000 SOLD: $615,000

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