A weekend of record rainfall in Phoenix did not deter Western enthusiasts, collectors, and those passionate about Western American history from attending the 23rd annual High Noon Western Americana Antique Show and bidding with fervor at the High Noon Western Americana Auction.
Held January 26 and 27, 2013 at the Mesa Convention Center and adjacent Marriott Hotel, the show saw record crowds fill the halls throughout the weekend and dealers reported very strong sales. The High Noon Auction also saw a record number of bidders reporting a new high in Internet registered bidders indicating a global reach and desire for the great American West. Overall, the High Noon Auction earned just over $1.8 million on the 308 lots offered with most lots going for within or over estimates. And, as always, there were a few surprises along the way...
The auction began promptly at 5pm Saturday, January 26th following Linda Kohn Sherwood's opening address. The strength of this sale was seen early on when lot 23, a 12-color circa 1900 Yuma horsehair bridle sold for an impressive $19,550 against its estimate of $3,000 to $4,000. And indeed, the bidders were off and running for the duration of the evening. The important saddles offered were show-stoppers. Lot 206, a Keyston Bros, San Francisco saddle titled the Ute Chieftan Parade Saddle solidly surpassed its high estimate selling for $138,000. The historic silver-mounted, black leather saddle of Símon Bolívar also performed well. Known as Al Libertador, the saddle sold to a floor bidder for $48,875. Rounding out the top three saddles was a Nolte-Olsen Butterfly Saddle, which more than tripled its high estimate earning an impressive $43,125.
The Fine Art category saw offerings from the finest painters and sculptors of the American West. A beautiful bronze by Harry Jackson (1924-2011) entitled Sacajawea II sold for high estimate at $9,200. An oil on wood panel by Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953) titled Indian Encampment was offered for $15,000 but nicely exceeded that selling for $18,400. Also solidly exceeding its high estimate was The Pony Dance, an oil on canvas by Roy Anderson (b. 1930) which earned $5,175.
Prices realized in the American Indian category were exceptionally strong beginning with an early Northern Plains Tomahawk which sold for $34,500. Solidly surpassing its high estimate was a spectacular quilled dag knife sheath which was offered for $25,000 but sold for $31,625. A circa 1890 Sioux quilled man's shirt also sold very well earning $20,700 and a circa 1900 beaded man's pictorial vest also surpassed high estimate selling for $19,550.
The bits and spurs category saw impressive prices as well as some surprises. Almost doubling its high estimate was a pair of GS Garcia, Elko NV Pat No 44 spurs, circa 1915. This pair saw heated bidding driving the hammer price to $21,850. Also selling for more than double its high estimate was a pair of Jose Figueroa (1880-1951) double-mounted and silver inlaid Southern California spurs which fetched $25,875. A pair of John Cox Canon City spurs sold for $19,550 against its $15,000 high estimate.
Rounding out the highlights of this sale was Lot 238, a striking 1880s green Mexican sombrero. Estimated to earn $6,000 on the high side, this sombrero more than doubled its high estimate selling for $14,950.
And on the side of fun and whimsy, a "Jail Truck," complete with prison bars for windows sold for $21,850.
Winning the TCAA Emerging Artist Award for Silver Smithing was Matt Litz from Iowa Park, Texas and Conley Walker won the Emerging Artist Award for Saddle Making.
For complete prices realized and more information, please visit www.highnoon.com or call the offices of High Noon at (310) 202-9010.
The photos above were taken at the High Noon show.