As bidding increments climb to new heights and new world records are set, the excitement in the saleroom is electrifying! John Wayne’s hat goes for over $80K! The Bohlin saddle that broke all world records! For a quick look at the highlights from previous auctions, click on the years below.
High Noon wrapped its 14th annual Old West Show & Auction in Mesa with record breaking show attendance and a lively 400 lot Saturday evening auction highlighted by the legendary 1911 Pendleton Round-Up Trophy Saddle along with some very spirited bidding on famous TV and Movie Cowboy memorabilia.
High End silver mounted Spurs, always a stable of the High Noon Sales, set the auction tempo selling anywhere from $16,500 for a marked pair of Ralph Graham Oregon spurs to $28,600 for a fabulous pair made in the late 1800’s by the renowned Anastasio Larios of Northern California.
Major western museums were well represented with Don Reeves bidding on behalf of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and John Gray, Executive Director of the Los Angeles based Autry National Center also in attendance.
2004 AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS
Lot #20 - Horn Chair - $2200
Lot #39 - Unger Sterling Dresser Set - $5500
Lot #61 - Guy Deel Oil on Board - $4400
Lot #88 - John Hampton Bronze - $11,275
Lot #92 - Jose Figueroa California Spurs - $8250
Lot #93 - J.F. Echavarria California Spurs - $4950
Lot #96 - T.L. Hildreth, Sacramento Spurs - $9350
Lot #97 - Ralph Graham, Oregon Spurs - $16,500
Lot #114 - Edward Curtis “The Vanishing Race” - 11,550
Lot #120 - Lee Marvin Colt from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence - $16,500
Lot #121 - John Wayne Colt from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - $18,700
Lot #122 - Matt Dillon (James Arness) Colt from Gunsmoke - $24,200
Lot #123 - Festus (Ken Curtis) Colt from Gunsmoke - $23,200
Lot #129 - James Garner Coat from TV’s Maverick - $3300
Lot #145 - Clarence Nelson, Sacramento Spade Bit - $1980
Lot #156 - Grace White (1905-1957) Cowgirl Lot - $4000
Lot #173 - Visalia Stock Saddle Co, San Francisco Bridle - $4030
Lot #177 - Olaf Wieghorst Oil on Board - $10,450
Lot #186 - Joe Beeler Bronze - $3850
Lot #231 - Albert Espinosa 1890s California Spurs - $7150
Lot #232 - Fabulous A. Larios early California Spurs - $28,600
Lot #233 - Important 1911 Pendleton Round-Up Championship Saddle - $52,250
Lot #253 - 1880s Mexican Charro Saddle - $9350
Lot #263 - Estribo De Cruz (Matched Pair of Cross Stirrups - $18,700
Lot #273 - 1890s Cowboy Boots - $2750
Lot #281 - 1880s Yankton-Hidatas Quilled & Beaded Pipe Bag - $8800
Lot #329 - Les Garcia Filigreed Sterling Parade Saddle - $27,500
Lot #345 - Ed Bohlin Escondido model Silver Parade Saddle - $31,350
Lot #347 - Ed Bohlin Will Rogers Provenance Spurs - $24,750
Lot #348 - Rancheros Visitadores signed Guitar - $12,100
Lot #351 - Wyoming Pete Beaded Vest - $8800
High Noon wrapped it’s 15th annual Western Americana Show & Auction, the weekend of Jan 22-23, 2005, in its spacious, convenient and comfortable new venue at the Phoenix Civic Plaza and adjacent Hyatt Regency with elevated attendance and a robust Saturday evening auction that featured impressive results highlighted by an Edward H. Bohlin silver mounted youth saddle, an Olaf Wieghorst (1899-1988) Oil Painting, plus spirited bidding on a wide variety of western artifacts including famous Hollywood Movie and TV cowboy memorabilia. However, the surprise of the sale, and undoubtedly a new world’s record was price set by the winning bid on a stunning, 3-color gold filigreed Belt Buckle made for Edward H. Bohlin, the Saddlemaker to the Stars himself.
2005 AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS
Lot #91 - Emil Lenders (est $6000-9000) - $22,400
Lot #92 - Cowgirl Outfit w/ Leggings - $3640
Lot #120 - Baranger Mechanical Cowboy Window Display (est $5000-7500) - $17,920
Lot #136 - ADM Cooper Oil (est $2500-3500) - $11,200
Lot #195 - Duke’s Shot from Big Jake (est $6000-9000) - $27,440
Lot #196 - John Wayne’s HS Year Book (est $2000-3000) - $3640
Lot #198 - John Wayne’s Colt SA “Liberty Valence” (est $9000-12,000) - $20,160
Lot #201 - Richard Boone “Have Gun Will Travel” Derringer (est $7000-9000) - $15,600
Lot #203 - Edward H Bohlin Youth Saddle (est $40,000-60,000) - $95,200
Lot #204 - Bohlin 3-color Gold Filigreed Belt Buckle (est $6000-9000) - $29,120
Lot #205 - Edward H Bohlin Boots and SPURS - $16,800
Lot #206 - Edward H Bohlin Gun Rig (est $9000-12,000) - $14,560
Lot #224 - Will James Drawing (est $4000-6000) - $8960
Lot # 226 - Olaf Wighorst Oil (est $25,000-50,000) - $75,660
Lot #227 - Lon Megarge (est $7000-9000) - $9500
Lot #236 - Luis B Ortega Hatband (est $2000-3000) - $4032
Lot #238 - Luis B Ortega Reins (est $3000-3500) - $4760
Lot #249 - Nez Perce Pictorial Veaded Vest, 1890 - $24,640
Lot #312 - 1886 Mexican Saddle (est $8000-11,000) - $22,400
Lot #317 - Brydon Bros Silver “Peacock” Saddle (est $25,000-40,000) - $39,200
High Noon wrapped its 16th annual Western Americana Show & Auction at the Phoenix Civic Plaza and Adjacent Hyatt Regency with a record setting $2M+ auction and a robust gate producing generally positive results from the majority of the 250 Western, American Indian and Fine Art exhibiting dealers.
Linda Kohn, show promoter and co-owner of High Noon, reported a 20% increase in overall show attendance and a 30% increase in auction revenue over the previous year.
Co-Producer, Joseph Sherwood, explained his theory that much of the show increase resulted from expanded radio and TV advertising with the auction benefiting from broad diversity in consignments that included an unreserved “high-end” gambling, saloon & gold rush consignment from a downsizing New York collector, plus a fabulous collection of extremely rare cattle and early brand books from a popular Santa Fe, New Mexico cattleman.
2006 AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS
Lot #56 - Fancy 1960s Rios Cowboy Boots (est. $1500-2500) - $4025
Lot #209 - Edward H. Bohlin filigreed Chaps (est. $6000-9000) - $10,925
Lot #240 - Deerlodge Horsehair Bridle (est. $4000-6000) - $8050
Lot #264 - Luis B. Ortega Braided Show Quirt (est. $8000-12,000) - $16,100
Lot #266 - Luis B. Ortega Fancy Braided Rawhide Reins (est. $5000-7500) - $24,150
Lot #95 - Visalia Silver Mounted Show saddle (est. $20,000-30,000) - $63,250
Lot #98 - Bruce Lovins Sterling Silver Parade Saddle (est. $12,000-18,000) - $27,750
Lot #143 - Edward H. Bohlin “Machris” Parade Saddle (est., $30,000-50,000) - $115,000
Lot #171 - W.E. Fulps Texas Salesman Sample Saddle (est. $9000-11,000) - $17,250
Lot #357 - Visalia Miniature Presentation Saddle (est. $6000-9000) - $31,050
Lot #135 - Abbie Hunt “His & Hers” Spurs (est. $20,000-30,000) - $29,900
Lot #136 - G.S. Garcia Snake Spurs (est. $7000-10,000) - $21,850
Lot #241 - G.S. Garcia Gal Leg Spurs (est. $20,000-30,000) - $25,300
Lot #124 - Sioux Beaded 1890s Half-Seat Saddle (est. $45,000-75,000) - $86,250
Lot #195 - Navajo Transitional Blanket (est. $1200-1800) - $3738
Lot #201 - Southern Cheyenne Beaded Moccasins (est. $9000-12,000) - $12,650
Gambling, Saloon & Gold Rush
Lot #149 - Sterling & Ivory Boars Tusk Cigar Cutter (est. $2500-4000) - $7475
Lot #151 - Double Horse-Head Ivory Corkscrew (est. $2000-3000) - $6325
Lot #158 - Will & Finck, San Francisco Gamblerís Dirk (est. $20,000-30,000) - $23,000
Lot #179 - Ray Swanson Oil on Board (est. $10,000-15,000) - $20,700
Lot #181 - Martin Grelle Oil on Canvas (est. $15,000-20,000) - $26,450
Lot #203 - Lon Megargee Oil on Board (est. $5000-7000) - $16,100
Lot #217 - Burt Procter Oil on Board (est. $4000-6000) - $12,650
Lot #260 - Olaf Wieghorst 30 x 36 Oil on Canvas (est. $60,000-90,000) - $138,000
Lot #213 - Clint Eastwood “Josie Wales” Movie Gun (est. $5000-7500) - $6900
Lot #216 - James Arness (Matt Dillon) Gunsmoke Lot (est. $8000-10,000) - $33,350
Lot #289 - Tom Mix Jacket & Pants (est. $5000-7500) - $19,550
Lot #322 - Michael Landon “Little Joe” Bonanza TV Colt & Rifle (est. $6000-8000) - $13,800
Lot #324 - John Wayne “Hondo” Shirt (est. $2000-3000) - $8050
Lot #348 - Buck Jones Miles City Chaps (est. $5000-7500) - $9200
Livestock & Brand Books
Lot #390 - Hunting Trips of a Ranchman by T. Roosevelt (est. $2000-3000) - $5175
Lot #392 - Prose and Poetry of the Live Stock Industry (est. $12,000-15,000) - $25,300
Lot #394 - 1885-86 Montana Brand Book (est. $2000-3000) - $2875
John Wayne Cowboy Hat Sets Record at High Noon Auction
High Noon wrapped it’s17th annual Western Americana Show & Auction, in Phoenix, AZ, the weekend of Jan 20th-21st, 2007, with a $3 million record setting auction highlighted by an $86,250 final bid (including buyer’s premium) for a John Wayne Cowboy Hat made by the legendary Rodeo Tailor, Nudie of North Hollywood.
The split-venue event which features a 200 dealer Western Fine Art and Antique Show at the Civic Plaza plus Saturday evening Auction at the adjacent Hyatt Regency saw robust attendance in spite of inclement weather in the region with some actual snow flurries in Phoenix’s Valley of the Sun.
The record setting 450 lot Saturday auction evening auction featured several important and unreserved, western collections from Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky and California.
Saddle highlights included the fabulous Main & Winchester 1880s San Francisco Saddle (cover lot), which set a world’s record at $230,000 (est. $100,000-150,000), a 1930’s brown Edward H. Bohlin, Hollywood saddle at $74,750 (est. $15.000-20,000), and an important early Santa Barbara, CA saddle made by Sherman Loomis and originally owned by one of the richest men in America, C.K.G. Billings, at $109,250 (est. $20,000-35,000), and an ornate Mexican Rose pattern saddle at $92,000 (est. $15,000-20,000).
Hollywood Cowboy movie & television memorabilia rode the nostalgia wave with a John Wayne Revolver used extensively by Duke’s in his very first 1930 feature film, The Big Trail, by Raoul Walsh -- hammering down for $51,750 (est. $15,000-30,000). A complete John Wayne outfit from “Big Jake” at $17,250 (est. $4000-6000), Clint Eastwood’s Rawhide TV series Hat for $13,800 (est. $1000-2000), and B-movie star Hoot Gibson’s personal spurs for $13,800 (est. $3000-5000).
Fine western art included works by several Cowboy Artist members with a 36 x 24 oil on canvas by 84 year-old Tom Ryan selling for $25,300, and a George Phippen from the Saxony Farm collection at $26,450. An Edward Chambers Oil painting tripled the artists pre-existing auction record at $26,450 while a Will James Charcoal on Paper brought $20,700, and a grouping of sporting art by Henry Hintermeister at $17,250.
Rare silver mounted Texas and California Spurs, always a staple of the High Noon Sales, set the auction tempo with 11 pairs selling for over $10,000 each, 3 pairs over $20,000 each and one pair by the highly coveted early Southern California maker, Jesus Tapia fetching nearly $40,000, nearly twice the high catalog estimate. A single collection from Dallas, Texas, featuring 47 pairs of rare, inside marked Crockett Texas spurs, sold as a single lot for $253,000.
Fancy rawhide work from the Joe & Derlyes Nab collection, made by the master braider, Luis B. Ortega sold from $1800 to $20,000 with several sets of presentation reins in the lofty $10,000-$15,000 range.
Important American Indian artifacts included a pair of beaded pictorial vests – the first from the colorful early Wild West Show performer Tex Cooper, and the 2nd, a fabulous Pendleton Round-Up “Jackson Sundown” vest – both selling for $28,750 each.
Other notable auction results included a Edward H. Bohlin fancy silver mounted Gun Rig that purported once belonged to the infamous Jack Ruby at $18,400, a Panamint Pictorial basket at $13,800 and a Cowboy Quilt selling to benefit the Jim Bob Tinsley Museum and research center for $17,250.
Major museums and cowboy artists associations were well represented with Curator Jerry Smith representing the Phoenix Art Museum, Scott Hardy and Cary Swartz representing the Traditional Cowboy Artists, Don Reeves and Richard Rattenbury attending on behalf of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, John Gray, Executive Director of the Los Angeles based Autry National Center, James Nottage, Vice President and Chief Curatorial Officer of the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, and Jill Osiecki attending with Executive Director, Robert E. Shimp from the Buffalo Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody Wyoming.
The High Noon Show and Auction will return for its 18th year to the Phoenix Civic Plaza next January 26-27, 2008.
|Cowboy, Western & Charro|
|Edw H Bohlin Machris Saddle ensemble with Spurs||$129,500|
|Phillips & Gutierrez, Cheyenne, Wyo Spurs||$51,750|
|Qualey Bros Bit & Spurs||$50,650|
|JP Mason, Sacramento 1868-69 California Saddle||$28,750|
|Irl Terry Eagle Spurs||$28,750|
|Brydon Bros, Los Angeles, Saddle||$28,750|
|Luis B Ortega Santa Ynez Reins with Larry Hoback Bit||$23,000|
|General Luis Terrazas Mexican Saddle||$24,150|
|Hermann Heiser Oklahoma Special Saddle||$20,700|
|19th C Hernandez California Spurs||$17,250|
|AJ Schell Bridle & Bit||$16,100|
|Deerlodge Horsehair Bridle with Canon City Pistol Bit||$14,950|
|August Buermann Matching Bit & Spur Snake Set||$14,950|
|Bill Heisman Contemporary Spurs||$11,500|
|A Larios 19th C California Ring Bit||$8050|
|Martin Grelle Oil on Canvas||$126,500|
|John Noval Marchand||$31,050|
|R Farrington Elwell||$19,550|
|Earl Heikka Bronze||$16,675|
|John Wayne’s Edward H Bohlin Single Spur||$25,300|
|Coats from Butch Cassidy (1969)|
|Wild Bill Elliott Stetson & Hat||$12,075|
|Roy Rogers Museum’s Nellybelle II||$10,925|
|James Arness Gunsmoke Vest||$6325|
|1880s Pictorial Germantown||$74,750|
|Sioux Child’s Pictorial Beaded Pants||$24,150|
|Navajo Pictorial Rug||$13,800|
|Sioux Pictorial Beaded Coat||$12,650|
|Sioux Beaded Saddle Bags||$9200|
|Northern Plains Pipe Tomahawk||$8050|
On Saturday and Sunday, February 7th & 8th, 2009, the Phoenix Convention Center became the site for an event unlike any in the world — the 19th Annual High Noon Western Americana Show and Auction. Over the course of two days, thousands of those passionate about the American West converged on the Convention Center to shop from over 150 exhibitors who’s offerings spanned 300 years of history from the finest leatherworks, fine art, jewelry, clothing and cowboy and western accoutrement. Sales at the show were brisk throughout the two-day event and dealers were pleased. The High Noon auction had over 700 paddle-ready bidders in the saleroom and over 1,000 more registered online, by phone and by absentee. Over $1.2 million was earned on the 350+ lots sold and, as usual, there were some show stoppers. Among them was the Edward H. Bohlin Diamond Cluster Supreme Saddle which sold for $89,125 and Jack Mitchell’s personal Edward H. Bohlin RV Parade Spurs which sold for well over high estimate for $31,625. Furious and spirited bidding was seen on the wonderful selection of Hollywood Cowboy memorabilia and fine art and Native American offerings were solid across the board.
2009 AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS
|Cowboy, Western & Charro|
|Lot 81||Ernie Marsh (TCA) Elko Star Spurs||$6900|
|Lot 142||Visalia Spurs||$9200|
|Lot 171||Bohlin Cluster Supreme Saddle||$89,125|
|Lot 179||1860s Marcus Stern California Saddle||$34,500|
|Lot 253||Jack Mitchell’s Edward Bohlin RV Spurs||$31,625|
|Lot 254||Jack Mitchell’s RV Belt & Visalia Buckle||$10,925|
|Lot 262||Tom Qualey Ring Bit on Holes' Bridle||$20,125|
|Lot 302||John Cox Canon City Spurs||$19,550|
|Lot 324||Luis B Ortega Santa Ynez Reins||$21,850|
|Lot 213||John Wayne Western Costume Suede Coat||$4600|
|Lot 258||Montie Montana Shirt||$3450|
|Lot 259||Montie Montana Bohlin Gun Rig||$22,425|
|Lot 190||Wieghorst His White Horse||$19,500|
|Lot 193||Edward Borein Cattle Drive||$25,300|
|Lot 247||OC Seltzer Northern Plains Warriors||$16,675|
|Lot 29||Pictorial Hooked Rug||$5175|
|Lot 228||Early Navajo Hubbell Blanket||$11,500|
|Lot 231||Cree Pictorial Beaded Gauntlets||$11,500|