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Mesa, AZ — For two days, thousands of collectors and lovers of the American West gathered from across the country at the Mesa Convention Center for the spectacular 24th Annual High Noon Western Americana Show and Auction. The event was held January 25-26, 2014.
The High Noon Antiques and Western Americana Show was filled to capacity from start to finish with robust buying reported from the over 200 dealers who exhibited.
The centerpiece of the weekend, as always, was the amazing High Noon Western Americana Auction that was held Saturday evening, January 25th, at the adjacent Marriott Mesa Hotel Ballroom. There was barely an empty seat in the house with over 1,000 floor bidders waiting to raise their bid cards for the chance to win one of the 329 exceptional lots of Western Americana art, artifacts, Cowboy and memorabilia from the silver screen — and what an exciting night it was with several astonishing surprises.
The key lot of the sale was Lot 231, The Lady Yule Visalia Saddle from Gleannloch Farms. An absolute triumph in functional art, this 1930s masterpiece in tooled leather from the Visalia Stock Saddle Company, also featured exquisitely engraved sterling silver by Schaezlein of San Francisco. The saddle ensemble included a fully matching bridle and dazzling breast collar. The provenance was equally rich as this saddle was made for Lady Ann Yule, considered to be the wealthiest woman in the world at the time.
This saddle came to the sale with an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000. Bidding on this lot opened at $30,000 but furious bidding from the floor, phones and Internet quickly escalated the final sale price to $141,600 – over $50,000 over high estimate.
The entire evening seemed to be full of “over estimate” surprises. A very exciting sale was had on a pair of Jesus Tapia Spurs (lot 279). Considered to be the Holy Grail of California Spurs, this circa 1920 pair came to auction with an estimate of $30,000 to $40,000. Bidding opened at $25,000 but the phones, floor and Internet went wild and drove the final sale price to almost four times high estimate for an astounding $153,400.
And, proving once again, that cowboys of the silver screen of years past are still worth their “weight in gold,” Lot 179, the Colt .45 used by James Arness in his iconic role as Sheriff Matt Dillon on TV’s Gunsmoke, sold for $59,000, over five times its high estimate. Larry Hagman’s legacy to the sale (Lot 8) was his personal custom-made Edward H. Bohlin hand-tooled briefcase that toppled its high estimate of $11,000 selling for $20,060. And an important pair of Tom Mix’s personal California batwing chaps, (Lot 237) estimated to sell for $16,000 on the high side, sold for almost double at $29,500.
In fine art, it was CAA Frank McCarthy’s oil on board titled (Lot 214) “Where the Rocks Meet,” which drew a bidding frenzy achieving a well-over estimate price of $29,500.
And Native American commanded significant results as well with Lot 205, a Northern Plains Pipe Tomahawk achieving $26,050 against its $12,000 high estimate and Lot 211, a stunning Navajo sand painting rug, sold for $22,420, well over its $15,000 high estimate.
It was truly an amazing and exciting weekend for shoppers, collectors, buyers, bidders and sellers alike reminding us that the richness of our Western Americana heritage and its future is vibrantly alive and kickin’!
Once each year, High Noon brings together over 150 of the nation’s finest dealers featuring fine art, furnishings, Cowboy and Native American works creating the most spectacular assemblage of our Western Heritage in one place for two days. On January 25 and 26, 2014, Mesa, AZ will be the place where the best of the best will come together captivating all those who attend with a journey back in time to the Old West.
Record-setting and spectacular, the High Noon Western Americana Auction is the most important event of its kind in the world. Each year, over 300 carefully selected pieces of Western history, fine art, works by master craftsmen both historic and contemporary, national collections and a wealth of Hollywood memorabilia take center stage for one amazing evening. The saleroom is filled and bidders from around the world vying for a chance to own one or more of these important pieces. On January 25, 2014, Mesa, AZ will be the site for this internationally renowned event!
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