Arts of the American West to Include Museum Collection  

Arts of the American West to Include Museum Collection

Arts of the American West Auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Will Include Museum Collection to Kick off 2017 Season in Denver


The May 6 – 7 Arts of the American West auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will feature American Indian art and artifacts. The sale kicks off the 2017 auction season for the firm’s Denver location. Representing the artistic works of indigenous tribes from across North America, the sale includes objects from the Northeastern and Southeastern Woodlands, the Plains, the Southwest, the Great Basin region, California and from the coastal tribes of the Pacific Northwest.


Highlights of the sale include an extensive collection of basketry, pueblo pottery, beadwork, Navajo textiles, as well as Southwestern jewelry from various consignors. In addition to property from mixed consignments, the sale will offer a group of lots from an important museum collection.


The sale will also include Western paintings, bronzes, rustic Western style furnishings, decorative objects, cowboy apparel and Edward H. Bohlin gold and silver belts, buckles and ranger sets.


Included in the sale is property being sold to benefit the acquisition fund of the Denver Art Museum. This group of property will be offered in various sales throughout 2017, including the May 6 – 7 Arts of the American West auction conducted by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Denver.

For more than 120 years, the Denver Art Museum has stood as a beacon for art and culture in the Rocky Mountain West. The museum’s collections – including African art; American Indian art; Architecture, Design and Graphics; Asian art; Modern and Contemporary art; Painting and Sculpture; Photography; Oceanic art; Pre-Columbian art; Spanish Colonial art; Textile art and Fashion and Western American art– span human experience, highlighting creativity in all its forms.

As an unmatched cultural and creative resource for the seven-state Rocky Mountain region, the Denver Art Museum is committed to the continual refinement and enhancement of its collections, making them accessible, preserving them for future generations, and building on a national reputation for leadership and excellence in collection management and conservation.

American Indian highlights from the Denver Art Museum include a Jicarilla Apache War Shirt and Leggings with a presale estimate of $6,000 – 8,000, a Lakota pictorial beaded vest from the late 19th – early 20th century estimated at $5,000 – 7,000 and a Western Apache pictorial basket with a presale estimate of $4,000 – 6,000. A Kwakwaka’wakw painted wood mask will be offered with an estimate of $10,000 – 15,000 as well as a Navajo Serape revival rug, circa 1903, estimated at $6,000 – 8,000.


Western Art highlights from the museum’s collection include Charles Berninghaus’ Winter Along the Lower Ranchito Taos Pueblo River, estimated at $5,000 – 7,000, and his Aspens in Hondo Canyon, estimated at $3,000 – 4,000.


Highlights from the mixed consignment portion of the sale include Howard Post’s Canyon Road with a presale estimate of $5,000 – 7,000 and Gary Niblett’s San Geronimo Feast Day, estimated at $10,000 – 15,000. Also included in the sale will be several estate collections such as Property from the Estate of Betty Melaver, Savannah, Georgia that includes a Hopi gold, turquoise, coral and sugilite bracelet estimated at $25,000 – 35,000. A collection of Native American beadwork, textiles and exclusive western accessories from a private collection in Longmont, Colorado will be offered and includes a Navajo late classic third phase variant chief’s shoulder blanket estimated at $6,000 – 8,000.


The May 6 – 7 Arts of the American West preview will be held in Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Denver showroom located at 960 Cherokee Street. The catalogue will be available online at in April.

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