Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ bi-annual Arts of the American West auction will be conducted on November 9 and 10 at the firm’s Denver saleroom. The sale will feature over 700 lots of historic and contemporary Western paintings, bronzes, furniture and decorative objects, Native American arts and artifacts, Pueblo pottery, Navajo textiles and Southwestern jewelry. The sale will include property from the estates of Anthony M. Greene and Steve and Peggy Fossett.
Featured in the auction is a collection of important Native American beadwork from the Beaver Creek, Colorado home of the late Steve and Peggy Fossett. Steve Fossett was a record-setting adventurer and explorer, who is known for his speed and distance as an aviator, sailor and cross-country skier. Mr. Fossett, a part-time Beaver Creek resident, set an Aspen to Vail cross-country skiing record in 1998. Fossett was the first person to complete a solo circumnavigation of the Earth in a hot air balloon and flew the Virgin GlobalFlyer for the longest uninterrupted and unrefueled aircraft flight in history, covering 25,766 miles. He participated in races across many disciplines, including the Iditarod, Ironman and Paris to Dakar Rally. He also swam the English Channel and climbed some of the highest mountains on Earth. Fossett was a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the Explorers Club.
Examples from the Fossett collection include a late 19th century Lakota Sioux Buckskin War Shirt. The shirt was once owned by George Gustave Heye, whose collection was the foundation for what became the Museum of the American Indian (MAI) in New York City. In 1989, the MAI collection was transferred to the Smithsonian Institution for the creation of the National Museum of the American Indian. The Lakota Sioux war shirt carries a presale estimate of $40,000 – 60,000.