The May 6 and 7 Arts of the American West auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers drew hundreds of collectors and dealers to the auction firm’s Denver saleroom, with hundreds more participating globally online. The sale had a 93% sale-through rate, showing impressive interest in the category, especially for jewelry, American Indian artifacts and contemporary western art. The auction realized over $850,000.
Hopi jewelry by designer Charles Loloma sold particularly well. Three of the sale’s tops lots were Loloma pieces from the Estate of Betty Melaver. The highlight of the collection was a Hopi gold, turquoise, coral, sugilite bracelet, which sold for $48,750 following intense bidding in the room, on the phone and online. It was estimated at $25,000 – 35,000. Additionally, a Hopi 18 karat gold, turquoise and coral pendant sold for $13,750, well above its $6,000 – $8,000 pre-sale estimate, and a Hopi silver, turquoise, lapis and multi-gem bracelet sold for $12,500. Lastly, a Charles Loloma Hopi 18 karat gold and multi-gem ring sold above estimate at $5,250.