The November 9 and 10 Arts of the American West auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers was conducted to a standing room only crowd in the Denver saleroom. The sell-through rate and a number of high prices realized led to a sale total over $1.3M, marking the highest grossing auction in firm history for the Denver office.
“The energy of the saleroom was palpable,” said Maron Hindman, VP West and Southwest. “We were happy to see a crowd gather to bid at the auction in-person, contributing to a record sale for the department.”
The top selling lot of the sale was Frederic Remington’s The Rattlesnake, which realized $225,000, surpassing its presale estimate of $100,000 – $200,000. The iconic bronze sculpture, portraying a cowboy and his startled horse, was initially competitive due to a number of aggressive absentee bids that kicked-off bidding. Phone bidders excelerated the bidding, eventually selling over the phone to a gallery in New York. The Rattlesnake #69 holds particular significance because it was the first of Remington’s bronzes to be cast at his favorite foundry, Roman Bronze Works. Additionally, the piece depicts a variation of the same subject matter as Remington’s most popular sculpture, The Bronco Buster.