2016 Western Art Auction Guide



It's hard to believe that I've been in the Western art industry for 10 years!  I've seen a lot in those ten years, but a few things that stand out to me are how many more auctions there are today compared to ten years ago, and the impact of having information at our fingertips.  Collectors are more savvy than ever, and the days of dealers purchasing rare works and selling them at exorbitant mark ups is all but over.  It's as easy as whipping out your phone to find out what works by specific artists go for, and to gauge the market for deceased artists.  That's why I take the approach of education, where if you know as much as me, then you understand why a painting is priced the way it is.  In the American Western art market, specialized auctions play a huge role in the acquisition and liquidation of Western and wildlife art.  Not all auctions are created equal, so consider all your options if you're considering selling.  Here is a breakdown of the major Western art auctions for 2016, so you can plan your travels accordingly, and if you can't make it to a sale, contact me and I am happy to represent you in bidding, inspection, and research for works you may be interested in adding to your collection. Stay tuned, because I'll be following this up with the Museum calendar of events.  I hope to see you on the Western art trail!

Brian Lebel's Old West Events
January 23, 2016  ~  Mesa, Arizona
www.oldwestevents.com

The Russell:  An Exhibition & Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum
March 17-19, 2016  ~  Great Falls, Montana
www.cmrussell.org/the-russell

March in Montana:  Presented by Manitou Galleries & The Coeur d'Alene Art Auction
March 17-19, 2016  ~  Great Falls, Montana
www.marchinmontana.com

Altermann Auctions
March 31 & April 1, 2016  ~  Scottsdale, Arizona
August 12-13, 2016  ~  Santa Fe, New Mexico
November 13, 2016  ~  Santa Fe, New Mexico
www.altermann.com

Scottsdale Art Auction
April 2, 2016  ~  Scottsdale, Arizona
www.scottsdaleartauction.com

Bonhams: California & Western Paintings/Sculpture Auction
April 12, 2016  ~  Los Angeles, CA
www.bonhams.com

Fredericksburg Art Auction
April 30, 2016  ~  Fredericksburg, Texas
www.fredericksburgartauction.com

Heritage Auctions:  American Art Signature Auction
May 7, 2016  ~  Dallas, Texas
www.ha.com

Coeur d'Alene Art Auction
July 23, 2016  ~  Reno, Nevada
www.cdaartauction.com

Jackson Hole Art Auction
September 16-17, 2016  ~  Jackson Hole, Wyoming
www.jacksonholeartauction.com

Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale
September 23-24, 2016  ~  Cody, Wyoming
www.buffalobillartshow.com

Great American West Auction
October 29, 2016  ~  Grapevine, Texas
www.greatamericanwestauction.com

Santa Fe Art Auction
Fall 2016 - Date to be Announced  ~  Santa Fe, New Mexico
www.santafeartauction.com

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