Scottsdale Art Auction 2018 Preview
Saturday, April 7, 2018 marks the 14th annual Scottsdale Art Auction. The timing seems perfect for a successful auction as collectors seem optimistic and in the mood to buy. Western Art Week in Great Falls that included The Russell Auction and March in Montana Auction was a successful weekend where a lot of art changed hands, and the Night of Artists show that benefits the Briscoe Museum had a wildly successful event on March 25th. I was interested to see what kind of sale the Scottsdale Art Auction was going to offer after their very successful Leanin Tree Museum Auction that realized $7.4 million in sales. There's no doubt that people wanted a piece of the nostalgia surrounding the Leanin Tree Museum, because the prices were very strong. I hate to say it, but I don't think this is one of Scottsdale's strongest sales. Keep in mind that Scottsdale is coming off a very successful Leanin Tree Auction, and they've set the bar high for themselves because of quality sales in previous years. Don't get me wrong, there are still plenty of great works being offered, but there are also a slew of works that have been to the open market recently, and I think collectors value fresh-to-the-market works.
|Charles M. Russell|