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Sioux Boy's pictorial beaded shirt realizes $75,000 in American Indian & Pre-Columbian Art Auction
Amassed from 1930-1960, collection includes Sioux Boy's Pictorial Beaded Shirt with ties to Custer's Battle at Little Big Horn, est. $30,000+, and a Pair of Beaded Southeast Hide Moccasins, est. $20,000+.
DALLAS, TX.- Sewn with sinew and decorated with turtles, hourglass motifs, and small crosses, a rare Sioux Boy's Pictorial Beaded Hide Shirt sold for $75,000 to lead Heritage Auctions' $1+ million offering of American Indian and Pre-Colombian Art Nov. 15 in Dallas. The shirt appeared at auction from the long-forgotten collection of Valentine Pasvolsky, an U.S. Army sergeant, numismatist, and former owner of The Indian Village Museum & Trading Post of Lakewood, N.J.

"It was a delight to 'rediscover' this collection and assist the family in making it available for a new generation of collectors," said Delia E. Sullivan, Senior Specialist of American Indian Art at Heritage. "This is a deep collection and we will be offering more selections, as well as an important group of Pre-Columbian Art, in our May 16 auction in Dallas."

Pasvolsky collected primarily between the 1930s and 1970s. His collection includes rarities from across North America, such as a pair of Southeast Beaded Hide Moccasins, circa 1830, which sold for $12,500; a Plateau Beaded Hide Cradleboard, which ended at $10,000; and a Sioux Pictorial Beaded Hide Vest, depicting a pair of men on horses, which brought $9,375. An Arapaho Painted Model Shield, circa 1875, painted in blue, red, yellow, and black pigments, took $9,375, triple its estimate. A rare Crow Painted Parfleche Medicine Case, circa 1880, also brought $9,375.

The auction offered some of the most important early examples of American Indian Art ever offered by Heritage, including an Eastern Woodlands Carved Wood Belt Cup, circa 1760, which sold to a New England bidder for $37,500. Carved from a maple burl, the relief decoration shows two beavers, a sailing ship with anchor, and two flintlock guns. A Prairie Grizzly Bear Claw Necklace, circa 1835, composed of 22 claws strung on hide and wrapped in woven cloth and interspersed with glass beads changed hands for $20,000.

A Navajo Silver Concho Belt, circa 1880, accompanied by a letter of provenance tying it to the estate of Joseph Henry Sharp, a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists, sold for $15,000. Depicting the broad face of an American bison, a Pueblo Painted Hide Dance Shield, circa 1880, fetched $12,500.

Leading a strong group of Pre-Columbian Art, a large Veraguas Gold Eagle Pendant, circa 900-1200 A.D., realized $11,250. A large Nicoya Jaguar Vessel in very good condition, circa 400-900 A.D., ended at $9,375 and a pair of Jalisco "Thinkers," circa 200 B.C. — 200 A.D., realized $7,500. A large Maya Chama Vessel decorated with an image of royalty, circa 600-800 A.D., brought four times its estimate to close at $6,875.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

• A Cheyenne Beaded Hide Female Doll, circa 1890. Realized: $10,625.

• A large Santo Domingo or Cochiti Polychrome Storage Jar, circa 1875. Realized: $8,125.

• A Set of 11 Platinum Prints of American Indians by Frank A. Rinehart, circa 1898-1900. Realized: $7,500.

• A Great Lakes Pipe Tomahawk, circa 1760. Realized: $5,937.

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