The Coeur dAlene Art Auction
set the standard for the Western Art market with its $ 21 million sale, which featured numerous world records. Works by Howard Terpning and Maynard Dixon led the way, as the Coeur dAlene Art Auction set world records for both artists. Terpnings Paper That Talks Two Ways The Treaty Signing (2008) a painting that had been in the artists family collection sold for $ 2,360,000, becoming the first work by the artist to eclipse two-million dollars. Dixons The Pony Boy perhaps one of the most-significant works by the famed artist sold for $ 2,130,000. Other exemplary results include Gerard Curtis Delanos Evening ($ 786,500); William Herbert Duntons A Race for the Chuckwagon ($ 786,500) and Two Braves ($ 574,750); Henry Farnys The Trail Over the Pass ($ 665,650); and Edward Hoppers Shoshone Cliffs, Wyoming ($ 574,750). The largest single-auction event in the Western and American Art field saw 37 lots eclipse the $ 100,000 price point, realizing a sales rate of over 92% for the 324-lot sale in front of a packed house on July 15.
In addition to the world record established by Paper That Talks Two Ways The Treaty Signing, three other Terpning paintings sold for six figures: Traveling in Good Company ($ 326,700); Time Stood Still ($ 242,000); and Searching the Mountains ($ 163,350).
The Dixon market showed strength, as bidding for The Pony Boy created a palpable tension in the crowd, thrilling spectators while setting a world record. Migration, No. 2 ($ 229,900), Thunder Over Shiprock ($ 121,000), and Signs of Autumn ($ 114,950) all represent some of the strongest prices achieved by Dixon in recent years.
The Philip R. Goodwin market continues to bring high prices at the Coeur dAlene Art Auction, as Blazing the Trail led the way, establishing the second-highest total ever for the American painter and illustrator a price that only trails last years world record established at the Coeur dAlene Art Auction (Between the Devil and the Deep
Blue Sea $ 968,000). Additionally, The Law of the Wilderness, a scene portraying a budding conflict between a trio of bears and two hunters, sold for $ 242,000; and A Dangerous Moment, a 24 × 33 inch oil, brought $ 205,7000. Overall, Goodwin paintings rendered over $ 1.1 million in sales at the Auction.
Gerard Curtis Delanos Evening, one of the famed Southwestern artists best works, sold for $ 786,500, a sum that represents the second-highest mark at auction for master of Western landscapes and Navajo scenes. In total, the Coeur dAlene Art Auction brought nearly $ 900,000 in Delano sales during Saturdays auction.
Duntons A Race for the Chuckwagon grabbed the presale headlines, but the Coeur dAlene Art Auction continues its run of success with the Taos Society of Artists founder, as Two Braves a 39 × 26 inch oil exceeded its high estimate of $ 500,000, selling for $ 574,750. Overall, Dunton sales totaled over $ 1.4 million.
Paintings by another Taos Society founder, Oscar Berninghaus, showed well at this years sale. The Advance Scouts, a painting featuring two riders a staple in early Berninghaus works realized $ 217,800. Breaking Camp, a 16 × 20 inch oil that had been in the same family for nearly 100 years, sold for $ 108,900.
Sticking with the Taos Society theme, Eanger Irving Couses sales were strong, as four works collectively brought close to $ 350,000 in total sales. Couse often portrayed the peaceful and idyllic side of Native American life, and two paintings capturing that essence soared past the $ 100,000 mark: The Moccasin Maker $ 169,400; and The Butterfly $ 108,900.
Two paintings by Earnest Martin Hennings another famed Taos Society Artist eclipsed the six-figure threshold. Riders in the Taos Foothills, a dynamic painting that speaks to Hennings style, garnered $ 242,000. Two Indian Riders, a striking 20 × 24 inch oil, brought $ 157,300.
The Coeur dAlene Art Auction mainstay Charles Russell continued to bring strong results at the Western Art markets pinnacle sale. Pablo Buffalo Hunt, a painting depicting a quintessential experience from the artists life, sold for $ 302,500. Natures Cattle, a five-inch bronze, sold for $ 278,300. Overall, works by Montanas favorite son grossed nearly $ 800,000.
Other notable highs include Henry Farnys The Trail Over the Pass ($ 665,650), which represent the second- highest total in the last 15 years for the artist who captured the raw spirit of the West. Thomas Morans The Rock of Acoma, New Mexico a stunning 14 × 20 inch watercolor fetched $ 423,500, which represents the highest sum for a Moran watercolor in the last seven years. Two Mark Maggiori paintings raced past their respective high estimates: Morning Above the Canyon sold for $ 332,750 against a $ 40,000 60,000 presale estimate; and Night Chase sold for $ 78,650 against a $ 8,000 12,000 presale estimate. W. H. D. Koerners The Rustlers sold for $ 229,900 an amount not seen for the German artist in over 25 years, just falling short of his world record. The Coeur dAlene Art Auction set a world record for popular wildlife artist David Shepherd, as Evening in the Luangwa brought $ 193,600. Another world record was set when Nick Eggenhofers Custers Last Stand sold for $ 96,800.
The Coeur dAlene Art Auction has specialized in the finest classical Western and American Art since 1985. The auction principals have over 100 years of collective experience in the field, and have netted their clients over $ 400 million in the last twenty years alone.