Scottsdale Art Auction Breaks One Hundred Million Dollars In A Decade
Scottsdale Art Auction set numerous records for living and deceased Western masters at its tenth annual auction of paintings and sculpture on Saturday, April 5th. Frederic Remington’s The Thermometer from Ten to Thirty-Three Degrees Below Zero, oil, (estimate: $500,000 - $700,000) was the top lot of the day, selling for $920,000. A small, but exquisite 1899 Charles M. Russell watercolor, Nobleman of the Plains, (estimate: $175,000 - $225,000) fetched $241,000.
The contemporary market was exceptionally strong. Four paintings by Howard Terpning hammered down for $1,552,500 and Martin Grelle set a new world auction record when his Dust in the Distance, a 48 by 64 inch oil, (estimate: $200,000 - $300,000) sold for $575,000. Five other Grelle oils brought the grand total for the Cowboy Artist of America leader to $998,200.
Cowboy Artists of America founders, George Phippen, Johnny Hampton, Charlie Dye and Joe Beeler were all represented in the sale. Beeler set a new world auction record when his 30 by 54 inch oil, Spellbound, sold for $69,000.
The crowd of almost 500 bidders was stunned when a 40 year old artist from Texas, Kyle Polzin, took the block with a 74 by 30 inch oil entitled Mystic Warrior, (estimate: $30,000 - $40,000). After a flurry of bids in the room gave way to a telephone bank of seven bidders and internet bidders (through icollector and proxibid) there was a hush as auctioneer Jason Brooks carefully guided bids to a final total of $287,500. A second Polzin, titled Favorite Pastime, (estimate: $8,000 - $12,000) brought $74,750.
Seven oils by Contemporary wildlife master Ken Carlson sold for a total of $272,550, leading a strong field of wildlife and sporting artists, including Bob Kuhn, Luke Frazier, Tucker Smith and Dan Metz. Shine Smith’s Christmas Party, an unusual Native American subject for nationally acclaimed sporting art painter Robert Abbett, set a new auction record when it sold for $36,800.
G. Harvey and Clark Hulings, consistent leaders at the Scottsdale Art Auction, were also well represented. Nine G. Harvey oil paintings sold for a total of $512,900 and a rare 12 by 12 inch oil by Clark Hulings, entitled Mule Cart with Red Pitcher, (estimate: $20,000 - $25,000) brought $37,375. Also of note, the American still-life master David Leffel, set a new auction record when his 18 by 22 inch oil, Anasazi Vase with Mayan Plate & Chinese Lanterns, (estimate: $35,000 - $55,000) sold for $69,000.
At the end of the two-session sale, 91% of all lots had sold for a total of $12,600,000. Scottsdale Art Auction totals for ten years exceeded $100,000,000.