Auction Block

Going, going, gone... The hottest and highest art sales and auctions


Auction Block: A Good Year

February | March 2012       Written By WA&A Staff      

Cinching up 2011 on an upsurge, auctions and sales that specialize in American and Western art posted strong results in the last quarter. Specifically, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, as international sources in…

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Auction Block: Investing in the West

June | July 2016       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

A range of prices helped steady sales for Western art works at several auctions this spring. It comes at a time when oil prices continue to fluctuate, causing the base…

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Auction Block: Closing Strong

Fall | Winter 2011      

Rounding out the quarter on an upswing, the Western art market revealed solid signs of healthy recovery. Finer works by deceased and contemporary artists offered at the Coeur d’Alene Art…

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Auction Block: Of the Classics

October | November 2017       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

The cowboy, that known legendary and lone figure who rides the winding river canyons and rocky peaks of the Western U.S., and the region’s near-mystic mountain landscapes gained favor among…

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Auction Block: Taking Flight

August | September 2015      

A simple way to capture the trend in the Western art market is to say the best just keeps getting better. Auction houses and events in May and June reported…

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Auction Block: Keeping with Tradition

June | July 2017       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

At a time when auction houses and gallerists are reporting a modest uptick in the number of new collectors, auctions in March and April showed solid returns for both nostalgic…

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Auction Block: Setting the Pace

February | March 2014       Written By WA&A Staff      

The nation’s largest auction houses rounded out the art year in December, with exciting results that will undoubtedly set the pace for 2014. Big-name artists — Norman Rockwell, Edward Hopper, Georgia…

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Auction Block: Of Collections and Collectors

December 2016 | January 2017       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

Auctions and shows featuring Western and American paintings from the collections of well-known art aficionados saw strong sales for pieces that best characterized the work of a particular artist. For…

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Auction Block: Supporting the Arts

Spring | Summer 2009      

While news of the world art market spiraled down, down, down, in the first quarter of the year, Western and American art venues dipped only slightly. In March reports of…

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Auction Block: Summer Sweep

October | November 2014       Written By WA&A Staff      

The big news of the summer art season happened at the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction (CDAA) in July. Topping $30 million in sales for the second year in a row, CDAA…

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Auction Block: Collector’s Choice

August | September 2012       Written By Aimee White Beazley      

Launching the summer season, regional museum events and focused auctions posted healthy sales and signaled a market that is ripe for the collector’s choice. The lagging economy still seems to be…

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Auction Block: Spring Highlights

June | July 2012       Written By WA&A Staff      

With major auction houses, Sotheby’s and Christie’s, launching an impressive spring auction season in May, niche auctions throughout the West follow suit with strong sales. While historic Modern masters ranging…

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Auction Block: Success in the New Economy

Fall | Winter 2010      

Far, far away in what seems a mythical kingdom, Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction houses report “robust” record-breaking sales on overall auction totals for the domestic and international markets. Christie’s CEO…

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Auction Block: Fickled Findings

February | March 2013       Written By WA&A Staff      

The final quarter results of art sales and auctions in 2012 proved to be tricky indicators of art-market momentum. While top houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s annual fall American Art sales reported…

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Auction Block: Of Wild Spaces and Untamed Places

April | May 2016       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

A resurgent interest in the American West may be bolstered by such popular culture fare as the film “The Revenant,” showcasing Western wildness, and the stunning  pictorial promotions of famed…

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Auction Block: Enthusiastic Market

Spring | Summer 2011      

If Western Art Week in Great Falls, Montana, is any indicator of the tempo in the current art market, then it’s going to be a good year. From a sales…

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Auction Block: Breaking Records

Winter | Spring 2008      

With the national results of the fall art auction season in, the buzz is that the fabled art world bubble-burst is nowhere on the horizon. A record-breaking sum of $1.75…

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Auction Block: Steady Market

Fall | Winter 2008      

Despite speculation that the extreme economic downturn would hurt art sales in general, so far, interest in Western art, both historic and contemporary, is holding strong. As an industry frontrunner…

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Auction Block: Gathering Sales

June | July 2014       Written By WA&A Staff      

Spring art season out West leans toward the traditional Western genre, gathering the best works from masters such as Remington and Russell to celebrate the legacy of American icons. Specifically,…

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Auction Block: Taking Flight

August | September 2016       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

In an ideal world, politics and art shouldn’t mix. But in reality they do, sometimes in a cacophony of controversy or commentary about subject matter, and occasionally because the affairs…

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Auction Block: Adjusting Our Expectations

Fall | Winter 2009      

Wrapping up the summer art season, a sense of calm and readjustment seems to have settled over the art world. That’s not a bad thing. It’s just that from halting…

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Auction Block: Modern Appeal

February | March 2015       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

Select Western and American art auctions in the final weeks of 2014 delivered a welcome message to auction houses, collectors and consigners: The market has shrugged off the residual sluggishness tied…

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Auction Block: Trending Upward

June | July 2015       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

It is a widely held sentiment in the Western art world that great works of art by great artists will invariably attract crowds of collectors who will bid early and often.…

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Auction Block: In Like a Lion

June | July 2013       Written By WA&A Staff      

The spring auction and art sale season launched with some record numbers and eclectic offerings on both coasts. The big auction houses held steady, while smaller venues, such as the Scottsdale…

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Auction Block: Going, going, gone

August | September 2017       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

Sales of American and Western art hit new highs this spring at Sotheby’s and Christie’s, sending ripples of excitement through the market and a sense that the best is yet…

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Auction Block: A Hopeful Note

Winter | Spring 2010      

Hedging on a small rally of more confident art buyers, the 2009 fall art season ended on a hopeful note, as overall sales at major auctions increased slightly. Galleries and…

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Auction Block: Growing Strong

December 2014 | January 2015       Written By WA&A Staff      

Fall art season in the West means museum events and a focus on exciting works from some of the best artists working today. Destination events such as the Eiteljorg’s Quest for…

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Auction Block: Art Recovery

August | September 2013       Written By WA&A Staff      

With the U.S. economy continuing toward gradual recovery, so too does the art world. Little by little, and sometimes in big bursts, it seems that there is a strong future for…

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Auction Block: On the Level

December 2015 | January 2016       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

Shows and sales showed stability in the last quarter of 2015 despite a few jitters tied to falling oil prices and signs of uncertainty around the global economy. The principle…

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Auction Block: On the Upswing

April | May 2017       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

An election year that brought more twists and turns than a tale by Edgar Allan Poe, the master of mystery, had to some degree cooled sales of art. In the…

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Auction Block: Holding Strong

Spring | Summer 2008      

C.M. Russell Auction | March 12 – 16, 2008 The 40th Annual C.M. Russell Auction eclipsed last year’s record $2.4 million weekend with an unofficial total of just about $3…

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Auction Block: ´┐╝Positive Energy

December 2012 | January 2013       Written By WA&A Staff      

With a presidential campaign, Election Day and a tragic national disaster on the East Coast overshadowing much of daily life, the fall art season seemed to be a welcome distraction for…

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Auction Block: In the Footsteps of Giants

October | November 2016       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

By anyone’s measure, Frederic Remington and Charles Russell stand as towering figures who brought to the fore the genre that is celebrated today as Western art. Yet, many unsung masters…

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Auction Block: Quality Market

April | May 2012       Written By WA&A Staff      

While auction prices soar in the Asian and European markets abroad, Contemporary art sales were highlights of many an auction since the fourth quarter in 2011. Auction house strongholds Christie’s and…

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Auction Block: Autumn’s Scenic Art Venues

December 2013 | January 2014       Written By WA&A Staff      

For collectors the autumn art season was an opportunity to travel to some of the most scenic venues, rather than scrabbling to be the highest bidder at high-profile events. It’s…

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Auction Block: Gathering Strength

Summer | Fall 2010      

While skeptics doubt the nation’s economic recovery and worldwide news headlines continue to report financial struggle, the art world shows signs of positive growth. Credit it to a love of…

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Auction Block: Steady Beginnings

April | May 2013       Written By WA&A Staff      

Easing into 2013, the art market began with a steady opening season and emotionally enriching events. The iconic Coors Western Art Show drew collectors from throughout the West to celebrate the…

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Auction Block: Drawing on Nostalgia

February | March 2016       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

Auction houses in the waning weeks of 2015 reported a mix of highs and a few lows, the latter tied to such factors as the decline in oil prices and…

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Auction Block: Hammering Down

Summer | Fall 2008       Written By Seabring Davis      

Christie’s and Sotheby’s Set the Pace | May 22, 2008 This spring the Western art world buzzed with anticipation over the high-profile group of American paintings and sculpture up for…

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Auction Block: Peak Season

October | November 2013       Written By WA&A Staff      

With Western art market events peaking in July and August, from visitors at Indian Market in Santa Fe to collectors vying for original masterpieces at the annual Coeur d’Alene Art Auction…

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Auction Block: Reality Check

Winter | Spring 2009      

In December 2008, economists announced that the United States was officially in a recession. The news sent the stock market plummeting once again. Amidst this financial turmoil, the fine art…

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Auction Block: Better Bidding

Summer | Fall 2011      

If the Western art world could be defined by one style of dance, it would be the Jitterbug. Think of something with a quick tempo. Get ready for some moves…

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Auction Block: Holding Strong

Premiere Issue      

26th Annual Buffalo Bill Art Show & Sale | September 21 – 22, 2007 With longtime U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson and his wife, Ann, presiding as charismatic co-chairs, award-winning…

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Auction Block: Keeping the Faith

Summer | Fall 2009      

While the tenor of art sales worldwide has shifted from explosive to steady over the course of the year, significant works continue to boost the scene and selective collectors continue…

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Auction Block: Upbeat Tempo

August | September 2014      

Driving an upswell of sales at large auction houses, premier works from Sotheby’s and Christie’s continue to build the foundation for a healthier fine art market. At Christie’s American Art Sale…

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Auction Block: Western Outlook

December 2017 | January 2018       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

In a year that brought social, economic and environmental changes on a grand scale, the range of prices for Western and wildlife art should prompt barely a murmur. Neither the…

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Auction Block: Achieving Balance

April | May 2015       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

The first quarter of 2015 showed modest but steady gains for the Western art market despite concerns that buyers whose fortunes rely on the energy industry might be hesitant to make…

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Auction Block: Optimistic Outlook

Winter | Spring 2011      

The art world finished on an upswing in the fall and winter of 2010, with landmark sales from Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Bonhams’ auction houses breaking ground with soaring sales totals…

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Auction Block: Western Wonders

October | November 2015       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

Sales of Western paintings and sculptures and Native American handiwork in the last quarter of 2015 continued to show strength and the kind of stability absent amid the peaks that…

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Auction Block: America, America

February | March 2017       Written By Laura Zuckerman      

Sales of Western art tied to nostalgia fared well in the last months of 2016, with art that once graced the covers of the Saturday Evening Post commanding handsome sums…

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Auction Block: Dynamic Development

April | May 2014      

Hoping to keep the soaring results of 2013 rolling into this year, art dealers and collectors showed en force at early-season events throughout the West. The Coors Western Art Show and…

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Auction Block: Collector’s Choice

October | November 2012       Written By WA&A Staff      

This summer art events proved to be destination attractions. Experienced collectors and emerging art lovers traveled from far and wide to attend auctions, sales, festivals, quick draws and fundraisers around the…

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Auction Block: Against All Odds

Spring | Summer 2010      

At the grand finale of the C.M. Russell Museum’s benefit sale recently, executive director Daryl Beauchamp kicked off the live auction with this rallying call: “Let’s sell some art!” Simple…

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