Miller’s ‘Beating a Retreat’ may sell for $175,000 during Old West event

Beating a Retreat painting

“Beating a Retreat,” watercolor painting, 1858-1860, Alfred Jacob Miller, measures 9 15/16 t. x 12 1/4″ w. Presale estimate $125,000 – $175,000. (All photos courtesy of Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction)

FORTH WORTH, TX — Collectors and enthusiasts of the American West will take over the Will Rogers Memorial Center, June 10-11.

Celebrating its 28th year (its 3rd annual in Fort Worth), Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction hosts more than 100 dealers of authentic western fine art, collectibles, apparel, jewelry, home design, antique & historic firearms, books, boots, spurs, saddles and other fine merchandise. For those interested in authentic Native American art and collectibles there will be jewelry, baskets, pots, rugs, art and clothing.

Old West Auction Features 400 Lots

The Old West Auction will involve 400 lots of authentic, fine western art and artifacts. Bidding may also be done online, by phone or absentee. Catalogs available for $30 or lots may be viewed online beginning May 22.

Among the notable auction items is an important Alfred Jacob Miller painting commissioned in the 1860’s along with other fine Native American and cowboy artifacts from the collection of Bill & Marilyn Lenox. Lenox was a Dallas, philanthropist, entrepreneur and owner of Bob’s Steak and Chop House.

Iconic Paintings May Set Bidding Pace

Painting of a cowboy on horseback braving the elements, Olaf Wieghorst, 20th century.

Auction owner, Brian Lebel, is excited to offer the Alfred Jacob Miller piece. The painting carries an estimate of $125,000 to $175,000 into the sale. “I was taken with it the very first time I saw it,” he says. “But then when I started to research it and I saw how and where it fit into his catalogue raisonne – how detailed and colorful and complete it was – I realized that it was an important piece too. But mostly, I just love looking at it.”

Additional featured auction items include a fine Olaf Wieghorst painting. As well as Hollywood cowboy memorabilia from the Estate of record producer and Texas native Snuff Garrett. In addition, fine buckles and accessories from the collection of Harry Hudson owner of Two Moons Trading Company, in Dallas, are expected.

Book Signing Caps Agenda

In addition, the book “Lakota Performers in Europe: Their Culture and the Artifacts They Left Behind”, will make its debut at the show. Friesen, Director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave near Denver, Colorado, narrates the Lakota families’ experiences participating in the 1935 Brussels International Exhibition. In the process, he also tells the tale of collector François Chladiuk, who acquired the Lakota artifacts in 2004. Chladiuk, owner of the Western Shop in Brussels, Belgium, will also meet guests, sign books and share his story.

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