Kachina dolls could earn up to $2,500 apiece

SAN FRANCISCO – Bonhams announces it will hold its third annual Arts and Artifacts of the Americas auction Sept. 10 in San Francisco, featuring approximately 500 lots of desirable art and artifacts for a range of collecting levels.

Tubatulabul bottleneck basket

This Tubatulabul bottleneck basket carries a presale estimate of $1,500 to $2,500.
Photo courtesy Bonhams.

From the Robert “Trader Bob” Bayuk collection will come more than 150 lots of Native American art, with a focus on basketry from California, the Southwest and the Northwest, including a Tubatulabul polychrome bottleneck basket (estimate $1,500-$2,500). The collection will also feature Southwest jewelry, Pueblo pottery and a variety of materials from the Plains and Northwest Coast, ranging in estimate from $500 to $2,500.

From the Nancy Sue and Judson C. Ball collection will be more than 40 lots of (mostly Hopi) kachina dolls, ranging in estimate from $500 to $2,500. The Balls avidly collected Hopi and Zuni katsina (variant of kachina) since the 1970s, with Mr. Ball’s interest starting as a child in the 1950s when he visited a Hopi reservation.

Jewelry, too, will be a focal point of the sale, with more than 50 examples available, primarily from the Navajo and Zuni tribes of the Southwest. One such lot will comprise five Navajo or Zuni bracelets ($600-$800).

Wrapping up the Bonham’s sale will be about 50 lots of Pre-Columbian art and artifacts from several private collections, ranging in estimate from $500 to $4,000. A highlight from this section, from western Mexico, is a Jalisco seated couple, Protoclassic period, circa 100 BC-250 AD ($3,000-5,000).

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