American Indian artifacts focus of Western Americana event

MESA, Ariz. — Next year’s Western Americana Weekend Event, hosted by High Noon Western Americana, will begin a year-long celebration of the powerful cultural and historic influences that the more than 560 American Indian tribes have had on the this country. The event is scheduled for Jan. 29-30, 2011.

Last year’s event brought record sales in both Mesa, Ariz., and New York, fueled by the Roy Rogers Museum sales and the Maximilian saddle. “2010 was an amazing year for the American cowboy,” says Linda Kohn Sherwood, co-owner of High Noon, “but we are ready to take a step back and turn our attention to those peoples who created the backbone of our land.”

To that end, Western Americana Weekend will feature some of the most important American Indian art and artifacts to ever come to market. “It’s through offering these treasures from these powerful nations, that we can do our part to ensure that their legacy is passed on to future generations,” said co-owner Kohn Sherwood.

The High Noon Western Americana Antique Show will begin Jan. 29 at 9 a.m. For two days, more than 150 of the nation’s finest exhibitors featuring the best in historic to contemporary Western Americana will fill the exhibit halls. The richness of the West will be exemplified in the fine selection of antique cowboy, Native American and Vaquero art and artifacts. On the contemporary side, shoppers can peruse original creations from some of the country’s top artisans in leather and silver.

The Jan. 29, 2011, High Noon Western Americana Auction will feature more than 300 lots, including important pieces of the history and heritage of the American Indian. Sioux, Plateau, Kiowa, Cheyenne, Blackfoot and other tribes will be represented. Among the highlights in this category is a Plateau Pony Beaded Dress, circa 1860 in fine condition, estimated to achieve $40,000 to $80,000. Surpassing this estimate will be a Sioux Man’s Beaded Shirt, circa 1880 also in fine condition. A Cheyenne Beaded Baby Carrier, circa 1880, is estimated at $25,000 to $50,000 followed by an enchanting Sioux Quilled Elk Dreamer Dress (estimate $30,000 to $50,000).

American Indian offerings won’t be the only category with extremely important lots. Likely one of the most important collection of bronzes to come to market will also be offered. Works by Joe Beeler, John Coleman, Harry Jackson and Bill Nebeker, among others, will draw national bidding. Coming from Joe Beeler will be his signed bronze on wood base Crazy Horse  expected to achieve $15,000 to $25,000. Keokuk Sac and Fox Chief, a signed bronze in wood base by John Coleman is estimated at $6,000 to $8,000.
Western American fine art offerings will also be exceptional with artist Will James highlighting this category. Entitled “Wild Horses,” this important signed oil on board is estimated to earn $50,000 to $100,000.

Several historic saddles will be offered with three Bohlin saddles at the top of this category. An Edward H. Bohlin Machris Model Parade Saddle is estimated at $35,000 to $60,000 followed by a Taxin model Edward H. Bohlin Parade ensemble expected to achieve $40,000 to $60,000. An Edward H. Bohlin Dick Dickson Jr. Saddle is estimated at $25,000 to $50,000.

Bidding for the auction is available in person, by phone, absentee and live online through For more on the show, the auction, travel information and directions, visit High Noon or call the offices at 310-202-9010. ?

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