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Monday, May 13, 2013

Sotheby’s Launches Sale of Arts of the American West

On 22 May 2013 in New York Sotheby’s will hold the inaugural sale of Arts of the American West, celebrating the history and visual culture of the American West. The sale will showcase the best examples of American Indian artistic traditions as well as Western paintings and works on paper spanning 2000 years of these cultural and aesthetic traditions. Among the exciting discoveries in the sale is the The Bowstring Warrior Society Ledger - the earliest recorded piece of Native American pictographic art on paper (est. $30/50,000). Other highlights include the Dwight Lanmon Collection of Historic Pueblo Pottery, A Crow Beaded Hide Man’s War Shirt, a Portrait of Big Buffalo, A Chippewa by Charles Bird King, and Joseph Henry Sharp’s The War Bonnet. Overall the sale is estimated to fetch $4.2/6 million.

David Roche, Senior Consultant in Sotheby’s American Indian Art Department said: “The American West has been a deep source of inspiration for an astonishing variety of artists over the centuries and equally a source of inspiration for collectors who respond to its spirit and unique character. We are delighted to bring these diverse artistic traditions together as a single auction.”

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