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Antiques and the Arts Weekly - October 16, 2015

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Western Art Fetches $6.5 Million At Jackson Hole Art Auction

JACKSON,WYO.— The ninth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction on September 18–19, hosted by Trailside Galleries and the Gerald Peters Gallery, attained $6.5 million in sales, established 18 new artist world auction records and resulted in an 81 percent sell-through rate of the 304 lots on offer.

Among the auction records were “Four American Visionaries” by Jenness Cortez, which realized $128,700. Both days of the sale saw enthusiastic bidding across a variety of genres, strong floor attendance and robust remote bidding.

The cover lot, Albert Bierstadt’s “Wind River Range, Wyoming,” fetched $800,000. Additional top sales included Carl Rungius’s “Grizzly Bear” at $269,100 and G. Harvey’s “Hope of the Confederacy” for $263,250. Howard Terpning’s “Good Medicine” realized $228,150, while Martin Grelle’s dramatic “White Water Passage,” created specifically for this auction garnered $157,590.

Richard Schmid’s “Olympic House” brought $111,150 and Jackson Hole Art Auction continues to hold the world record price for Richard Schmid.

Wildlife offerings, a staple of Jackson Hole Art Auctions, also yielded healthy results: Bob Kuhn’s “Cheetahs on a Termite Hill” went for $204,750 and “Winter Browse-Mule Deer” realized $87,750.

The Top Tier jury selected Z.S. Liang’s “The Holy Rattle (Elkwater Lake Battle, 1864)” for the merit award. The painting realized
$111,150.

Works Referenced

Lot 192
(2015)
Jenness Cortez (1944–Present)
Four American Visionaries (2015)
acrylic on mahogany panel
33 x 39 3/4 in
$128,700
Lot 184
(2015)
Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902)
Wind River Country Wyoming (ca. 1860)
oil on canvas
28 1/4 x 39 1/2 in
$800,000
Lot 209
(2015)
Carl Rungius (1869–1959)
Grizzly Bear ()
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in
$269,100
Lot 151
(2015)
G. Harvey (1933–Present)
The Hope of the Confederacy ()
oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
$263,250
Lot 133
(2015)
Howard Terpning (1927–Present)
Good Medicine ()
oil on canvas
18 x 24 in
$228,150
Lot 142B
(2015)
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Whitewater Passage (2015)
oil on linen
40 x 30 in
$157,950
Lot 230
(2015)
Richard Schmid (1934–Present)
Olympic House ()
oil on canvas
20 x 30 in
$111,150
Lot 193
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Cheetahs on a Termite Hill ()
acrylic on masonite
22 x 40 in
$204,750
Lot 165
(2015)
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Winter Browse - Mule Deer (1995)
acrylic on board
14 x 18 in
$87,750
Lot 142
(2015)
Z.S. Liang (1953–Present)
The Holy Rattle (Elkwater Lake Battle, 1864) (2015)
oil on linen
40 x 60 in
$111,150