Jackson Hole Art Auction Announces 2017 Results

  • JACKSON, Wyoming
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  • September 21, 2017

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Lot 204: Bob Kuhn (1920–2007),Closing the Distance, 1977, acrylic on masonite, 24 x 48 in, Sold: $409,500
Lot 240: Edgar Alwin Payne (1883–1947), Navajo Scouting Party, oil on canvas, 28 x 34 in, Sold: $304,200

Jackson, Wyoming – The eleventh annual Jackson Hole Art Auction was held on September 15th and 16th in Jackson, WY. Hosted by Trailside Galleries and the Gerald Peters Gallery, 77% percent of the 367 lots were sold over two days, realizing nearly $5 million in sales. Ten new artist world records were established, including Desert Meeting by Logan Maxwell Hagege, which realized a world record price of $58,500. Both sessions featured very enthusiastic bidding across a variety of genres, excellent floor attendance, and robust remote bidding.


The cover lot, Edgar Payne’s Navajo Scouting Party brought $304,200. Additional top sales included Edgar Payne’s Blue Shadows ($105,300) and Arnold Friberg’s Uncertain Odds ($93,600). The Jackson Hole Art Auction continues to hold the world auction record for Arnold Friberg.

Lot 178: W.H.D. Koerner (1878–1938), Sheriff and Citizens of the Law, 1932, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in, Sold: $175,500


Bob Kuhn’s works soared above the high estimates, with Closing the Distance bringing $409,500, an impressive four times the low estimate, and a house record for Bob Kuhn’s work at the Jackson Hole Art Auction. Onward and Upward also exceeded its high estimate, commanding $152,100.


This year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction featured a special section on American illustrator W.H.D. Koerner, and achieved the highest prices for Koerner in nearly 20 years, with both New Horizons and Sheriff and Citizens of the Law bringing $175,500. Koerner’s Fly Fishing also exceeded its high estimate, topping out at $99,450.


Wildlife offerings, the signature of the Jackson Hole Art Auction, also yielded healthy results:

Carl Rungius’ Moose in a Landscape sold for $93,600, Tucker Smith’s Packer Creek brought $87,750, and Robert Bateman’s Big Black realized $49,725.


Other noteworthy western highlights included Charlie Dye’s Sun Up ($87,750), Frederic Remington’s The Cheyenne ($87,750), and Victor Higgins’ Aspens up Twining Way ($81,900).


Full auction results are available at www.jacksonholeartauction.com


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Jackson Hole Art Auction
130 E. Broadway
PO Box 1568
Jackson, Wyoming
About Jackson Hole Art Auction

Since 2007, the Jackson Hole Art Auction has been recognized as one of the premier art events in the country, defined by the high standards of works offered in a variety of genres including western, wildlife, sporting, figurative, and landscape art by both renowned past masters and contemporary artists. With showrooms in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Santa Fe, New Mexico and New York, the auction partners bring over 100 years of experience and expertise to the event. The Jackson Hole Art Auction is a signature event of Jackson Hole’s annual Fall Arts Festival and attracts collectors from across the country as well as abroad.

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