Jackson Hole Art Auction Announces 2019 Results

  • JACKSON, Wyoming
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  • September 19, 2019

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Carl Rungius (1869–1959), Alaskan Wilderness, oil on canvas, 40 1/4 x 50 1/4 in, Sold: $642,500
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007), The Look Before the Leap, 1996, acrylic on masonite, 20 x 35 1/2 in, Sold: $180,000

Jackson, Wyoming – The Thirteenth Annual Jackson Hole Art Auction was held on September 13th and 14th in Jackson, WY. Hosted by Trailside Galleries and the Gerald Peters Gallery, 84% percent of the 518 lots were sold over two days, realizing over $5.6 million in sales. The cover lot, Carl Rungius’ Alaskan Wilderness topped the sale, exceeding its high estimate at $642,500 after enthusiastic bidding in the room. The price marks a house record for Rungius, and the all-time second highest price for the artist at auction.


Seventeen new artist world records were established, including The Red Shield by Roy Andersen, which realized a world record price-per-square-inch for the artist. The sale also saw the highest price achieved to date for a G. Harvey bronze at auction, with The Spirit of Texas bringing $36,000. Both sessions featured very active bidding across a variety of genres, excellent floor attendance, and robust remote bidding.


Works by Bob Kuhn saw strong interest, with The Look Before the Leap bringing $180,000 while Cat on the Qui Vive sold for $175,500. Other exceptional wildlife results included Tucker Smith’s Shiras Bull, selling above estimate at $64,350, and Robert Bateman’s Elk and Aspen which brought $81,900. Carl Rungius’s Timber sold for $105,300, while his Bighorn Sheep achieved $76,050.

William R. Leigh (1866–1955), Faithful, oil on canvas, 28 x 36 in, Sold: $175,500


Classic western art shone at this year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction, with William R. Leigh’s Faithful bringing $175,500, and Charles M. Russell’s The Three Wise Men selling for $169,650. Olaf Wieghorst’s The Last March sold for nearly double the low estimate at an impressive $93,600, and Charlie Dye’s iconic western scene Remuda achieved the high end of its estimate, also bringing $93,600.


Strong interest in contemporary work drove numerous pieces over their high estimates—chief among them was Logan Maxwell Hagege’s The Rising Clouds which sold for $187,200. James Bama’s Trout Creek Ranch also soared above its high estimate, bringing $81,900 after spirited bidding.


Full auction results are available at www.jacksonholeartauction.com


Additional images are available upon request. 

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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