Jackson, Wyoming – The Fourteenth Annual Jackson Hole Art Auction was held virtually on September 19th in Jackson, WY. Hosted by Trailside Galleries and the Gerald Peters Gallery, 90% percent of the 306 lots were sold, realizing over $5.2 million in sales. The cover lot, Thomas Moran’s Cascade Falls, Yosemite topped the sale, achieving $946,000. Nearly 30% of the lots sold exceeded their high estimates!
Eighteen new artist world auction records were established, including Swan Song by Thomas Blackshear, which realized a world record price for the artist, and sold for over double its high estimate, bringing $77,350. The sale also saw the highest price achieved to date for Cowboy Artists of America member Bruce Greene at auction, with The Wagon Fly Incident of '98' topping its high estimate at $50,580. Both sessions featured very active bidding across a variety of genres, with over 1,000 bidders registered online, and robust telephone bidding throughout the sale.
Classic and contemporary western art shone at this year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction, with Howard Terpning’s It’s Been a Long Day exceeding its high estimate at $321,300, and John Clymer’s 10 x 20 oil on board painting Hunting Country selling for $130,900 on an estimate of $60,000 to $90,000. G. Harvey’s Good Wage Wranglers also sold above estimate at an impressive $226,100, and Oscar E. Berninghaus’ stunning Taos scene The Lookout brought $142,800.
A staple of the Jackson Hole Art Auction, wildlife offerings continued to sell well this year. Works by Bob Kuhn saw strong interest, with Red Fox Airborne bringing over double its high estimate at $178,500, while No Free Lunch also exceeded its estimate at $95,200. Other exceptional wildlife results included Carl Rungius’ A Knight Errant, selling at $148,750, and Tucker Smith’s A Bunch of Bison which brought $35,700.
This year’s sale included seventeen bronzes by sculptor John Coleman, all of which sold within or above estimates after spirited bidding. 1876, Gall - Sitting Bull - Crazy Horse sold above the high estimate, bringing $142,800.
Full auction results are available at www.jacksonholeartauction.com