Jackson, Wyoming – The twelfth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction was held on September 14th and 15th in Jackson, WY. Hosted by Trailside Galleries and the Gerald Peters Gallery, 88% percent of the 392 lots were sold over two days, realizing over $8.4 million in sales. Norman Rockwell’s iconic portrait of John Wayne stole the show, reaching its high estimate at $1,496,000 after enthusiastic bidding in the room, on the phone, and via absentee.
Fifteen new artist world records were established, including Spirit Welcome by Jerry Jordan, which realized a world record price of $55,750. Both sessions featured very active bidding across a variety of genres, excellent floor attendance, and robust remote bidding.
The cover lot, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait’s A Slight Chance brought $456,300. Additional top sales included John Clymer’s Territorial Dispute and Thomas Moran’s Laguna, New Mexico Looking from the East, both of which sold well above their high estimates at $339,300 amid intense bidding.
Bob Kuhn’s works soared above the high estimates, with Basic Training bringing $175,500, and His Elegance selling at $76,050. Other exceptional wildlife results included Tucker Smith’s Ahead of the Storm at $93,600 and David Shepherd’s Leopards at the Waterhole selling for double its high estimate at $61,425.
American illustrators shone at this year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction, with N.C. Wyeth’s Untitled (Portrait of a Cowboy) bringing $99,450, and Dean Cornwell’s Illustration for the Enchanted Hill surpassing estimates at an impressive $128,700. W.H.D. Koerner’s Their Meeting Ground also sold above the high estimate, bringing $46,800. Muralist Thomas Hart Benton’s Study for the Pathfinder achieved a remarkable $239,850.
Other noteworthy western highlights included Frank Tenney Johnson’s Branding a Maverick ($152,100), Albert Bierstadt’s Source of the Snake River ($234,000), and Oscar Berninghaus’ Taos Field of Workers ($321,750).
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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.