Frank McCarthy’s Gunfight painting will be in Brian Lebel’s Cody Old West auction on June 26 at …

Oil painting on cardboard of shooting by Frank McCarthy (1924-2002), 20 inches by 12 inches (view, minus frame), used as illustration for the book Sangre en la Colina. Estimate: $ 4,000 to $ 6,000.
Brian Lebel’s Wild West Events

SANTA FE, NM – The desk and wheelchair used by Pat Garrett while sheriff in Dona Ana, New Mexico, a six-shot Arizona Ranger Colt Frontier, Henry repeating rifle circa 1863, badge JB Farr’s 14k Gold Presentation Sheriff’s Hat and Actor Clint Eastwood’s Movie Hat Joe kidd are just a glimpse of what bidders can expect at the 31st Annual Cody Old West Auction scheduled for Saturday, June 26, starting at 4 p.m. MT.

The event is hosted by Brian Lebel’s Old West Events, with live and in-person auctions at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza located at 100 Sandoval Street in Santa Fe, as well as online through the Old West Events website, www. oldwestevents. com. As with past events, the auction will be part of a three-day Old West Show, June 25-27, also hosted by Old West Events, at the nearby Santa Fe Community Convention Center at 201 West Marcy Street. Both are open to the public.

The auction consists of 384 lots in total and will include several significant collections, including the antique gun collections and Native American baskets by James Carpenter; Earl Hagerman’s impressive miniature saddle collection and antique Americana collection; badges from the Bob Vines collection; buckles from the collection of Judge Howard Gross; and a superb group of horsehair bridles from renowned collectors and authors Ned and Jody Martin.

The main categories will include cowboy antiques and collectibles (saddles, spurs, bits, etc.); Native American artifacts; old and historic firearms; Hollywood cowboy memorabilia; western fine arts; Wild West game and saloon items; old and contemporary belt buckles and other pieces of goldsmith’s work; antique advertising and lithography; and decorative arts and western furniture. The auction is free and open to the public, but places are limited. Reservations are required for a place.

“We are delighted to be able to host the auction and the show after having to cancel last June’s events due to COVID,” said Brian Lebel, owner of Old West Events. “2021 has so far been a great year for sales in our company as well as in related industries. We look forward to continuing this trend and look forward to seeing all the faces we have missed this year, ”adding:“ This year’s auction promises to be excellent, with great diversity both in the ranges. of price and genres. “

The desk and chair with wheels that Pat Garrett used as Dona Ana County Sheriff from 1896 to 1900 were both made in the 1880s. They are in poor condition but can be refurbished. The lot has an estimate of $ 10,000 to $ 20,000 and comes with the original 1884 bill of sale and a photo of Garrett. The Colt Single Action Army Revolver with One Piece Ivory Grips was made in 1895 and shipped to Colt’s Patent Firearms in San Francisco in 1898. It was originally owned by O. Frank Hicks, who enlisted in the Rangers from Arizona in 1905. It should sell for between $ 20,000 and $ 25,000.

Exquisite three-part ladies’ buckle set created by Scott Hardy for TCAA 2006 display and sale, with three sets of diamond-etched gold hinges. Estimate: $ 6,000 to $ 9,000.
Brian Lebel’s Wild West Events

The Henry repeating rifle circa 1863 (S / N 1729, caliber .44 rimfire), has a 24 inch barrel, brass frame and blue finish, walnut stocks, original sights, matching numbers and an additional dovetail in the frame. It is expected to cost $ 20,000 to $ 30,000. JB Farr’s 14k Gold Presentation Sheriff Badge from the early 1900s is an important piece of Colorado history and a great example of a presentation badge – highly detailed, elegant and ornate. It should cap at $ 8,000- $ 12,000.

Clint Eastwood’s hat from the 1972 western Joe kidd is a dark brown Stetson hat from Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors, 3X, with an inverted crown and braided leather ‘whip’ headband. It has a pre-sale estimate of $ 8,000 to $ 12,000. A magnificent example of a horsehair bridle from the State Penitentiary of Florence, Arizona, with three-ply round cheeks and a double frontal band in bright colors and tight diamonds, is expected to cost between $ 8,000 and $ 12,000 .

Circa 1920-1930 Native American Kiowa shirt in tanned and sinewy deer skin with a 17 inch long fringe, a deer tail hanging in the back and decorative beads. Estimate: $ 7,000 to $ 9,000.
Brian Lebel’s Wild West Events

An impressive and heavy pair of Visalia “Wild West” spurs, marked on the inside of the heel strip, “Visalia Stock Saddle Co. / San Francisco”, priced at $ 35 in the Visalia 1922 catalog, should finish. between $ 8,000 and $ 12,000. In addition, a J. Tapia target pattern fork bit, an elaborate multi-dot California bit inlaid with silver with multiple rows of dots forming a central target pattern on each cheek, shown in John Foy’s saddlery catalog for years. 1890, is expected to reach $ 9,000 – $ 12,000.

A beautiful three-piece women’s buckle set created by Scott Hardy for the 2006 Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) Annual Show and Sale, with three sets of engraved and diamond-coated gold hinges, has an estimate of 6,000 $ to $ 9,000. A deer skin shirt tanned and sewn from Native American Kiowa sinews circa 1920-1930 with 17 inch long fringe on the shoulders, deer tail hanging from the back and decorative beads, should change hands for 7 $ 000 to $ 9,000.

A hand-carved wooden bull’s head with real horns from the Bulls Head Saloon in Abilene Kansas, which belonged to notable Wild West “Shotgun” personality Ben Thompson, whose partner was shot by “Wild Bill” Hickok, is estimated at $ 6,000- $ 8,000. Also, a King Ranch “Running W” floral ranch saddle with 14-inch seat and Cheyenne cantle, gifted by original owner Robert “Bob” Kleberg to a sick friend, is expected to cost between $ 5,000 and $ 7,000.

An oil painting of a shooting by Frank McCarthy (1924-2002), 20 inches by 12 inches (view, less frame), used as illustration for the book Sangre a la Colina (Blood on the Hill), signed artist, is expected to reach $ 4000- $ 6000. The Native American baskets in the James Carpenter Collection will be led by a large, full color Mission (California) basket bowl from the early 1900s, woven with sumac, natural, mud-dyed juncus reed, 12 inches tall (Estimated : $ 2,500 to $ 3,000).

Currently underway is Lebel’s Rest of the West, an online-only auction with 120 lots, all unqualified and with estimates under $ 1,000. Auctions are live now, at, and will close on June 26 at 11:55 p.m. MT. Low-budget collectors or anyone planning to venture into the rapidly growing field of Western collectibles should check it out.

Brian Lebel founded the Cody Old West Show & Auction 31 years ago in Cody, Wyoming, as a small gathering of people who bought, sold and traded antiques and artifacts from the American Cowboy and the American West. Brian believed that more people would appreciate these great artifacts if only they knew what was available. So he started his own event and has grown steadily since.

Old West Events always accepts quality shipments for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a unique piece, estate, or collection, you can call them at 480-779-WEST (9378), or you can email them at [email protected] To learn more about Brian Lebel’s Old West events and events planned for later this month, please visit

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