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Santa Fe, NM, United States
DoneSat, Jun 25, 2011 11:00 PM GMT

Denver Old West Auction

The only known photograph of Billy the Kid, a signed and numbered Andy Warhol serigraph, and a collection of new-to-market Buffalo Bill and Wild West memorabilia are among the highlights at Brian Lebel’s 22nd annual Old West Auction, June 25th at the Denver Merchandise Mart. The 130-year old tintype of Billy the Kid is the only authenticated photo of The Kid known to exist, and is widely regarded as the most important photograph of the American West. Another piece of history can be found in JA Garrett’s Colt Single Action, which has documentation linking it to the Johnson County War. Fine Western art includes an important Edward Borein watercolor, "California Vaquero", from the estate of noted Borein collector Katherine Haley. A rare, unpublished Will James watercolor will be offered, as well as a number of 1st edition Will James books with original drawings. The Auction will offer its first ever Warhol, the 1986 "Mother and Child", signed and numbered "TP 18/36". Other artists include Harry Jackson, Will Crawford, Nick Eggenhofer, Ross Stefan, Eric Michaels, Remington Schuyler, Joe Beeler and Ralph Lillywhite. The personal collection of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West performer, Jordan Cottle includes a hand-drawn, banner with original signatures from such noted Wild West performers as W.F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Annie Oakley, Frank Butler, Johnny Baker and others. One of W.F. Cody’s personal pocket watches is for sale, as are original copies of the (unconsummated) divorce proceedings from his wife, Louisa Cody, in which a witness accuses her of trying to poison her famous husband. Fine saddles, spurs, bits, bridles and other cowboy items from noted names such as Bohlin, Visalia, Ortega, and Buermann will be offered. Native American artifacts include a beaded Omaha man’s warshirt, pipe bags, Navajo textiles, parfleche items and Apache baskets. Hollywood cowboy items include a John Wayne movie hat and “The Lone Ranger,” Clayton Moore’s Colt Single Actions.