CINCINNATI – Hindman kicked off September with two successful days of Native American Art sales, totaling more than $1.7 million. The series commenced with Part II of the Lifetime Collection of Forrest Fenn, continuing the strong results achieved during Part I in the spring. The following day, Session I of Native American Art brought equal enthusiasm, highlighted by the 19th century objects of the Great Lakes and Eastern Woodlands from the collection of Robert Streett of St. Louis and Navajo and Mexican textiles from the collection of Warren Ehrlich.
“It was a privilege to offer multiple distinguished collections that spanned many geographic regions, all with their own captivating histories,” said Hindman’s Vice President for Native American Art Danica Farnand. “While the bidding response to everything from the enormous pottery to the boldly-hued textiles was exciting, it was equally gratifying to be able to be inspired by the stories of some of the top collectors within the Native American Art category.”
The Lifetime Collection of Forrest Fenn, Part II | September 8
Bidders once again responded passionately to Forrest Fenn’s collection during this second auction. Internationally renowned for his hidden treasure, Fenn was also a significant figure in the Western and Native American art-collecting communities.
Fenn’s collection of impressively-sized pottery demanded top prices. Highlighting the group was a massive Ohkay Owingeh blackware storage jar, which sold for $25,000 against an estimate of $4,000-$6,000. Another highly sought-after piece was a Cochiti storage jar that also exceeded its estimate, realizing $25,000. Lot 167 proved to be another strong performer – the Hano polychrome from 1900 earned $20,000, well above its estimate of $8,000-$10,000.
“As soon as I saw the pottery, I instantly knew it would be a focal point of the auction,” said Farnand. “I rarely come across jars of this caliber, both in terms of the craftmanship and scale.”
Dolls with exquisite beadwork were among additional highlights. An Apsaalooke [Crow] male doll and an Apache doll with cactus kicker moccasins achieved $22,500 and $20,000, respectively.
In addition, a Southern Cheyenne painted hide shield attained $53,125.
Native American Art | September 9
Passionate bidding continued into the second sale day for the Native American Art department. Intricately-decorated weaponry from the estate of Robert Streett brought enthusiastic bidding. Noteworthy lots included an Algonquian ball club from the late 19th century, which realized $31,250 against an estimate of $10,000-$15,000. This unique club is adorned with thunderbirds, horned panthers, serpents, birds and mystical creatures such Underwater Panther and the Horned Hairy Serpent.
Rounding out the highlights from the Streett collection was a Western Great Lakes decorated gunstock club, which exceeded its $15,000-$25,000 estimate to realize $28,125. Also, a Western Great Lakes puzzle pipe stem sold for $16,250 against an estimate of $8,000-$10,000.
Textiles from the collection of Warren Ehrlich were also among the top performers in the sale. Most notable were two Mexican Late Classic saltillo serapes: the first more than tripled its estimate to sell for $21,250, and the second more than doubled its estimate to sell for $17,500. A circa-1880 Kiowa beaded dispatch case led the sale, realizing $42,500 against an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.
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