LAS VEGAS — Morphy Auctions, in association with Brian Lebel’s Old West Events, sold $2.2 million across 473 lots of Western relics and memorabilia on January 26. Complete results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

Edward H Bohlin (1895-1980) was the king of Western saddlemaking and silver artistry. Creations by the company he founded dominated the auction’s top 10. The priciest item was Bohlin’s own silver mounted with gold repousse gun belt, which he personally designed and built alongside premier Bohlin artists for his own use. Estimated at $200,000-$250,000, the unique double-holster gun rig attracted 17 bids before settling at $250,000 ($307,500 with buyer’s premium). Its new owner is a private collector from Texas.

As the auction progressed, the Bohlin treasures continued to charm bidders, especially the child’s pony-size silvered parade saddle with matching bridle, bit, breast collar, and original black-and-white wool corona. An extravagant production from the early 1950s, it was one of only two pony-size parade saddles Bohlin offered in its catalogs from 1927 through the 1960s. Against an estimate of $30,000-$40,000, the auction example realized $65,000 ($79,950 with buyer’s premium).

There was tremendous interest in a pair of McCabe silver and gold-repousse parade chaps formerly owned and exhibited by legendary film and TV cowboy Roy Rogers. Formerly part of the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum Collection, the chaps commanded a winning bid of $150,000 ($184,500 with buyer’s premium) against an estimate of $70,000-$90,000.

On the fine art side of Western collecting was a dramatic Till Goodan (1896-1958) oil on canvas, untitled but known as Roping Trouble, which rose to $19,000 ($24,000 with buyer’s premium) against an estimate of $7,000-$9,000.

Antique advertising with a Western theme is always in demand with collectors. A prized entry, with provenance from the renowned Dick Burdick collection, was the circa-1910 Colt Firearms lithograph (variation No. 2) depicting the ‘Colt Cowgirl.’ At its lower left, the artwork reads: Colt’s Patent Fire Arms M’F’G Co. The 19 by 30in litho printed by W. F. Powers Co. sold for $17,000 ($20,400 with buyer’s premium) against an estimate of $7,000-$9,000.

After the highly successful Las Vegas series concluded, Dan Morphy remarked: “One thing I heard over and over again, from both the dealers and visitors, was how much they enjoyed the abundance of business and social activity all under one roof. It would not be an exaggeration to say that more than 100 people made a special point of finding me and telling me that, which I greatly appreciated. That kind of positive feedback tells us we’re giving collectors what they want.”

Brian Lebel agreed, saying: “I am incredibly pleased with how successful the event was for both the shows and auction. Our vendors and collectors were overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the venue, the prices, and the exceptional quality of the items on offer throughout the weekend.”