Hindman rounds up Western art treasures for Nov. 4 auction

Carl Clemens Moritz Rungius, ‘Mountain Caribou,’ est. $200,000-$300,000

Carl Clemens Moritz Rungius, ‘Mountain Caribou,’ est. $200,000-$300,000

DENVER – On November 4, Hindman Auctions will present a Western and Contemporary Native American Art auction featuring nearly 300 lots of historic and contemporary Western and wildlife paintings and bronzes. The selection also includes an outstanding offering of contemporary Native American art, pottery and jewelry. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Works that were originally from the collection of Hollywood Western film actor, producer and director George Montgomery will be sold to support the care of collections and acquisitions funds of Palm Springs Art Museum. Montgomery was born near Great Falls, Montana and was well known for his work as a rugged cowboy or ranch hand in more than 80 Western films and television programs in the 1930s through the 1970s. His early film credits include Davey Crockett, Indian Scout (1950), The Texas Rangers (1951), Jack McCall Desperado (1953), and Gun Duel in Durango (1957). He went on to appear in numerous television shows including episodes of Wagon Train, Bonanza and the Six Million Dollar Man.

Highlights of this collection include a stunning oil painting by leading American wildlife artist Carl Rungius, Mountain Caribou, which will be offered with a presale estimate of $200,000-$300,000. Additional notable artworks include Sydney Mortimer Laurence’s Mount McKinley from the South Side, estimated at $15,000-$25,000, and Alfred von Wierusz Kowalski’s Return from the Hunt, estimated at $20,000-$30,000 and bearing this inscription on the verso: From my collection, George Montgomery, purchased for me by my wife “Dinah” on our 1st wedding anniversary, 1944.

Homer E. Noble Collection

Originally from Western Colorado, Homer E. Noble was part of the “Greatest Generation,” earning both a Purple Heart and Bronze Star while serving in the Marine Corps during World War II. Known for his strong entrepreneurial nature, Noble was a noted investor in land and natural resources. He was an advocate for the environment as demonstrated by his conservation easement in Western Colorado and large ranch developments that preserved pristine natural landscapes.

Thomas Moran, ‘View of Zion,’ est. $100,000-$200,000

Thomas Moran, ‘View of Zion,’ est. $100,000-$200,000

Standout lots from Noble’s collection include Thomas Moran’s View of Zion, which carries an estimate of $100,000-$200,000. While Moran only visited Zion once in 1873, on his way to join John Wesley Powell’s U.S. Geological Survey Expedition to the Grand Canyon, his depictions of Zion appear in works created throughout his lifetime.

Contemporary Native American Art Session

The Contemporary Native American Art session will immediately follow the Western lots and will feature works such as Fritz Scholder’s Horse and Rider, estimated at $30,000-$50,000, and Earl Biss’ In Times of Change, estimated at $20,000-$40,000. Other notable works include Allan Houser’s bronze sculpture Looking On, which carries an estimate of $10,000-$15,000, and Emmi Whitehorse’s painting Red Pond, estimated at $2,000-$3,000.


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