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An authentic reward poster for the “arrest and delivery” of Frank and Jesse James (est. $15,000-$25,000) is one of the rare pieces coming up for sale, as is an original Buffalo Bill’s Wild West parade flag (est. $30,000-$40,000).
“Authentic wanted posters of the Old West are extremely hard to come by. To have a genuine Frank and Jesse James poster is pretty incredible,” said Lebel. He is equally enthusiastic about the parade flag. “The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody has the only other authentic Wild West parade flag that I know of.”
An extremely rare original photo of the outlaw stagecoach robber, Black Bart, is among this year’s historic photographs at auction. Boudoir card size, and bearing the Taber photographer’s mark, this photo of “the gentleman bandit” is estimated at $30,000-$40,000. A portrait of Wyatt Earp by the artist Frederic Mizen (est. $50,000-$70,000) is perhaps the only known portrait painted of the legendary Old West gunman during his lifetime. A fresh-to-market Parker shotgun shipped to Frank Butler (est. $25,000-$35,000), and a Texas Ranger presentation badge (est. $15,000-$20,000) will also be offered.
An important Native American ledger drawing, circa 1880 and attributed to Chief White Bull, depicts the killing of Gen. George Armstrong Custer during the Battle of Little Bighorn (est. $20,000-$30,000). Many believe that White Bull, nephew of Sitting Bull, killed Custer.
The auction also features fine Western art from contemporary and deceased artists; Native American textiles, beadwork and antiquities; Molesworth and New West furniture; personal items from the likes of John Wayne and Roy Rogers; cowboy trappings and collectibles such as saddles, spurs, and bridles from such notable names as Bohlin, Garcia and Ortega.
The Denver Old West Auction will be held at 5 p.m. MDT on Saturday, June 23, in the Denver Merchandise Mart Expo Building. Catalogs are available for purchase and the auction may be previewed online or in person. Live, Internet, phone and absentee bidding options are available. The auction happens in conjunction with the Denver Old West Show, a weekend shopping event featuring over 200 dealers in fine Western merchandise. Visit the website (denveroldwest.com) or facebook page (facebook.com/denveroldwest) for details.
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