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Hollywood and the Wild West

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This month will see auction action in the West. On September 17, the fifth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction will take place, co-organized by Trailside Galleries of Jackson, Wyo., and Scottsdale, Ariz., and the Gerald Peters Gallery of Santa Fe, N.M. The event will take place at the Center for the Arts in downtown Jackson.

With the gavel coming down in the heart of the Rockies, Western-themed works by living and historic artists will be on offer. Among the former are William Acheff, Clyde Aspevig, Ken Carlson, Martin Grelle, Howard Terpning, Morgan Weistling and Z.S. Liang. Among the latter are classics such as the Taos School artists, Frederic Remington and Maynard Dixon. A Dixon oil, Cowpuncher, is estimated at $400,000–600,000, and a Remington bronze, Bronco Buster, carries the same estimate.

On September 17, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif., will offer property from the estate of Tony Curtis, which includes some significant lots from the late movie star’s art collection. Known for his roles in classic Hollywood films such as Some Like It Hot and The Sweet Smell of Success, Curtis collected avidly and befriended artists, including Andy Warhol. Among the offerings at Julien’s sale are a Warhol drawing, the Some Like it Hot Shoe, a gift to Curtis from the artist (est. $20,000–30,000); three drawings by Balthus (two of them estimated at $25,000–35,000 and one at $30,000–40,000); a Maurice Denis oil-on-canvas study for the Baptism of Christ mosaic at the Church of Saint Paul in Geneva, Les Ondes (est. $20,000–30,000); ceramics and prints by Picasso, Braque, and Chagall; and a group of various 20th-century American, British and European paintings. Artworks that Curtis created himself will also be on the block. Non-art memorabilia at the sale includes the blue blazer (est. $10,000–15,000) worn by Curtis in Some Like It Hot. —A&A Staff

Author: Art & Antiques Magazine | Publish Date: September 2011

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