Competitive bidding, record-setting results drive American Art past $2.5 million at Heritage Auctions.
Remington’s The Broncho Buster #17 fetches $346,000; Leyendecker’s Saturday Evening Post cover realizes $200,000 at November auction in Dallas
DALLAS – Frederic Remington’s iconic The Broncho Buster #17 realized $346,000 in Heritage Auctions’ $2,529,669 million American Art Auction Nov. 12 in Dallas. With a sell-through rate reaching 90 percent, the sale established new auction records for Mort Künstler and for Bruce Braithwaite, solidifying Heritage’s position as a leader in the field of American Art.
“This was a well-edited and lively sale, full of diverse, fresh-to-market offerings we knew our audience would embrace,” said Aviva Lehmann, Heritage Auctions’ Director of American Art, New York. “The auction records set are by living artists, and I am glad that they can enjoy the success as well.”
Illustration Art surpassed expectations as Joseph Christian Leyendecker’s To the Vanquished, a Saturday Evening Post cover from March 1934, sold for a solid $200,000. A new auction record was set with Mort Künstler’s Launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia, April 12, 1981, after bidders pushed the auction price to $125,000. Steven Dohanos’ The Vacationers, a SaturdayEvening Post cover from August 1951, realized $87,500
A Ride in Autumn by Walter Ufer sold for $175,000, highlighting a robust group of Western Art. Maynard Dixon’s Bronco Buster, 1920, realized $55,000, and Frank Tenney Johnson’s The Forest Ranger, Alhambra, California, 1929, ended at $50,000.
Early American Modernism was led by Milton Avery’s Green Meadow, 1957, fetching $137,500, and George Inness’ breathtaking Evening Glow fetched $100,000, affirming continued interest in masterworks from the Hudson River School.
Additional highlights included, but were not limited to:
- Paul Manship, Lyric Muse, 1912, realized: $45,000.
- Maynard Dixon, Road to Nowhere, Indian Springs, Nevada, 1934, realized: $42,500.
- Edward Willis Redfield, The Hill Country, realized: $40,000.
- Seymour Joseph Guy, Awaiting the Captain’s Arrival, realized: $35,000.
- Thomas Hart Benton, Main Street, USA, 1926, realized: $34,000.
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