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An album of 22 detailed images of Lakota Brule warriors on horseback drawn by tribal artists before 1881 attracted much presale interest and sold on the phone for $34,365. (Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers)

An album of 22 detailed images of Lakota Brule warriors on horseback drawn by tribal artists before 1881 attracted much presale interest and sold on the phone for $34,365. (Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers)

We wrote a couple of days ago (here) about the disappointing results from the annual Navajo Rug Show in Park City, Utah. That show involved Native weavers selling their own work.

A very different sort of sale, held earlier this fall, involved the auction of Native American art and was wildly successful, at least in financial terms.

That sale, by Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers, of Boston, focused on American Indian and ethnographic art. It included the sale of an album of Plains Indian pictographs for $34,365, nearly triple the estimate. Plains Indian objects were among the auction’s best-sellers, Skinner reports.

The auction house decribes the album thusly:

“The 22 detailed images of Lakota Brule warriors on horseback were drawn by tribal artists in pencil, colored pencil and ink sometime before 1881.”

Someone described only as a Western collector bought the album and will place it online where everyone can view it, Skinner reports.

Other prices obtained were a rare Plains Indian carved gunstock club from the late 19th century set with three butcher knife blades marked “Lamson and Goodnow Mfg. Co. Patent March 6, 1860,” and decorated with brass tacks, Skinner says. It sold for $35,550.

And Skinner reports that a Lakota Plains Indian beaded and quilled buffalo hide rifle scabbard from the 1870s that was fringed deeply and banded with red trade cloth sold for $23,700.

As with the person who purchased the album, the other buyers were also described only as collectors. No word as to whether any tribes were involved.

Gwen Florio

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