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Native American treasures on offer at Big Spring Phoenix auction


A remarkable line-up of Native American art is set to go under the hammer in Arizona next week, at Allard Auctions, Inc.’s  Big Spring Phoenix auction.
Collectors will have the chance to bid on baskets, pottery, jewelry, Navajo rugs, beadwork, Northwest Coast and Eskimo items, original artwork, prehistoric collectibles, bronzes, Katsina dolls and antiques.

“Big Spring Phoenix will be packed this year with a famous collection out of Santa Fe, a great collection of Anasazi pottery, a private collection of Zuni bolo ties and concho belts, a private Katsina doll collection, and fine California, Southwest and Northwest Coast baskets,” said Steve Allard of Allard Auctions, Inc., based on the Flathead Indian Reservation in St. Ignatius, Montana.

“There really will be something for everyone in this sale, at price points that will appeal to the novice collector to the serious and seasoned veteran.”

Amongst the leading lots will be a  historic, fully-beaded Cree-made Native American Hopi vest with traditional floral motif, made circa-1900. The vest was originally owned by the famous Hopi ‘Judge Hooker’ Hongeva, who served as Chief and Mayor of Sichimovi in 1902, and is expected to sell for $10,000-$20,000.

Further standout lots will include a  fine weave woman’s Navajo ‘Manta’ robe made from piled Germantown wool on aniline dyed wefts, estimated at $10,000-$20,00; and a circa 1980s White Buffalo lidded sterling jar, featuring a solid 18kt gold bear on the lid, valued at $5,000-$10,000.

Elsewhere, highlights include a late 19th century traditional Iroquois/Chippewa men’s Woodlands beaded bandolier priced at $2,500-$5,000; a circa 1980s early original thin-walled pottery jar with polychrome design by Juan Quezada, also estimated at $2,500-$5,000; and a large 500-1000 AD brown incised Caddo Crockett pottery bowl valued at $2,000-$4,000.

The auction takes place at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Mesa, outside of Phoenix, Arizona, on March 12-13.


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