On The Square

Bidsquare Saddles up for The Coeur d'Alene Art Auction

By Jessica Helen Weinberg

Jul 13,2017 | 12:00 EDT

The gavel comes crashing down like thunder through the mountains. Some say lightning cant strike the same place twice, but that isnt true - it can and it will - 317 more times. On July 29th, The Coeur d'Alene Art Auction will be rolling out west to hold their 32nd Annual Fine Western & American auction at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. The catalog will offer 317 lots and is expected to continue breaking records as the leader in the most important event for Western art collectors. Online bidding will only be available exclusively through Bidsquare

With over $230,000,000 in sales over the past ten years, it is clear that The Coeur d'Alene Art Auction has manifested their own market for Fine Western connoisseurship. Fleets of private jets will touch down on "The Biggest Little City in the World," - importing bidders that are ready to loop their lassos around the highest quality paintings and sculptures the market has to offer. Long known masters in the genre such as Charles M. Russell, Frank Tenney Johnson, William R. Leigh, Frederic Remington, Carl Rungius, Maynard Dixon and contemporary headliner Howard Terpning, amongst many others, will all be represented. 

Lot 98, Frank Tenney Johnson, Return from the Hunt (1934) Oil on canvas; Estimate $250,000- $350,000

For the third consecutive year, online bidding will be exclusively available on Bidsquare. This union offers a rare advantage for registrants looking to gallop alongside the competitive sales floor. The online buyers premium remains the same as the floor bidders premium, an aspect that loosens the reigns and allows online buyers to bid without monetary hesitation.

Lot 220, Maynard Dixon, The Prairie (1915) Oil on canvas; Estimate $500,000 - $750,000

Mike Overby, Partner at The Coeur d'Alene Art Auction states, "At the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, we noticed increased online bidding for our auction through the Bidsquare platform, with several individual bids in excess of $150,000. Online bidding is definitely the future and Bidsquare is leading the industry in both their ease of use and substantial marketing to top collectors. We expect this to continue going forward and are proud to partner with them as our exclusive online provider.”  

Lot 184, Thomas Moran, The Rio Virgin, Southern Utah (1917) Oil on canvas; Estimate $600,000 - $900,000

As the live attendees spurs click across the casino floor and into The Coeur d'Alene Art Auction, so will the mouses of the Bidsquare buyers whove been known to wrangle against the crowd in this one-of-a-kind, Western & American art buying opportunity. A fitting aspect of the sale that distinguishes it from any experience one might have at Sothebys or Christies has to be the energetic "Yippers" that circulate the crowd. As The New York Times previously reported, "For if Western attire is one hallmark of the auction, another is the spotters, a group of four men who help the auctioneer by pointing out the bidders and calling out with raucous sounds: "yip" or "yep" or "hep"..."

Lot 155, Charles M. Russell, Approach of the White Man (1897) Oil on canvas; Estimate $1,500,000 - $2,000,000

Its clear that this audience isnt interested in sharing their Western romance with the manicured paddle flippers east of the Mississippi. Many of the serious collectors feel strong ties to the Western landscape, its history of settlement and the true grit that comes with walking the walk - with estimates tipping over the million dollar mark - you can expect a high stakes stand off. 

Click here to view the full catalog, The Coeur d'Alene Art Auction, Fine Western & American Art on July 29th. 

Not registered to bid but still want to watch live? No problem! Tune into the auction on Bidsquare, July 29th at 12:00pm PDT | 3:00pm EDT!

Other publications that cover The Coeur d'Alene Art Auction include; The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Art & Antiques and The New York Times.