On April 2, the Scottsdale Art Auction in Arizona offered up a wide selection of historically important and contemporary Western, wildlife, and sporting artworks — realizing nearly $9 million in total sales. The highlights?
Among the contemporary artists who experienced monumental sales at the April 2 Scottsdale Art Auction was Martin Grelle, whose sales totaled $1,020,825 for his selection of paintings. Records were also broken for artists Joe Beeler, George Giguere, and Logan Hagege.

Allan Houser (1914-1994), “Ready to Dance,” 1988, bronze, 76 in. (c) Scottsdale Art Auction 2016

The auction house reports, “Of special note was a collection of eight master works by Allan Houser, two of which set consecutive world auction records, ‘Smoke Signal’ and ‘Ready to Dance’ at $87,750 each. Other highlights included a set of eight oils, 9 inches by 12 inches each by Carl Rungius that were estimated at $150,000-$250,000 and sold for $315,900, two Kyle Polzin still life paintings, one (25 inches by 37 inches) estimated at $30,000-$50,000 that sold for $117,000 and another (48 inches by 48 inches) estimated at $50,000-$75,000 that sold for $152,100.

Clark Hulings (1922-2011), “Barcelona Produce Still Life,” 2005, oil on canvas, 25 x 27 in. (c) Scottsdale Art Auction 2016

Walter Ufer (1876-1936), “Trailing Homewards,” oil on canvas, 20 x 25 in. (c) Scottsdale Art Auction 2016

Historically important Taos Founders included Walter Ufer’s 20 inches by 25 inches oil, titled “Trailing Homewards”, that sold for $613,000 and Victor Higgins’ 20 inches by 24 inches oil, “The Red Door” (estimated at $200,000-$300,000), that sold for $304,200. Other Taos Founders offered included Oscar Berninghaus, Bert Phillips, E. I. Couse, and Joseph Henry Sharp. Other notable Western masters included Fredric Remington, W.R. Leigh, Charles M. Russell, Gerard Curtis Delano, Edward Borein, Olaf Wieghorst, Charles Schreyvogel, Olaf C. Seltzer, E. S. Paxson, and Henry Farny.

Victor Higgins (1884-1949), “The Red Door,” oil on canvas, 20 x 24 in. (c) Scottsdale Art Auction 2016

To learn more, visit the Scottsdale Art Auction.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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