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 Old Blue in the Lead.

 22 by 40 inches Oil on Board 

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    Event History :
  • 2013 November Auction (sold $240,000)
Signed:"Charlie Dye CA [artist's cipher]", l/r

Old Blue is the best known lead steer of the Western cattle drives. At age four he was selected by legendary cattleman CHarles Goodnight to lead the herd from the JA Ranch in Texas to Dodge City, Kansas. With a copper bell tied to his neck by Goodnight, the 1400 lb. gun-metal blue longhorn, set a true and steady course for the 10,000 head he lead to market. After completing eight round trips, he retired to a well-earned, pampered life on the JA in the Palo Duro Canyon. Upon his death at age 20, Blue's horns were placed at Goodnight's ranch headquarters. The massive horns are presently on display at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas, a short distance from the JA ranch.

Provenance: The present offering was commission work and acquired by a Texas collector and his wife through Jane Hiatt of the Village Gallery, Taos, New Mexico in 1966. The painting has remaine 

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