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Altermann Galleries Returning to Texas: Dallas Auction, October 18

 (8/20/2012)

After an eleven year absence from the Texas auction scene, Altermann Galleries will be returning to hold an auction in Dallas on October 18th. The seated dinner event will be held at Northwood Club. Reservations can be made by calling (505) 983-1590 or by emailing james@altermann.com. The cost is $75 per person. “We started in Dallas in 1978 and left Texas on a high note in 2001 with a five million dollar auction,” explained Tony Altermann. “In recent years we’ve been spending an increased amount of time in Texas,” stated Richard Altermann. “We do a lot of business there and our clients have encouraged us to come back and have an auction. We look forward to presenting fine art once again in Texas where Altermann Galleries had its beginning in 1978.” One hundred and forty lots will be presented. Among the highlights is Tom Ryan’s colored pencil masterpiece, The Heritage (pre-sale estimate $35,000-$45,000). The Heritage won the gold medal at the Cowboy Artists of America Exhibition in 1971. Another award winning work in the auction is Grant Speed’s, Half Breed (est. $20,000-$30,000), recipient of the CAA gold medal for sculpture in 1976. Robert Scriver’s, Pay Window (est. $14,000-$18,000) will also be offered. It was the gold medal for sculpture at the CAA in 1971. Another award winning lot is Fred Fellow’s sculpture, No Easy Way Out (est. $20,000-$30,000) that won the gold medal and best of show at the CAA’s 1991 exhibition. John Moyers is represented by his monumental painting, Ripped and Tattered (est. $45,000-$60,000), depicting the victorious Sioux returning from the Little Bighorn. There will be seven works by G. Harvey in the auction. The top lot is the well-known painting Texas Hide and Horn (est. $90,000-$120,000). Another well known painting in the sale is The Ploy by Bill Owen (est. $24,000-$28,000) that appeared on the cover of Western Horseman. Another rare offering in the sale is Cyrus Dallin’s, On the Warpath (est. $35,000-$50,000), an exquisite casting by Gorham Foundry. A work that has received pre-auction excitement is a large painting by John Steuart Curry, entitled Kansas Pasture (est. 175,000-$275,000). Very seldom does a major work by this important regionalist become available. The work is fresh to the market; the present owner acquired the painting from the artist’s estate. The wildlife, animal and sporting life portion of the sale makes a strong presentation. Included are works by Ed Mell, Ken Carlson, Brett Smith, Robert Bateman and Kent Ullberg. Also, being offered is George Carlson’s sculpture, Courtship Flight (est. $20,000-40,000) that received the Prix de West Purchase Award in 1975. Another outstanding offering is Robert Abbett’s, Bird Dogs (est. $18,000-$24,000) that is bound to be snapped up by a Texas quail hunter. Another work that should produce heavy bidding is John Cowan’s painting, Portrait of a Hunter (est. $9,000-$12,000). Rarely does a Cowan painting come up at auction. In addition to wildlife, sporting and Western art, there will be a significant offering of figurative, landscape, cityscapes and still life paintings. There will also be a selection of European paintings including Edouard Cortes, Eugene Galien-Laloue, Alfred Fontville De Breanski, Jr., and Louis Aston Knight. Also, European subject matter paintings by American artists Carl Oscar Borg and a major painting by George Hallmark entitled Mercato di Cuoio (The Leather Maker) (est. $24,000-$24,000). Following is a list of all artists who will have offerings in the October 18th auction. For additional information visit www.altermann.com.

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