Pair of late 19th c. Sioux war shirts combine for $50,000 at Allard Auctions' Best of Santa Fe event A pair of Sioux beaded war shirts combined to sell for $50,000 and were the top two lots at Best of Santa Fe, an annual auction hosted by Allard Auctions, Inc., based in St. Ignatius, Montana.
News-Antique.com - Sep 14,2016 - SANTA FE, N.M. – A pair of Sioux beaded war shirts combined to sell for $50,000 and were the top two lots at Best of Santa Fe, an annual auction hosted by Allard Auctions, Inc., based in St. Ignatius, Mont. This year's event was held August 12-14 in the Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple, at 463 Paseo de Peralta. Over 800 lots came up for bid in a sale that grossed just under $500,000.
Top lot honors went to a fantastic, late 1800s sinew sewn hide Sioux war shirt with lazy stitched beaded geometrics, arm and shoulder strips and several American flags. The shirt was in good condition, with reinforced shoulders, and measured an impressive 65 inches by 41 inches. Pulled from the Doug Allard collection and purchased in 1999 for $28,000, the shirt sold for $27,500.
The runner-up lot was a beautiful, circa 1900 traditionally made buckskin Sioux warrior's shirt, with sinew sewn and lazy stitched beaded geometric panels and collar tabs, quill wrapped bound hair suspensions and fringed trim. Previously owned by Joseph O'Leary, a curator at the Peabody Museum in the 1990s whose collection was sold at Christie's in 1994, the shirt went for $22,500.
The auction was packed with American Indian artifacts, art and related collectibles, to include historic war shirts, cradleboards, Germantown weavings, beadwork from two major private collections, California and Southwestern baskets, Northwest Coast and Eskimo items and Native American paintings. Internet bidding was provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and iCollector.com.
In the past, Best of Santa Fe has traditionally been a two-day event. But this year, something new was added: a Friday evening session, Aug. 12th, that started at 6 pm Mountain time. The session featured quality Indian jewelry, outstanding concho belts, nice bolo ties, special squash blossom necklaces, bracelets, bolo and buckle sets, signed originals, one-of-a-kinds and many other items.
Following are additional highlights of the auction. All prices quoted are hammer, exclusive of a sliding scale buyer's premium of 15-25 percent.
The third top lot was also a war shirt, only not Sioux but Northern Plains. The historic, late 19th century all-buckskin war shirt boasted gorgeous wide quilled sleeves and body strips with traditional geometrics done in purples, pinks, green, yellow and red (albeit faded). The shirt was partially restored and had some missing and broken quills, but it still changed hands for $20,000.
A traditional white buckskin Sioux women's dress, made around 1900 with sinew sewn and lazy stitch beaded yoke strips, finished at $11,000. The size medium dress, featuring a yellow ochred top, lots of cut-in fringe, a scalloped abdomen and pretty beaded hem with rare red ochring, had also been once owned by O'Leary. It was in very good condition, with just very minor bead loss.
A star lot of the Native American jewelry category was an exquisite tear-drop shadowbox Lander Blue turquoise necklace, made in the late 1900's by the artisan Lee Yazzie and strung on a simple silver bead and nugget necklace, with delicate silver blossoms. The 19-inch