Cattle Herd and Cowboy

Harvey Dunn’s "Cattle Herd and Cowboy," left, is one of the paintings, valued at $8,000 to $12,000, to be sold by the A.R. Mitchell Museum at auction in Denver on November 7.

The A.R. Mitchell Museum announced on Oct. 2 that it will be opening the museum’s collection to offer at auction “a select few” original A.R. Mitchell paintings along with works from painter Harvey Dunn and illustrator Harold Von Schmidt.

The museum said the sale is needed to ensure the “long-term preservation” of the broader museum collection and hopes the sale will promote Arthur Roy Mitchell, his work and legacy outside the Trinidad region.

The auction, titled “Arts of American West,” is a product of Hindman Auctions and will occur on Thursday, Nov. 7 in Denver.

Said Mitchell Museum Executive Director Allyson Sheumaker, “Our upcoming project with Hindman carries the potential to set us on a vigorous and sustainable path. This opportunity to introduce Mitchell’s body of work to a broader audience of art appreciators directly supports our plans to: One, maintain our extensive collection of Mitchell paintings, sketches, Native American and Hispanic artifacts, and personal effects; (2) curate a traveling exhibit; (3) make facility upgrades to the 113-year-old former Jamieson’s Dry Goods department store site; and (4) publish a book of A.R. Mitchell art.”

The museum listed highlights of the collection to be sold as follows:

— Two paintings by Harvey Dunn titled “Cattle Herd and Cowboy” and “Bet a Stack of Blues,” each with presale estimates of $8,000 to $12,000.

— Harold Von Schmidt’s “River Crossing,” estimated to bring $12,000 to $18,000.

— Arthur Roy Mitchell illustrations include “Tit for Tat” (presale estimate $3,000 to $4,000), as well as “Morning Friskies” and “Driving Off Rustlers,” each with presale estimates of $2,000 to $4,000.

— Several pieces from Mitchell’s collection of Native American pottery and baskets will also be featured in the auction offerings.

Hindman said the full auction catalog can be viewed online through several online auction portals.

Hindman will also be hosting a public “friend raiser” for the A.R. Mitchell Museum on Wednesday, October 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. during the auction preview at the Denver gallery space. Western art collectors and enthusiasts will have an opportunity to learn more about the “Pulp Western” artist and illustrator as well as the museum, said the auction house.

The Arts of the American West sale will be conducted in the Hindman Denver saleroom at 10 a.m. Mountain Time on Thursday, November 7 and can be previewed November 2 through 6.

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Museum hopes sale will ensure future preservation of museum’s collection

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