Magazine article Southwest Art

Scottsdale Art Auction

Magazine article Southwest Art

Scottsdale Art Auction

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ALWAYS A PREMIER source of western, wildlife, and sporting artworks from living and deceased artists, the Scottsdale Art Auction puts up for bid this month a special collection of works from Robert Parker of Tulsa, OK, comprising more than 100 of the 312 lots in this year's auction.

The inclusion of the Parker collection brings these works full circle from Parker's purchase of them over the years. Marilyn and Troy Murray, who founded and ran Troy's Cowboy Art Gallery in Scottsdale, guided Parker in developing his collection. Their son-in-law, Brad Richardson of Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ, Bozeman, MT, and Jackson, WY, is one of the three influential dealers-along with Michael Frost of J.N. Bartfield Galleries in New York City and Jack A. Morris Jr. of Morris & Whiteside Galleries in Hilton Head, SC-who founded the Scottsdale Art Auction in 2005.

The Parker collection includes, among other notable works, three paintings by Robert Abbett featured in the book A Season for Painting: The Outdoor Art of Robert K. Abbett; several exceptional oils and pen-and-ink works by Olaf Wieghorst, who painted in the vein of Charles Russell; and a fine ink wash from Russell himself, HAPPY COWBOY, valued at $60,000 to $90,000.

Other works in the auction include a Russell watercolor titled IN THE NICK OF TIME, portraying an Anglo cowboy firing a gun toward a bear, valued at $250,000 to $300,000. Works from legendary artists such as Nicolai Fechin, Gerard Delano, William R. Leigh, Frederic Remington, and Joseph Henry Sharp, and an unusual N. …

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