Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction arrives in Fort Worth.

By Susan Morrison

LebelThis saddle, built around 1890, is expected to auction for $60,000 to $80,000.

Collectors of spurs, bits, saddles, and all types of Western collectibles and art are converging on Fort Worth, Texas, this weekend for Brian Lebel’s Old West Show & Auction. The event moved from Denver, Colorado, where it had been held for many years, and welcomed exhibitors and guests with a party June 4 at Adobe Western Art Gallery in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Some of the top experts in Western antiques and collectibles will exhibit, buy and sell during the event, with 200 exhibitors expected. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 7. The auction will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday. All events are at the Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall at Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Among the auction highlights are a Loomis Saddlery saddle and matching tack accented with custom silver by Edwin Field, a Tiffany-trained artist. The saddle was commissioned by Santa Barbara, California, rancher Dixie Thompson, who rode it in many parades. It was made about 1890, and has an auction estimate of $60,000 to $80,000. Proceeds from its sale will benefit the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco’s acquisition funds. Other items include the Colt revolver that was taken from Frank Stilwell’s body after he was killed by Wyatt Earp; Plains Indian beadwork items; Annie Oakley memorabilia; and Western art.

Tickets are $10 at the gate or $8 online at oldwestevents.com.

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