Last year an auctioneer entertained and sold to a virtual audience. Art collectors from all over bid online, by phone, or absentee for renowned works in the Jackson Hole Art Auction.

Virtual bidding is still an option this year, but the Jackson Hole Art Auction and the Center for the Arts are welcoming seasoned collectors and budding art enthusiasts back into the auditorium for the joy of live bidding and a chance to win some of the best art in the country.

Auctioneer Jason Brooks will take to the stage alongside over 340 works of art, one of the auction’s most diverse offerings in its 15 years of sales.

Maryvonne Leshe and Roxanne Mowery of Trailside Galleries, along with Gerald Peters of Gerald Peters Gallery, host the event.

“This year, to welcome everyone back is wonderful,” Mowery said. “We have collectors who have attended the sale since its beginning 15 years ago.”

This year, the auction received over 30 works from the famous collection of T. Boone Pickens, as well as paintings from the highly sought-after corporate collection of Eddie Basha Jr. In the collection is a major historical painting by John Clymer and a masterwork by Howard Terpning estimated to sell for between $700,000 and $1 million.

The auction will also feature important works by E. M. Hennings, Oscar E. Berninghaus and G. Harvey. Wildlife artists Carl Rungius and Bob Kuhn also play major roles in this year’s sale.

“For those who have followed the artists throughout their careers and collected their work, the auction is not just a chance to attain new pieces, it’s an opportunity to connect with other collectors,” Mowery, an art collector herself, said. “JHAA is a destination auction that draws people both nationally and internationally to Jackson Hole.”

The auction kicks off Friday, Sept. 17, at noon with the first session featuring a curated collection of work for the emerging collector. Session II follows on Saturday, the 18th, when the paramount pieces go up for sale.

The artwork can be previewed now at the showroom at 130 E. Broadway, and select highlights can be seen online at JacksonHoleArtAuction.com.

Those who cannot make it to Jackson to bid in person can do so virtually through a free app, online or via telephone or absentee. Last year digital operations were so successful more than 92% of the artwork sold. 

“We have collectors who have attended the sale since its beginning 15 years ago.” — Roxanne Mowery Trailside Galleries

Contact Evan Robinson-Johnson at 732-5901 or ERJ@jhnewsandguide.com.

Evan Robinson-Johnson covers issues residents face on a daily basis, from smoky skies to housing insecurity. Originally from New England, he has settled in east Jackson and avoids crowds by rollerblading through the alleyways.

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