Gunsmoke’s Gun for Hire

James-arnez_revolver_gunsmoke_auctionsThe U.S. Army’s sidearm of choice from 1873 to 1892, the Colt.45 single action Army revolver, found new fans when Marshal Matt Dillon, played by James Arness, wielded one on the CBS Gunsmoke series that ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975. Not surprising then that one of his Colts from the popular series came out as the top Hollywood collectible lot at High Noon, bidding in at $50,000.

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American Gardens of Eden

CW_albert-biestadt-painting_christiesAlbert Bierstadt almost closed the year 2013 without hitting the million-dollar mark.

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The Best of Art & Collectibles 2014

Best-of--2014-art-collectablesFast-riding, fearless and skilled in frontier warfare, the earliest Texas Rangers were first a deadly band of irregulars and then hardened lawmen tracking outlaws. Genuine Texas Ranger photographs are rarities because they were not taken for public consumption; these company images and portraits stayed with the Rangers and their families.

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Did Custer Die in This Coat?

custers-fringed-death-jacketOne must draw their own conclusion regarding the history of this jacket based on the documentation!” Rock Island Auction told collectors in its description of the lot that the Dietzen family claimed was the coat George A. Custer had died in at the 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn.

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Tracks that Speak

Southern-Cheyenne_Kiowas_Northern-Plains-beaded-moccasinsOld West novelist and journalist Emerson Hough called the moccasin “one of the most interesting articles of all the Indian gear.”

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