Collectibles

Remington’s Second Life

The Jackson Hole Art Auction reminds collectors of other treasures crafted by the master artist.

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Not many collectors know that Frederic Remington was a novelist. Because he earned his living as an artist, he had the luxury of portraying the West more truthfully in prose than his contemporaries who tended to romanticize it.

The work that best epitomizes this is his novel John Ermine of the Yellowstone, which is a parody of other frontier tales, such as James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans and Bret Harte’s short story “The Luck of Roaring Camp.” A painting of Remington’s lead character sold as the top Western art lot at the Jackson Hole Art Auction in Wyoming on September 15, 2012.

Wyoming served as a perfect backdrop for the sale of this painting because the book was set in its environs. Published in 1902, the novel...

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