Our Favorite Art & Collectibles of 2012

What a grand year for Terpning fans.

For those collectors who can afford to spend a million and some change, this was a great year to score some fantastic pieces by Howard Terpning. The record-breaking Captured Ponies (above) hammered in for $1.7 million at Scottsdale Art Auction. (The auction house also sold Mystic Power of the War Shield for $1.3 million and Leader of Men for $850,000.)

Most of Terpning’s fans could not even come close to ponying up those dollars, but they could afford to shell out a few bucks for his retrospective, especially the first in more than a decade. And many of them did ... with much glee and anticipation. Nearly everyone who got a chance to see the nearly 100 pieces spanning 30 years, the majority of which came from private collections, left with one word: “overwhelming.” That show may very well have been the last of its kind for many years to come, if ever again. To top it off, Greenwich Workshop published a book featuring the artwork in the retrospective. So folks who couldn’t make the trip still got access to the incredible collection!

This past year, whether rich or poor, many of Terpning’s fans got a big bang for their bucks.

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