Category Archives: Firearms and Military

Premier Estate and Firearms Auction on October 28th to 30th

On October 28th to 30th, 2017, Reata Pass presents one of their best auctions ever. This auction is up for live and absentee bidding through iCollector.com and will be broadcasting live from Humbolt, Arizona with a fully interactive audio and video experience for the online bidders. All sessions will begin at 11AM Pacific Time each day. This auction brings over 2000 lots of firearms, knives, antiques, fine art, jewelry, bronzes, and much more.

Lot 95 opens an opportunity to bid on a stunning Colt 1911 US Army revolver. Opening for bidding at $2500, the full description is as follows:

“Minty early production U.S. military semi-automatic service pistol chambered in .45 Automatic, circa 1913. Features it’s original blued finish, 5″ barrel marked “P” & “H”, low-profile blade front sight, dovetailed ‘u’ notched rear window sight, “UNITED STATED PROPERTY” marked frame with “WGP” inspector mark, thumb safety, beavertail grip safety, smooth trigger, checkered wide hammer spur, push button magazine release, 7 round two-tone magazine with lanyard loop, smooth straight mainspring housing with lanyard loop and two piece double diamond checkered walnut grips. Pistol exhibits approximately 94% of it’s original blued finish showing light muzzle wear, some scattered scratches, slide wear on the barrel and some light wear on the front strap & back of the mainspring housing/frame. Action is smooth, bore is pristine and wood grips are very good+. Condition is excellent ***C&R Firearm*** ***Modern Firearm***’

On the 2nd day, a Fine Art Lithograph from Paul Klee hits the auction block at Lot 701 with an opening bid of $6000. The full and detailed description is as follows:

“by noted artist Paul Klee hand signed in pen lower right hand corner. Entitled Lady Apart. Image size is 11″X9″. In metallic frame. A Swiss-born painter and graphic artist, Paul Klee was born on December 18, 1879, in Munchenbuchsee, Switzerland, into a family of musicians. His personal, often gently humorous works are filled with allusions to dreams, music, and poetry, and are difficult to classify. Primitive art, surrealism, cubism, and children’s art all seem blended into his small-scale, delicate paintings, watercolors, and drawings. Klee grew up in a musical family and was himself a violinist. His childhood love of music was always to remain important in his life and work. From 1898 to 1901, Klee studied in Munich, first with Heinrich Knirr, then at the Kunstakademie under Franz von Stuck. Upon completing his schooling, he traveled to Italy in the first of a series of trips abroad that nourished his visual sensibilities. While in Italy (1901-02), he responded enthusiastically to Early Christian and Byzantine art. He settled in Bern in 1902. Klee’s early works are mostly etchings and pen-and-ink drawings. These combine satirical, grotesque, and surreal elements, and some reveal the influence of Francisco de Goya and James Ensor, both of whom Klee admired. Two of his best-known etchings, dating from 1903, are ‘Virgin in a Tree’ and ‘Two Men Meet, Each Believing the Other to Be of Higher Rank’. Such peculiar, evocative titles are characteristic of Klee, and give his works an added dimension of meaning. After his marriage in 1906 to the pianist Lili Stumpf, Klee settled in Munich, then an important center for avant-garde art. That same year he exhibited his etchings for the first time. His friendship with the painters Wassily Kandinsky and August Macke prompted him to join Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), an expressionist group that contributed much to the development of abstract art. A turning point in Klee’s career was his visit to Tunisia with Macke and Louis Molliet in 1914. He was so overwhelmed by the intense light there that he wrote: “Color has taken possession of me; no longer do I have to chase after it, I know that it has hold of me forever. That is the significance of this blessed moment. Color and I are one. I am a painter”. In 1920, a major Klee retrospective was held at the Galerie Hans Goltz, Munich; his Schöpferische Konfession was published; he was also appointed to the faculty of the Bauhaus. Klee taught at the Bauhaus in Weimar from 1921 to 1926 and in Dessau from 1926 to 1931. During his tenure, he was in close contact with other Bauhaus masters, such as Kandinsky and Lyonel Feininger. In 1924, the Blaue Vier, consisting of Lyonel Feininger, Jawlensky, Kandinsky, and Klee, was founded. Among his notable exhibitions of this period were his first in the United States at the Société Anonyme, New York, in 1924; his first major show in Paris the following year at the Galerie Vavin-Raspail; and an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1930. Klee went to Düsseldorf to teach at the Akademie in 1931, shortly before the Nazis closed the Bauhaus. Forced by the Nazis to leave his position in Düsseldorf in 1933, Klee settled in Bern the following year. Seventeen of his works were included in the Nazi exhibition of “degenerate art,” Entartete Kunst, in 1937. Major Klee exhibitions took place in Bern and Basel in 1935 and in Zurich in 1940. Klee died on June 29, 1940, in Muralto-Locarno, Switzerland.”

A great piece in the third day is a large arrowhead collection available at Lot 1254. There are many small and medium sized arrowheads as well as 5 metal ones. This is a value buy for collectors and there are some beautiful photos for viewing in the online catalog.

Full descriptions and photos are available for viewing in the online catalog. Bidding at a Reata Pass Auction is always brisk and active, so bidders are encouraged to register early and place their bids ahead of time if they cannot be online during the live auction. Over 2000 lots will sell to the highest bidder and very few, if any, remain unsold by the end of the auction so get into the action today.

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