Wednesday, April 4, 2012

$1.9 Million Terpning at Scottsdale Art Auction and More!

"Captured Ponies" (c)Howard Terpning
The art of Howard Terpning continues to command the highest prices ever paid for the work of a living Western artist. On March 31, 2012, seven original paintings by Howard Terpning sold at the Scottsdale Art Auction for a total of over $5,000,000. The sales included Mystic Power of the War Shield for $1.7 million, Leader of Men for $975,000 and Captured Ponies for an astonishing $1,940,000. (Captured Ponies sold in 1977 for $7,000) (These record-setting prices include the buyers premium.)
         On the morning we spoke to Howard about this recent auction he was, of course, honored that his work could attract such attention. If you want to know the secret behind why his work has reached the strata it has, consider his closing thoughts: “Well, it is what it is and I’m hard at it again this morning."
Visit to see Terpning's new book Terpning: A Tribute to the Plains People and learn about his one man retrospective opening May 12 at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.