Wright urn, historic saddles, other unusual objects up for sale

September 27, 2011 (CHICAGO)

"This is our Fine Furniture and Decorative Arts auction for the fall. One of our best auctions. We have highlights from the 17th century ... from around 1660 ... up until a few years ago," John Walcher, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, said.

The auction has all kinds of items, including a beautifully decorated box from around 1660 that was used to store needlework. It's expected to bring around $8,000. Another item, an urn designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1898 is expected to sell for much more.

"It's in for four to six hundred thousand and we're hoping to get a lot of interest," Walcher said.

The amazing collection is probably worth millions of dollars and includes ten historic saddles.

"Well, they go all the way back to the mid nineteenth century civil war era and all the way up to California in the mid twentieth," Mary Williams, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, said.

They are saddles that caused bottom blisters for about 100 years. But they are also works of art by master craftsmen. One was even made for the rich and famous.

"There is a saddle for Clark Gable made by Edward H. Bohlin ... who was the saddle maker to the stars. He did the saddles for the Lone Ranger and Roy Rogers," Williams said.

And what about that 10-foot tall wooden cigar store Indian? It comes from a trading post in Arizona from about 1900. It's carved out of one piece of wood and costs about $10,000.

Interested parties can scroll through the items at catalogues.lesliehindman.com. The auction is Sunday, October 2 and Monday, October 3 at 12 p.m.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers 1338 West Lake Street Chicago, IL 60607 312.280.1212 Fax: 312-280-1211 lesliehindman.com

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