16th Annual Cody Old West Show & Auction/3rd Annual ‘Rest of the Best Auction’ at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center Cody, Wyoming, June 23, 24, 25, 2005

CODY, Wyo., May 16 /PRNewswire/ — Summer in Cody, Wyoming has become the place to be for fans of the old west and historical antique collectors. The 16th annual Cody Old West Show and Auction offers a chance to the public to see, buy, sell, and trade the finest of the west with the top dealers in the world. The Thursday 400+ item auction offers the best in cowboy, cowgirl and Native American antiques and collectables along with fine western art and graphic memorabilia.

The show runs Friday and Saturday with a special early preview for the serious buyers on Thursday evening. This is the event to attend; the best of the west will be offered.

This year’s sale on the 23rd of June will feature many historic firearms including celebrity Colt Single Actions, Henry and Winchester rifles. Art by Will James, Nick Egenhoffer, Edward Borein, John Hauser and many other notable artists including Cowboy Artists of America members.

An important selection of Wild West material including items relating to William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, “Capt. Jack Crawford” and Pawnee Bill.

This year we are proud to offer some of the rarest early lithograph posters relating to Wild West Shows, and western movies. Tim McCoy, 101 Ranch, Wyoming Bill, Buffalo Bill, Hopalong Cassidy, and many others.

An important collection of photographs, “Wild Bill Hickok,” Annie Oakley, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill and others. Several fine 1880s beaded and quilled Native American items along with decorative as well as historic Indian textiles will be offered.

Items from an early Cody, Wyoming Trading Post “Harding’s Curio Store” have been found by the family and will be sold at the Thursday sale.

As always the mainstay of the Cody sale is the quality spurs, bits, saddles, chaps, hats and other cowboy or cowgirl regalia. Makers represented at this time include, G.S. Garcia, Visalia, Main & Winchester, F.A. Meanea, R.T. Frazier, Qualey Bros., G.A. Bischoff, Bohlin, and many other frontier greats.

The Friday evening festivities at the famous Buffalo Bill Historical Center include dinner and wine with a fun auction of western items including the best of contemporary makers of saddles, spurs, jewelry, leather tooling, and fine western art. There will be vintage items as well to keep the theme of the museum alive. The night will benefit the museum’s educational programs and reservations are needed.

The highlight of the Friday sale will be the very important collection from the Kriendler family, founders of the most celebrated restaurant in New York The “21″ Club. The items include Peter and Jack Kriendler’s personal gold & sterling Edward H. Bohlin Belt Buckles, some of the finest ever produced by the legendary craftsman.

Please check the web site at http://www.codyoldwest.com/ or http://www.bbhc.org/ or call for more information.

A full color 68+ page catalog will be available in early June and will include both auctions, send $30 to the address below or order online.

The show, as always will be the event of the year to meet collectors, dealers, and historians from all over the globe, all taking over the town to enjoy the American West.

The town of Cody and its residents epitomize western hospitality, and the whole family will enjoy the experience of this great weekend.

Cody offers a nightly rodeo, many fine restaurants, fun nightlife, and being only 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park it will be a trip to remember.

Travel to Cody is easy with both United and Delta Airlines serving the Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody. Make your plans early as we always have a full house. Contact the Cody Country Chamber for help and feel free to call us for help or recommendations.

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