Originally Published: March 16, 2018 6 a.m.
The Smoki Museum has hundreds of historic and contemporary Navajo rugs and pieces of authentic Native American art for its 21st annual Spring Indian Art and Navajo Rug Auction this weekend.
There are 100 pieces of art available for auction at a special preview event Friday, March 16, said Smoki Museum Executive Director Cindy Gresser. The preview starts at 5 p.m. and the mini auction starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, the preview goes from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and the auction of 300 rugs and 100 more pieces of art starts at noon. Anything not sold Friday will be auctioned Saturday, Gresser said.
Last fall’s auction sold more than $100,000 in rugs and Native American Art, she said. The number raised varies upon how many items are donated to the museum, but Gresser said she believes that number will be at least matched in this auction.
“This time, we’ve got a lot of donations and we’ve got an amazing number of rugs at no reserve,” she said. “That means that people can come in and start bidding on a rug that’s probably worth (more than) $1,000 and they can start the bidding wherever they want.”
One rare piece of art in this auction is a Guard Kachina, one which only appears occasionally, Gresser said, noting it’s her favorite three-dimensional object. As for rugs, it was hard to pick just one, but her favorite is a 60-70 year old Yei rug, she said.
It’s just a blessing the museum is able to get all the really unique items that go into the auction, Gresser said. Prescott residents have wonderful collections, she said.
“Every year, those little surprises seem to pop right out of the community and that’s really cool,” Gresser said, adding there has been a lot of excitement generated for this auction and there are a lot of people talking about it. “We have a great selection of items and some of these are priced lower than I’ve seen stuff priced in a long, long time.”
The Smoki Museum is located at 147 N. Arizona Ave and the auction is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.smokimuseum.org or call 928-445-1230.