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Navajo Child’s Blanket Leads $1.28 Million Native Art Auction

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A Native American art auction brought in $1.28 million for Bonhams in San Francisco, California on December 3 with a Navajo child’s blanket taking the top spot selling for $60,000.

“Perhaps one of the most pleasing blankets of the Fred Harvey collection at Albuquerque is the old bayeta blanket,” reads the piece’s provenance. “In all my experiences among the Navajos I have seen very few blankets of this type… This blanket is undoubtedly of the very earliest type and will go back fully one hundred and fifty to two hundred years, and although it has seen exceedingly rough usage, as all saddle blankets are subject to, it is almost as perfect today as when it left the hands of the original weaver.”

This Yokut "gambling" tray sold for $22,500.

A number of other weavings sold at the auction as well, including a Navajo Two Gray Hills rug by master weaver Grace Nez for $11,875 and a Navajo late classic chief’s blanket for $17,500.

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An Allan Houser green-grey steatite stone sculpture of a Pueblo woman sold for $22,500 and a Yokut polychrome “gambling” tray sold for the same.

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