Summer Art Auction - Western Art & Collectibles
Saturday, July 1st, 2006

Myron Wood photograph of Charles Bunnell
We are pleased to be handling the property of Shirley Bunnell McCullom, the last remaining heir to the Charles Bunnell estate. This project consists of over 1,000 items from his collection.

The heirs brought together the joint collaboration of The Art Bank of Colorado Springs and Best of the West Auctions. This joint venture has combined the passion for Colorado art of both companies and has facilitated the expertise and manpower to offer one of Colorado Springs’ most significant collections, representing the work of over 200 artists. The vast range of this collection spans his entire career beginning with his very first oil painting, (inscribed on the back in Bunnell’s own hand ”my first oil painting”), to some of his last works.  We will be selling this collection at a minimum of four auctions.

Charles Bunnell is arguably one of Colorado’s most important artists and instructors. Throughout his career, he was constantly exploring new ideas and ways to interpret his world artistically. From his realistic landscapes to his impressionistic paintings, modernism and cubism, his black and blue period, abstract expressionism and abstraction, Bunnell attained stature in a wide range of the art of his era.

One of the more interesting segments of this collection are the portraits of Charles Bunnell. Over 50 artists drew or painted Bunnell, over his lifetime, each capturing a unique and fascinating view of his persona. We hope to present these works at a public showing prior to their ultimate sale.

Please continue to watch our website for announcements of future opportunities for the collector of investment quality Colorado art.

Best of the West Auctions
P.O. Box 38057
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80937

Tad Bickley, CAI, CAGA
(719) 633-5270 or fax (719) 466-6502
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