Jun 22 2013
Navajo Rug Auction

Navajo Rug Auction

Presented by Flagstaff Arts Council and Museum of Northern Arizona at Museum of Northern Arizona

In collaboration with Flagstaff Cultural Partners (FCP), the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) will host the summer Navajo Rug Auction at the Museum of Northern Arizona. The auction will feature over 200 vintage and contemporary Navajo weavings from artists, consigners, and the R. B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post. Rug styles being auctioned include Two Grey Hills, Ganado, Teec Nos Pos, Ye’ii, Pictorial, Wide Ruins, Storm, Sandpainting, and Eyedazzler.

There will be a public preview of all the weavings the morning of the auction from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. The live auction begins at 2 p.m. and is free to the public. A portion of the proceeds from this event will provide support for Flagstaff Cultural Partners and the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Consignments will be accepted for the auctions. Artists and other consigners are invited to bring their Navajo weavings to the Museum of Northern Arizona from Wednesday, June 19 through Friday, June 21, 2013, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Experts will be on hand to view and select weavings.

The auction will be led by auctioneers from the R. B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post. Bruce Burnham and his family are well-known for their work in trading Native art of the Four Corners region for five generations. He has been a trader to the Navajo for over forty years and is also the auctioneer for the Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, Arizona. He and his wife Virginia own and operate the Burnham Trading Post and Collector’s Gallery in Sanders, Arizona, in the Navajo new lands. The Burnham family is known for their encouragement of innovation and quality in Navajo textiles, and Bruce Burnham’s expertise in buying, selling, and trading has earned him the respect of area collectors and peers nationwide.

Navajo rugs are a great investment. Historically, the value of rugs has appreciated with time, and in recent years, Navajo rugs have outdistanced many other investment options for their return on investment. The breadth of artists, styles, and bidding opportunities has made rug auctions an affordable way to purchase and collect high quality rugs. Rugs sell from twenty to several thousand dollars. Even if you do not buy anything, auction day is a great cultural experience.

Dates & Times

2013/06/22 - 2013/06/22

Additional time info:

There will be a public preview of all the weavings the morning of the auction from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. The live auction begins at 2 p.m. and is free to the public.

Location Info

Museum of Northern Arizona

3101 North Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001