Native lithograph signed by T.C. Cannon sells for $12,500 at Reno auction |

Native lithograph signed by T.C. Cannon sells for $12,500 at Reno auction

Special to First Nation’s Focus
This lithograph on paper signed by the important Native American artist Tommy Wayne (“T.C.”) Cannon (1946-1978), titled "Waiting for the Bus, Andarko Princess," sold for $12,500.
Photo: Uwe Nikoley

RENO, Nev. — A spectacular lithograph on paper signed by famed Native American artist Tommy Wayne (“T.C.”) Cannon, titled “Waiting for the Bus, Andarko Princess,” sold for $12,500 at the 2019 Wigwam Auction — a celebration of the country’s Great Basin Native American heritage — which took place March 7-11 in Reno.

The auction was conducted in the Holabird Western Americana Collections at 3555 Airway Drive (Suite #308), as well as online via and

Headlining the event was the Moe and Mary Royels Great Basin Wigwam Collection. The items in the Royels’ collections reflect the rich history the state of Nevada enjoys in the unique place known as the Great Basin. A number of items (mainly dresses) were made especially for Mary Royels, plus a few for Moe, by local Paiute friends. The collections included baby baskets, beaded baskets, art depicting early man in the Great Basin by William Moore, stone artifacts, moccasins and stone projectile points.

The T.C. Cannon lithograph, from 1978, was the auction’s top lot. Depicting a woman seated on a bench waiting for a bus, it was signed, numbered (#24/125) and embossed by the artist.

The print was housed in a double mat frame, 37 inches by 30 inches. Another litho of the same work is on display at the Smithsonian Institute. Cannon, from Oklahoma, was a member of the Kiowa Tribe, died in May 1978.

Over the course of the five-day event, the auction featured hundreds of lots of memorabilia, including rare vintage bottles, saloon items, cowboy collectibles, firearms and weaponry, gaming collectibles and plenty of numismatic items, such as books, checks, coins, dies, ephemera, medals, “so-called” dollars, tokens and much, much more.

Some other notable transactions include:

$6,562 for a group of 10 orange Republic of China 6% two-year secured gold loan treasury notes from 1919.

$3,125 for an ancient, 15-inch-diamater cooking basket found in northwest Nevada 50 years ago, never buried.

$2,875 for a hand-woven Navajo rug with a tribal design, made by America’s Natives from the Russell Foutz Indian Room in Farmington, New Mexico.

$2,625 for a collection of 40 red Imperial Chinese government railway 100-pound bonds, issued in 1911 by the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corp. in London.

$2,500 for a vintage Navajo Squash Blossom necklace boasting 16 beautiful turquoise nuggets from the No. 8 mine in Eureka County, Nevada.

Holabird Western Americana Collections hosts several auctions throughout the year; to consign a single piece or a collection, call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, you can e-mail him at

To learn more about Holabird Western Americana and the firm’s upcoming events, visit


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