The Flagstaff Cultural Partners in collaboration with the Museum of Northern Arizona will host the Summer Navajo Rug Auction on
Saturday June 23, 2012
At the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Over 200 weavings from a great variety of artists!
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2012 Summer Navajo Rug Auction
Saturday, June 23, 2012 • Museum of Northern Arizona • Flagstaff, AZ
Public Preview 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Auction 2–5 p.m.
(Flagstaff, AZ)—In collaboration with Flagstaff Cultural Partners (FCP), the Museum of Northern
Arizona (MNA) will host the summer Navajo Rug Auction on Saturday, June 23, 2012 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 20 through
Friday, June 22, 2012, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Experts will be on hand to view and
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.
Specialists and experts in the field of Native art and Navajo weaving will be on-site to identify
handspun, hand-carded, and vintage pieces, versus acrylic yarns, to ensure quality items and
prices for the auction. Information on how to evaluate and buy Navajo rugs will also be available.
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.
Navajo rug auctions are also an excellent opportunity to learn more about Native art. Before the
auction, you can hold rugs in your hands and appreciate them up close. Detailed information and
discussion about a specific piece, artist, and other aspects of the weavings will be available before
and after the auction by experts in the field of Navajo weaving and culture. It is important to note
that auctions allow weavers to obtain an immediate and higher return for their work.
Call (928) 774-5213 or visit musnaz.org or culturalpartners.org for more information.