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Lot 125: Gib Singleton (American, 1936-2014), Spirit of the Medicine Man

Est: $2,000 USD - $4,000 USDSold:
Leland Little AuctionsJune 11, 2022Hillsborough, NC, US

Item Overview


Gib Singleton (American, 1936-2014), Spirit of the Medicine Man

1997, patinated cast bronze, limited edition numbered 2/25, with incised signature in the casting near horse's left rear foot, presented on a rectangular wood plinth with engraved gallery plaque.
19 3/4 x 31 x 9 in,
Sante Fe based artist, Gilbert Jerome "Gib" Singleton is an internationally known figurative bronze sculptor of religious and Western themed works. Simultaneously influenced by the work of Donatello and Remington, the artist worked in a style he defined as "emotional realism."
Gib grew up in Missouri and Illinois to a family of sharecroppers. He was educated at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and later attended the Art Institute of Chicago. Gib won a Fulbright Fellowship to restore Renaissance art in Europe. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, and was later recruited by the Vatican Workshop.
The Gib Singleton Museum in Santa Fe was established to display approximately 150 bronzes he produced in his lifetime along with the 40 unreleased pieces. His works have been exhibited in various museums, including the Museum of Modern Art,The Vatican Museum in Rome, Italy; the National Art Museum, Tel Aviv; the Holocaust Museum; the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Accademia di Belle Arti, Florence, Italy; Singleton-Biss Museum of Fine Art; Yad Vashim Memorial, Jerusalem; among others.

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Artist or Maker

Condition Report

A few scattered white accretions to crevices, overall good estate condition.

Payment & Shipping

Accepted forms of payment: Money Order / Cashiers Check, Wire Transfer


Please refer to the complete Terms & Conditions of Sale

Auction Details

The Signature Summer Auction

Leland Little Auctions
June 11, 2022, 09:00 AM EST

620 Cornerstone Court, Hillsborough, NC, 27278, US


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Any and all disputes resulting or arising in connection with this sale shall be heard in the General Court of Justice of Orange County, North Carolina, as the sole and exclusive venue. In any such action, the prevailing party shall be entitled to an award of its costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, incurred in connection with such action.

This document will be interpreted under the laws of the State of North Carolina and the United States Code.

$0 - $1000: $50
$1,000 - $3,000 : $100
$3,000 - $5,000 : $200
$5,000 - $20,000 : $500
$20,000 - $100,000 : $1,000
$100,000 - $300,000 : $5,000
$300,000 - and up : $10,000

Credit Cards, continued

Credit cards will not be available for every purchase. Please refer to the complete Terms & Conditions of Sale regarding payment.

Shipping Terms

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