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T. Boone Pickens' estate and art up for grabs in 2 auctions, one in Dallas

T. Boone Pickens' estate up for grabs in 2 auctions, one in Dallas

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"Flags on the Frontier," Howard Terpning (2001). Photo courtesy of Christie's

One year after his death, valuables from the estate of billionaire T. Boone Pickens are up for sale in two auctions: one currently ongoing in Dallas, and another slated for October by esteemed auction house Christie's.

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Dallas-based J. Garrett Auctioneers is hosting a four-day online auction that ends on September 15.

The auction, which began September 12, is being held via and, with phone and absentee bids accepted. Auction time on September 15 begins at 11 am.

Over the course of four days, more than 2,300 lots were slated to come up for bid, featuring original paintings, sculptures, religious icons, statuary, furniture, and household goods.

High-ticket items such as etchings by Picasso and Rembrandt and portraits of British royalty were sold in the first half of the event.

But for low-rollers, the final day has all sorts of items in the $100 range including furniture, paintings, tea sets, pottery, and statues of birds. Lots of birds. Someone in the Pickens clan was super-duper into birds.

New York auction house Christie's will host The Legend of the West: Iconic Works from the T. Boone Pickens Collection on October 28.

There are approximately 75 pieces being auctioned off that include not only paintings and sculptures, but also watches and cufflinks.

According to a release, the collection spans a century of Western American history, featuring works by iconic artists of the Old West, including Frederic Remington, Thomas Moran, and N.C. Wyeth, as well as contemporary Western painters such as Howard Terpning and G. Harvey.

The works are expected to sell for more than $15 million.

Tylee Abbott, an American art specialist at Christie's, says in a statement that the works assembled by Pickens were "an extension of himself, a kind of self-portrait of the collector."

"The art with which he chose to surround himself consistently depicts the bold, strong-willed personages of the West and the endurance of the American spirit," Abbott said.

Pickens grew up in Oklahoma, but died in his Dallas home on September 11, 2019 at the age of 91.

Mesa Vista Ranch, his enormous property in Pampa, in West Texas, has been on the market since 2017.