Figurative landscape oil painting on canvas by the Latvian-born German painter Johann Valters-Walter Kurau (1869-1932), in a gilded frame, 62.5 inches by 61.5 inches (est. $ 50,000 to 100 $ 000).
Helm Auction, Inc.

EL CAJON, Calif .– Helms Auction, Inc.’s Tribal & Native American Summer Shindig scheduled for Saturday, July 7, is filled with over 460 lots of Navajo weaves and Pueblo pottery; pre-Columbian artefacts; prehistoric arrowheads and other stone tools; Oceanian, African and Chinese tribal artefacts; 20th century Native American and Mexican jewelry and more.

The online-only auction will begin at 1:15 p.m. EST. All lots can be viewed and bid now, through the and platforms, as well as the Helm Auction website,, which is powered by Auction Mobility and offered on the Apple Store. and Google Play by search “Helm Auction”. Offers from absent will be accepted.

“With the many fine items in the catalog, we encourage people to bid early and bid often so they don’t miss a thing,” said Diane Harvey, owner of Helm Auction. Auctioneer Craig Helm added, “We will not reduce any sale prices during the live auction. Leaving your mail order auctions is the best way to ensure you come out a winner, as we accept auctions on multiple platforms.

With a presale estimate of $ 50,000 to $ 100,000, an original figurative landscape oil on canvas by Latvian-born German painter Johann Valters-Walter Kurau (1869-1932) is a good candidate for the first lot in the sale. at auction. The painting, housed in a gilded frame measuring 62 ½ inches by 61 ½ inches, was returned circa 1900 and signed in Cyrillic (custom of Latvian artists) by Valters.

A horse headrest made in New Mexico circa 1940 from leather, steel and sterling silver, with an ox pattern on top of the bridle (estimated at $ 4,000 to $ 8,000) is also expected to attract interest. and a pre-Columbian bird figure with a parrot face, large eyes and a three-step feathered crest, made in Costa Rica, measuring 15 ¾ inches tall on a custom heavy metal stand (est. $ 3,000 to $ 5,000).

Pre-Columbian bird figurine with parrot face, big eyes and three-stage feathered crest, made in Costa Rica, measuring 15.75 inches (est. $ 3000 – $ 5000).
Helm Auction, Inc.

A 1930s Chemehuevi Basket, made from Willow and Devil’s Claw and made in the Mojave Desert, measures 8 inches by 7 inches and is a museum and investment grade basket (est. $ 3,000 to $ 6,000 ). Also, a transitional Navajo weave made of wool and dye in New Mexico in the 1890s, offering multiple colors and 95 ½ inches by 70 inches, is expected to fetch between $ 3,500 and $ 7,000.

A giant pre-Columbian Mezcala two-story temple, made of granite circa 500 BCE in Guerrero, Mexico and measuring 12 inches high, one of the largest ever seen, carries a robust pre-sale estimate of $ 5,000 to $ 10,000. An even older piece – an Olmec male figure from around 800 BCE in green jadeite stone – was made in Veracruz, Mexico and is 7½ inches tall. It should cost $ 2,500 to $ 5,000.

A large Blackfoot Indian parfleche case cylinder, made of hide in the 1860s or 1870s, has upper and lower discs present, old natural pigments, and measures 24 inches by 8 inches (est. $ 1,250 – 2 $ 500). In addition, a prehistoric carved whale figure from Chumash made of soapstone and shell inlays, measuring 5 ¼ inches high and found in Santa Barbara, California, is expected to fetch $ 500 to $ 1,500.

Rounding out a few of the expected highlights of the auction, an ancient Chinese Qing Dynasty cabinet, about 140 years old, made of wood and measuring 43 ¼ inches (est. $ 1,500 to $ 3,000 ).

A 22% buyer’s premium will be applied to all winning bids. No return. Previews are by appointment only and can be done by emailing Helm Auction, [email protected], or calling (619) 440-0320. Absentee bids can also be emailed to the same address or by post to Helm Auction, 772 Jamacha Rd., Ste. 303, El Cajon, CA 92019 (articles are not at this address).

Helm Auction, Inc. is an online auction company specializing in Native American and Tribal Artifacts. It is owned by Diane Harvey and Craig P. Helm, Sr. Diane is originally from the Northwestern United States and has always been drawn to Native American art and jewelry. Craig is the artifact expert and auctioneer of Helm Auction and has collected Native American artifacts throughout his adult life.

For more information on Helm Auction, Inc. and the July 7 Tribal & Native American Summer Shindig Online Auction, please visit

Navajo transitional weave made of wool and dye in New Mexico in the 1890s, offering several colors and 95.5 inches by 70 inches (est. $ 3,500 – $ 7,000).
Helm Auction, Inc.

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