Art Sale Grosses $1.3 Million
Written by Andrew-Rossi on October 1, 2018
By the time the gavel dropped on the last piece of art during the 37th annual Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, more than a million dollars’ worth of western art had been sold.
The gross revenue from the event, produced by the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, is estimated at $1.3 million dollars, including ticket sales and sponsorships. Over 750 people attended both the live auction and dinner, Friday, Sept. 21 and the Quick Draw, Saturday Sept. 22.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tina Hoebelheinrich says that the event takes a tremendous amount of manpower, and expressed her gratitude for the team at the Chamber of Commerce, as well as to the numerous volunteers that offer their time and energy to put the show on every year.
The live auction, though, isn’t the only event that generates buzz – and revenue – in Cody during the week of Rendezvous Royale. Hoebelheinrich says that this year’s art walk on Thursday evening was a tremendous success.
The Center of the West receives 60% of the net proceeds from the Buffalo Bill Art Show and Sale, and the Chamber of Commerce retains 40%, with artist’s compensation ranging from 50-70% of the sale price depending on the event.