Popular ‘Treasure Detective’ pays visit to Scottsdale auction house

With nearly 25 years of experience as an antiques dealer and forgeries expert, Curtis Dowling is highly respected as a leading International authority in his field. He is the presenter of the hit series “Treasure Detectives,” which airs on CNBC Prime Time.

With nearly 25 years of experience as an antiques dealer and forgeries expert, Curtis Dowling is highly respected as a leading International authority in his field. He is the presenter of the hit series “Treasure Detectives,” which airs on CNBC Prime Time.

The Old West comes alive Jan. 22 during a popular “Western Americana Auction” hosted by Scottsdale-based J. Levine Auction & Appraisal.

Notable items hitting the auction block include a gun owned by Wyatt Earp, Annie Oakley’s Wild West show gloves, a Russian dagger that was presented to Buffalo Bill, Western art and more.

Adding to the excitement of the auction is a special visit from Curtis Dowling, the British international fake and forgeries expert and star of CNBC’s reality show, “Treasure Detectives.”

This dagger was presented in 1873 to Buffalo Bill Cody by Alexander the First, Czar of Russia, for his treatment of the Grand Duke Alexis during a buffalo hunt in 1872.

This dagger was presented in 1873 to Buffalo Bill Cody by Alexander the First, Czar of Russia, for his treatment of the Grand Duke Alexis during a buffalo hunt in 1872.

Mr. Dowling will be at the auction house during the free public preview, which takes place 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21. In honor of his first visit to Arizona, J. Levine will serve tea and scones in the afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m.

Josh Levine, owner of J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, recently hired Mr. Dowling to consult with the auction house when an item’s authenticity comes into question. A leading international authority in his field with more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Dowling has worked with investors, museums and private art companies to confirm the authenticity of art and antiques and investigate lost or stolen treasures.

“Many people wonder how an original piece of art from a renowned artist or a valuable, ancient antique could wind up in Arizona, but it makes sense to find treasures there since so many savvy collectors move there for the climate,” Mr. Dowling said.

“I’m looking forward to getting a taste of the Old West during the auction and seeing the fine art for Josh’s upcoming auctions.”

Mr. Levine said people continue to be fascinated with Western lore and the romance of the American frontier.

“In this digital age, the Old West represents an exciting time of discovery, filled with legendary characters who played a pivotal role in shaping our country’s borders and spirit,” he said.

Items included in the auction:

  • Wyatt Earp Gun: Estimated value between $50,000 and $100,000.
  • Annie Oakley’s Wild West Show Gloves: Estimated value between $8,000 and $12,000.
  • Czar of Russia Presentation Dagger to Buffalo Bill: Estimated value between $6,000 and $8,000. From the lifetime collection of “Bill” Sharkey of Reno, Nev. (Sharkey’s Nugget Casino) and was previously displayed in the casino’s museum.

The public can bid online, via phone and at J. Levine’s auction house, which is located at 10345 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Interested bidders also can preview items from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21 and again starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22 before the auction begins at 11 a.m.

For information, visit www.jlevines.com or call 480-496-2212.

A Colt 45 that belonged to Wyatt Earp will be among the items auctioned.

A Colt 45 that belonged to Wyatt Earp will be among the items auctioned.

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