Original painting for the 2014 Calgary Stampede poster garners $125,000 bid

Calgary - Hundreds of art enthusiasts gathered for the 32nd Annual Western Art Auction to bid on over 100 pieces of western themed art by artists from all over the world. The most sought after item during the auction was the original painting for the 2014 Calgary Stampede poster by Adeline Halvorson which sold for a $125,000. 


The painting honours the heavy horse, a symbol of strength, endurance and grace.Halvorson’s original artwork depicts a working horse with a calm, gentle disposition conveyed by its kind eye.


The total dollar figure of Thursday’s winning bids will be available tomorrow.


The promotion of western art has always been a component of the Calgary Stampede. The Stampede has hosted regular art exhibitions since the 1930s.


About the Calgary Stampede

As we enter our second century, the Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west.  The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned 10-day Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together; we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and promotes western heritage and values.  All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.