Seeley Sale

NOTE: THIS SALE HAS CLOSED. We present it here as a record of our services.

Friday, March 1 – Tue, March 5, 2024
9:00am – 3:00pm each day
563 Diehl Drive | Helena, MT | Map
Questions? Please call: 406-202-1814

The estate sale of Nelson “Jack” Seeley, and his wife, Eve, March 1 through March 5, is one of the most significant offerings of western art, antiques, and collectibles that Helena has seen for many years.

Nelson Seeley lived 102 full years. Among his career accomplishments he served as Assistant District Director of the IRS in Arizona and IRS Montana Director. Nelson and Eve Seeley built a rental property business and participated fully in community and philanthropic causes. During the 1970s, Nelson developed a passion for Western Art, especially the art of his friend Robert Morgan.

One of the precious J.L. Clarke wood carvings was purchased by Eve in the 1960s as she left the Helena Buttrey’s store following a shopping trip. Clarke, of the Blackfeet tribe, was sitting outside carving and she purchased two of his works for $5 each.

The five-day-long estate sale will feature original art works and bronzes from artists like J.L. Clarke, R.F Morgan, Tucker Smith, Bob Scriver, Joe Halko, Becky Eiker, Gary Schildt, Joseph Bohler, Dennis Grismer, Ace Powell, Jessica Zemsky, Gary LaFountain, King Kuka, Sheryl Bodily, Sherry Sander, John Wheeler, and Arlene Hooker Faye.

There are two Tucker Smith oils and Zemsky gouaches. John Weaver’s work includes a desk size casting of the Helena “Bullwhacker” and a large bronze called “Turning the Leader.” Plus, Salvador Dali is represented with 4 signed etchings.

You’ll also see a large selection of early turquoise jewelry, kachinas, artifacts, rugs, books, furniture and many Ducks Unlimited prints and decoys from artists like Terry Redlin. Eve Seeley collected Dresden, Waterford, Lenox and china. Also offered are several Sascha Brastoff mid-century pieces, a variety of tall floor vases, including cut crystal, porcelain and cloisonne. Furniture includes a large Jasper china cabinet, Victorian parlor pieces, a poker/pool table and more. There are life size deer in the back yard, a school bell and a brass Navy bell, a small slot machine/trade stimulator and many other collectibles.

For his golfing friends at Green Meadow, there are prints of the iconic 5th hole and many of the golf balls Nelson collected from the willows and brush during his searches on the course.

This is an estate sale, but it’s also a tribute to the Seeleys and their beautiful collections, and also to Morgan and the other Montana artists the Seeleys supported for many years.

Photo Gallery (updated: 2/27/24)

Instructions: We’ve organized pieces into categories. Click a thumbnail to launch the category gallery, then use the arrows (or your keyboard’s arrow keys) to navigate. Click the “X” in the upper right any time to return to this page. Also in the upper right, be sure notes are toggled “On” for information about pieces (when available).

Sculpture and 3D

Paintings, Prints, and 2D

Collections and Other

About The Author

Crystal and Dave Shors have operated Missouri River Chronicle Antiques and Estate Sales in Helena, Montana for nearly 30 years. They are knowledgeable collectors and curators with a special affinity for the Queen City.
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