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  • Writer's pictureMichael-Chase Strollo

Original Joseph Henry Sharp sells for over $31,000 in Goodwill auction

Updated: 4 days ago

Painting of Native American
Oil Painting by Joseph Henry Sharp of Jack Red Cloud

TAMPA –– An original oil painting by Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953) sold for over $31,000 on Goodwill's e-commerce auction website.

The painting, featuring Jack Red Cloud, son of Oglala Lakota leader Red Cloud, one of the most important Native American chiefs of the 19th century, generated significant interest among collectors, leading to a competitive bidding war.

"We are grateful to this donor, and many others, who support Goodwill by entrusting us with items like this painting," said a spokesperson for Goodwill. "Our ability to provide critical services that help our community are dependent on generous donors and the many shoppers that are looking to find something unique. To be connected to such an important work of art is humbling and gratifying knowing that the proceeds of this sale are helping so many people."

Measuring roughly 23 x 22 inches, the framed oil on canvas appears to be signed by Sharp in the lower right hand corner and on the reverse of the work.

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Sharp’s portrayal of Jack Red Cloud offers a glimpse into the life and visage of an important Native American leader. The attention to detail and respect in Sharp’s work provides a valuable cultural and historical record, making it a coveted piece for collectors and historians alike.

A prominent American painter best known for his portraits of Native Americans and depictions of the American West, Sharp was a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists. Spending much of his career in Taos, New Mexico, it was there he developed a deep connection with the Native American communities. His works are celebrated for their ethnographic accuracy and artistic mastery, capturing the essence and dignity of his subjects.

Sharp's works are currently on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. and have previously been auctioned by Coeur d’Alene Art Auction, selling between $50,000 and $1 million. His works have also been featured on the popular American PBS tv program "Antiques Roadshow" in 2023 and 2024.

The unexpected discovery truly underscores the hidden treasures that can be found in unlikely places and highlights the potential for non-profit organizations to benefit significantly from rare and valuable donations.

By: Michael-Chase Strollo, Digital Journalist

Art & History

Published: July 10, 2024 9:00 PM ET

Updated: July 11, 2024 9:40 AM ET

United States, Human Interest, American History


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