March 4, 2007 was the date of an auction at Treadway/Toomey's Twentieth Century (Oak Park, IL) that included the sale of a collection of Native American items from collectors in Chicago and Las Vegas.
According to observers, a polychrome Mission basket with an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000 sold for $30,000. Two other high bid items were two Apache ollas of 12 inches and 21 inches, respectively , garnering $18,000 and $15,000. A Shoshone Panamint basket went for $18,000. A Navajo Germantown rug realized a price of $15,000. A Nez Perce/Plateau rifle scabbard sold for $5,000.
A large Hopi water jar, attributed to Frog Woman, went for $5,500. A San Ildefonso bowl with a carved top reached $7,000. One of the stars of the lots offered was a matched pair of beaded Sioux bags which realized in excess of $20,000.
Auction always are good guides to the market value of Native American art objects.