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Would You Sell This Family Heirloom? You Won’t Believe How Much It Sold For!

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown October 2nd, 2014 Last Updated on: October 2nd, 2014

Back in 2012, there was quite a stir when Loren Krytzer brought in a rare Navajo blanket to be appraised and hopefully auctioned off. It was said that the blanket had been purchased back in 1870 by his great-great grandfather John Chantland, a Norwegian immigrant who had owned a dry goods store in Mayville, North Dakota. This blanket that had been in the family for one hundred and fifty years turned out to be a first phase chief's blanket, in which there are known to be fewer than 100 in existence. Since Krytzer was having money problems, selling this blanket couldn't have come at a better time. Watch to see how much the blanket went for.

So what do you think, would you have sold the blanket?

It looks like the highest bidder, Donald Ellis Gallery, is still in possession of the blanket. Hopefully they are taking great care of it.


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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.



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Vel Manuel

It’s great that this man was able to sell this blanket for his dire needs. He was very thankful. But no one said thank to the Navajo woman who wove this blanket. I’m sure it meant a lot to her too, but probably had needs too. Sadly, she most likely didn’t get squat for it. Were it not for a Navajo weaver this guy would not get 1.5 million.
Every blanket we weave is precious to us. We still have blankets woven by our great-grandmother from the 1800s and there is no way we would ever sell them.
This man was very fortunate. I’m very happy for him.

Maximus Brutus

According to Native American historians the bayeta first phase Navajo chiefs blankets such as this were some of the most expensive woven textiles in the world at the time it was sold worth as much as five ounces of gold to the Navajos that sold them to Anglos,
Mexicans and other Native American Indians.

Lynn Martin

Several Years ago. This blanket, was featured. On PBS’ Antiques Roadshow. If memory serves it’s projected worth. Was 1.5 Million. As an original antique artifact. So, I hope the sale was between. His family and a reputable history museam. That restores and displays it, properly.

carlton kraft

I have a medicine mans blanket i purchased about fifteen years ago for an estate broker. I am interested in finding what tribe it may be from and its value.I can forward a picture of it.

Sandra Wright

My first thought was no, he should not do it but after watching the video I think he did the right thing. It’s as if his family, the generations before him are taking care of him now in his need.

Gwen Kirkby

Normally I would say never sell but due to this mans health and financial circumstances I understand his reason for selling it. May the new owners cherish this beautiful part of Native American culture and history.

Sherry RedHawk

He did the right thing. The significance of the blanket was not known to him and his need was great. At the gallery, many will be blessed to see the blanket and to appreciate it for what it is. Blessings all the way around, thank you, Creator……

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