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14th Annual Navajo Rug Auction

Saturday, November 18, 2023 -
11:00am to 5:00pm
Prairie Star Restaurant, Santa Ana Pueblo
FREE and Open to All
R.B. Burnham & Company, of Sanders, Arizona
* Registration is not required but appreciated as it helps us plan the event *

Back by popular demand, the Annual Navajo Rug Auction is the Maxwell’s largest yearly fundraiser and is returning to the Prairie Star Restaurant at Santa Ana Pueblo. We welcome our continued working relationship with R.B. Burnham and Company of Sanders, AZ, which is now in its fifth generation of serving the Native people of the Southwest.

We look forward to welcoming back the Burnhams and their handpicked selection of more than 200 traditional and contemporary rugs and other artworks made by some of the finest weavers working today. The Rug Auction provides critical support for public programs and other museum efforts. Weavers receive 80% of the final bid price, so we hope you will come prepared to buy and support native artists and the Maxwell.

The event begins with a viewing from 11:00 am-1:00 p.m. The auction will start at 1:00 p.m. Whether you are a collector or just interested in learning about Navajo weaving and acquiring your first weaving or other Native artwork, the auction offers a great opportunity to view a variety of styles. It is fast moving, fun, and exciting. Browse, bid, and take home a unique handmade textile. Weavers received 80% of the final bid price, while the Maxwell Museum receives the 10% buyer's premium. The auction is on Santa Ana land; purchases are therefore not subject to sales tax.

In conjuction to our annual rug auction, the Maxwell will be hosting a silent auction featuring the items in the following catalog. Please note the silent auction starts on Friday, November 17 @ 5 PM, as part of our public  event, Silent Auction, Appraisal Clinic & Preview, but continues and concludes the next day in the context of the rug auction:

If you have an object you would like to donate to the auction or are interested in volunteering, please email us at or call Julián A. Carrillo at (505) 277-1400.