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John Buxton has been in the antiques and appraisal business for more than 48 years. A graduate of Tulane University, he has traveled extensively throughout Africa, South America, India, Pakistan, Iran, and the Middle East. In 1974, he established The Bahraini Chest, an import shop in Dallas, Texas. Two years later he opened Shango Galleries, dealing in African, pre-Columbian, South Pacific, and Native American Art.

 In 1990, he created a computer database, AuctionTrak, for the appraisal, research, evaluation, and authentication of tribal art sold at auction in the United States and Europe. A year later, he founded and incorporated ArtTrak, Inc., an art services computer network. Since 2004, Buxton has offered the free ArtTrak newsletter for tribal art. Mr. Buxton is a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property with the International Society of Appraisers, which is one of the largest personal property appraisal organization in the United States. Mr. Buxton is one of a few appraisers who have qualified at the highest levels with expertise in tribal art.

 Mr. Buxton is a former national director for the International Society of Appraisers and has been a tribal art appraiser on the highly acclaimed PBS television show, Antiques Roadshow, since its inception in the United States in 1996. Expert witness, appraisal review, purchase consultation, and collection management are among some of the services offered by his company. Contact 972-239-4620/office or 214-789-4695/cell.

 In the Spring of 2023,  ArtTrak will hold a private auction of selected works of Pre-Columbian and Southwest Native American art.  Participation is by invitation only. If you would like to participate, or if you are considering selling special works of art in these areas, contact John Buxton at 214-789-4695 or his email at


6717 Spring Valley Rd Dallas, Texas 75254


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