GREAT FALLS, MT C.M. RUSSELL MU­SEUM

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MARCH 16-17

The Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Ben­e­fit the

C.M. Russell Mu­seum

$5.17 mil­lion

The C.M. Russell Mu­seum hosted its 50th an­nual edi­tion of The Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Ben­e­fit the C.M. Russell Mu­seum on March 16 and 17, with four auc­tions over the course of two days. In all, the sales to­taled over $5,166,952, with the live auc­tion on March 17 be­ing the big­gest earner at $4,680,174. Dur­ing this auc­tion, works by the mu­seum’s name­sake Charles M. Russell were the most sought-af­ter. Not only did Russell works ac­count for eight of the top 10 lots, as well as a com­bined auc­tion to­tal of $3.2 mil­lion across a dozen pieces, the cow­boy artist also achieved the top lot, Buf­falo Hunt #17 (est. $1.25/1.75 mil­lion), which sold for $1,425,000.

Other top lots by Russell in­clude two bronzes—the rare Spirit of Win­ter (est. $400/600,000) that sold for $380,250 and A Bronc Twis­ter (est. $250/350,000) at $321,750—and a va­ri­ety of other pieces, in­clud­ing sev­eral wa­ter­col­ors, gouaches and a col­lec­tion of sil­ver-cast minia­ture sculp­tures. Out­side the Rus­sells, strong his­toric works in­cluded Joseph Henry Sharp’s Crow Camp (est. $80/120,000) that sold for $87,750 and Eanger Irv­ing Couse’s Fire­side In­dian (est. $50/75,000) that achieved $76,050, as well as works by O.C. Seltzer, John Fery, Edgar S. Pax­son and Ed­ward Bor­ein. res­i­dence—now at Tu­lane Uni­ver­sity; mu­rals for the D. H. Holmes de­part­ment Store; and pieces for the Shushan Air­port.the paint­ing, es­ti­mated at $30,000 to $50,000, be­came a world auc­tion record for the artist at $304,500.

Three rare and im­por­tant mu­rals by Cle­men­tine Hunter for the walls of

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