GREAT FALLS, MT C.M. RUSSELL MUSEUM
The Russell: An Exhibition and Sale to Benefit the
C.M. Russell Museum
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