C.M. Russell art auction fundraiser tops $1.4M

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) – Unofficial tallies show the C.M. Russell Art Auction in Great Falls sold $1,466,930 worth of artwork on Friday and Saturday nights, the fifth-best weekend in the auction’s history.

Spirited bidding pushed one of Charlie Russell’s watercolors to $100,000 as the auction sold $807,700 worth of art Saturday night.

Since its inception in 1969, the auction has been a fundraiser for the C.M. Russell Museum. The Great Falls Ad Club, which sponsors the event, adds a 13 percent surcharge to the bid price (10 percent for cash and checks), then deducts its expenses from that total and donates the rest to the museum.

Over the years, the Ad Club has donated $5,579,342 to the museum through the auction, including $1,046,175 from the popular Quick Draw event.
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