Russell Museum announces its Western art sale raised $600K

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) – Officials with the C.M. Russell Museum say an art auction last month raised $605,000 for the museum. Internet live bidding was provided by LiveAuctioneers.com.

Executive Director Darrell Beauchamp says he couldn’t be happier. The amount is five times the donation the museum received after the 2009 Ad Club auction. The museum received $425,000 in 2008.

After last year’s smaller $121,000 donation, the museum decided to hold its own fundraiser. The Ad Club also held its art auction on the same weekend.

The museum auction sold $1.5 million in art while another auction, the March in Montana, sold $1.47 million. The Ad Club’s sales were $722,000, about half of its 2009 sales.

Ad Club Executive Director Sara Becker says she believes the club made money. The museum and the Ad Club have said they plan to hold separate auctions again in 2011.

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Information from: Great Falls Tribune, http://www.greatfallstribune.com

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ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Andy Thomas oil on canvas titled Stampede! Stampede!, 36 inches by 48 inches, sold for $88,000 inclusive of 10% buyer's premium in the March 20, 2010 auction benefiting the C.M. Russell Museum. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com Archive.

Andy Thomas oil on canvas titled Stampede! Stampede!, 36 inches by 48 inches, sold for $88,000 inclusive of 10% buyer’s premium in the March 20, 2010 auction benefiting the C.M. Russell Museum. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com Archive.