Boisterous Bidding for C.M. Russell Watercolors

Charles Marion Russell (1864–1926), Roping a Steer, 12 x 18”, watercolor and pencil on paper, estimated $250,000–350,000
Charles Marion Russell (1864–1926), Roping a Steer, 12 x 18”, watercolor and pencil on paper, estimated $250,000–350,000
  • Charles Marion Russell (1864–1926), Indian on Horseback, 18 x 12”, watercolor and pencil on paper, estimated $250,000–350,000.

    Charles Marion Russell (1864–1926), Indian on Horseback, 18 x 12”, watercolor and pencil on paper, estimated $250,000–350,000.

A trio of original watercolors by iconic Western artist Charles Marion Russell topped $1 million at The Russell: the Sale to Benefit the C.M. Russell Museum auction on Saturday night in Great Falls, Montana.

Two works, "Waiting for Her Brave's Return" and "Roping a Steer," each wrangled $375,000, and Russell's watercolor, "Indian on Horseback," fetched $300,000.

A watercolor and pen-and-ink called "Center-Fire Man on a Bronc," estimated to bring up to $45,000, soared to $170,000, while "The Bucker," one of the pieces on offer from the Renner estate, garnered $60,000 and was then donated to the Russell Museum.

Several pieces owned by Russell expert Ginger Renner sold well above estimates, including one of the $375,000 watercolors and "A Bunch of Riders," a pen and ink, that fetched $100,000.

A Nicolai Fechin painting brought $100,000.

The 260-lot sale rang in above $2.75 million, not including the buyer's premium, for the non-profit museum.

Also during Western Art Week in Great Falls, the March in Montana auction grossed upwards of $1.8 million.

Organized by Manitou Galleries and Coeur d'Alene Art Auction of Reno, Nev., the two-day sale included John Clymer's oil "Application of Pigments in Early Hopi Pottery Making," which sold for $55,000 — more than double the pre-auction estimate.

Of note, a Navajo Ganado weaving, measuring 208-inches-by-125-inches, sold for $35,000. A Lakota Sioux beaded dress brought $22,000.

 

 

More News Feed Headlines

Boat Going Through Inlet (estimate: $2,500,000 – 3,500,000) by American Modernist Arthur Dove fetched $5.4 million in Christie's American Art sale on May 21, 2015.

Arthur Dove Painting Fetches $5.4 Million at Christie's; Thomas Moran Leads Western Art from William I. Koch Collection

  • May 21, 2015 15:45

Two marquee lots fell flat in Christie's American Art Sale on May 21 while definitive works by ...

Read More

Pablo Picasso's "Les Femmes d’Alger."

Speculation Swirls Around Buyer of Record $179 Million Picasso

  • May 21, 2015 11:34

“Les Femmes d’Alger,” the Pablo Picasso painting sold at Christie’s this month for a world record ...

Read More

Detail Tiffany "River of Life" Window that fetched $394,000 (estimate $200/300,000).

O'Keeffe Flower Painting, Tiffany Glass Lead Sotheby's Sales

  • May 20, 2015 21:54

Masterworks of Tiffany and Prewar Design from the Warshawsky Collection led Sotheby's sale on May ...

Read More

Pablo Picasso

Rybolovlev Family Trust Joins Picasso Heir in Legal Action Against Art Dealer

  • May 18, 2015 23:00

Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev's family trust has reportedly joined a Picasso heir as a ...

Read More

Related Press Releases

Related Events from ArtfixDaily Calendar

ArtfixDaily Artwire