March in Montana proves hot

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – The 20th Annual March in Montana auction was held at the Townhouse Inn in this town, March 14-15. Manitou Galleries of Cheyenne and Santa Fe started this sale in 1986. This year the Coeur d’ Alene Art Auction and Manitou Galleries shared ownership of the sale.

The Coeur d’ Alene Art Auction is one of the premier Western art auctions in the nation, having sold more than $27 million at its 2006 sale in Reno, Nev.

The weather in Montana was warm and the auction crowds were large. Two days of auctions resulted in more than 500 lots of fine art and Western and Indian collectibles finding new homes. Sales totaled just under $1.4 million.

Two world records for artists were set at this sale. An A.D.M. Cooper (1856-1924) 30-inch by 50-inch oil painting, painted in 1910, soared past the $5,000-$10,000 estimate to sell at $20,700.

A pair of Nick Eggenhofer paintings, consigned by the family, each brought more than $54,000, a world record for this artist. All prices quoted include 15 percent buyer’s premium.

Buyers attended the sale from all over the United States and bidding was active on the Internet and telephone, as well. More than 40 dealers exhibited at the show held in conjunction with this auction.

Next year’s show and auction will be in March once more at the Townhouse Inn. For more information, call 307-635-0019, or go online to www.marchinmontana.com.

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