A July 25 auction realized more than $22.8 million in sales. Over 750 bidders witnessed multiple world records as well.
The 2015 Coeur d’Alene Art Auction — the single largest event in the field of classic Western and American Art — set multiple world records during its July 25 sale in Reno, Nevada. Of note were several works by the renowned Charles M. Russell (1864–1926), including the extraordinary bronze “A Bronc Twister,” which hammered for $1,033,000. The star of the sale was Russell’s “As Cochrane and Pard Leaped Into Their Saddles,” a stunning 1910 watercolor that sold for $1,089,000. The outstanding numbers solidify the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction’s position as the biggest and most successful site for Western art sales.

Charles M. Russell, “A Bronc Twister,” bronze, 18 in. Coeur d’Alene Art Auction

John Clymer, “Whisky Whisky,” 1972, oil on canvas, 30 x 60 in. Coeur d’Alene Art Auction

Other notable sales include John Clymer’s “Whisky Whisky” ($526,000), William R. Leigh’s “The Right Way” ($697,000), Charles Russell’s “Meat for the Tribe” ($753,000), and Martin Grelle’s “Apsaroke Autumn” ($292,500).

William R. Leigh, “The Right Way,” oil on canvas, 28 x 22 in. Coeur d’Alene Art Auction

Charles M. Russell, “Meat for the Tribe,” 1900, oil on canvas, 22 x 32 in. Coeur d’Alene Art Auction

To learn more, visit The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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