Coeur d’Alene - Roping a Wolf painting by Charles M Russell
CHARLES M. RUSSELL (1864-1926), Roping a Wolf, (1904), oil on canvas, 15 × 20 inches; signed and dated lower left

The Coeur d’Alene Art Auction brought a strong total of over $ 17.5 million during this year’s sale.

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The highlight of the 2021 sale was Auction mainstay Charles M. Russell’s Roping a Wolf (1904), which sold for over $ 1.7 million – the highest total for the influential Western artist in over seven years, and the tenth-highest total all-time. The largest single-auction event in the classical Western and American Art field saw over 30 lots eclipse the $100,000 price point, realizing a sales rate of over 94% for the July 31 sale.

Coeur d'Alene art auctionWhile the feverish bidding for Roping a Wolf brought the packed house to applause, several other Russell works elicited their own fireworks, including: Mexicans Leaving an Inn (1906), which realized $ 242,000; Cowboy on a Bronco (1898), Indian on a Pinto (1898), and Friend Con Letter (1910), each sold for $ 157,300; and Friend Ad Letter (1923), with a $133,100 sales price exceeding its presale estimate of $ 60,000 – 90,000. Overall, works by Charles M. Russell garnered more than $ 3.2 million in sales.

Significant contemporary sales included Dustin Van Wechel’s Prairie Dog POV at $ 45,375, establishing a world record for the artist. G. Harvey’s Among the Silence of Canyon Echoes sold for an impressive $ 217,800 versus a presale estimate of $ 80,000 – 120,000. Other notable sales included Martin Grelle’s Days of the Coldmaker ($ 169,400), Richard Schmid’s Hewick Church, North Yorkshire, England ($ 121,000), Bob Kuhn’s Where the Deer and the Antelope Play ($ 96,800), and Tim Cox’s God’s Gift to Man ($ 96,800).

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