Posted: Mar 17, 2013 8:00 PM by Tara Grimes - MTN News
The C.M. Russell Museum is looking back and celebrating one of its best Western Art Weeks ever.
Inside the museum, the walls are bare from its sales, but officials are filled with excitement.
Staff said from the silent auction, "Art in Action," and the live auction the museum brought in 3.6 million dollars from gross sales. That's $100,000 more than last year.
One of Charlie Russell's pieces went for half a million dollars in Saturday night's live auction, but it's just one of the milestones staff are celebrating.
"Another piece that went for a world record was Tom Gilleon's piece," C.M. Russell Museum Communications Coordinator Alyse Johnson said. "It sold for $225,000 dollars, which is the highest amount that's ever gone for one of his pieces."
Proceeds will go back to the museum to help it fulfill its mission in preserving the artwork of Russell.