Great Falls, MT
Townhouse Inn, March 16-19
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This year’s March in Montana auction and exhibitor show takes over the Townhouse Inn in Great Falls, MT, beginning on March 17. The more than 700 lots on the block include 18 works by Olaf Wieghorst from a single estate, 15 Bob Scriver bronzes, over 20 works by painter and sculptor Ace Powell, and two very special Nick Eggenhofer paintings. Other highlights include 60 to 70 Navajo weavings and cowboy collectibles, such as silver-mounted saddles by Edward Bohlin and Keyston Bros.
“We have several large estates that we are selling out of,” says Bob Nelson, owner of Manitou Galleries. “We have a North American artifacts collection from Doylestown, PA; a saddle collection from Bozeman, MT; and a fine-art collection from Helena, MT.” Nelson and his wife, Charla, partner with the Coeur d’Alene Art Auction to present March in Montana each year.
Fine-art highlights for this year’s auction include ON THE SANTA FE TRAIL, a 24-by-36-inch oil by Nick Eggenhofer estimated to sell for $30,000 to $40,000; MEMORIES OF HONOR, a 39-inch-high bronze of Hunkpapa Sioux chief Crow King by Dave McGary, estimated to fetch between $25,000 and $30,000; and WAR DANCERS, a 13-inch-high C.M. Russell bronze, estimated at $10,000 to $15,000. Indian artifacts include a 5-by-7-foot early Germantown weaving, a Sioux beaded dress, a Blackfoot child’s war shirt, and a Cheyenne woman’s pipe bag.
Auction lots are on view Wednesday, March 16, through Friday, March 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to noon. The auctions commence at noon on Friday and Saturday. The dealer show, with 40 exhibitors, opens at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, and is open daily until 5 p.m. through Saturday, March 19.
“Most of the dealers are in fine art or Native American items,” Nelson says. “Most are selling items similar to what we have in the auction.” He adds that the quality of lots just keeps increasing. “We try to get good solid paintings and collectibles in all ranges, so everyone can have a shot at it,” he says. “It should be a good show and sale.” —Laura Rintala
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