Other top prices at the annual Coeur d'Alene Art Auction on Saturday included
Russell artwork is highly sought after, auction organizer
The painting shows a group of Indians on horseback looking down at railroad tracks with the sun setting on the open plains in the background.
"It's a very iconic image, absolutely one of his best," Overby said. "There's so much symbolism in that painting. I think that's what really grabs people's heart strings. Russell is still considered the absolute blue-chip artist of our genre."
Russell's romantic 1897 "Dakota Chief," which sold for
Remington's 1907 "The Story of Where the Sun Goes," which fetched
"His large oils are extremely rare and hardly ever come to market, and when they do there's always interest in them," Overby said. "It wasn't a high-action painting. This was a much more serene and reflective piece."
The most spirited bidding of the day involved
The Golden Rooster that spent a half century at John Ascuaga's Nugget hotel-casino in nearby Sparks sold for
More than 650 registered bidders took part in what was billed as the world's largest Western art sale. About 320 works were sold for a total of some
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