Despite concern over the turnout with last weekend’s record-breaking cold, the Yellowstone Art Museum’s Auction 46 drew a strong group of buyers who purchased $225,000 worth of art.
YAM Executive Director Robyn Peterson said Friday the figures are not final, but art sales at the auction on March 1 were 33 percent more than those the museum had projected. The highest selling piece was Neil Jussila’s abstract work, “Goshawk at Jordan from Meditations on the Lyrical Nature of Being,” which sold for $6,750. The YAM auction is the longest-running contemporary auction in Montana.
This year’s event featured 198 works by 175 regional artists. Some of the artists donated 100 percent of the money raised through the sale of their work, but most of the artists contributed 50 percent.
Peterson said works that did not sell are still available to purchase through the museum’s website at www.artmuseum.org.
Donations to the YAM’s education program, which is known as Lot 2014, raised $26,700 at the auction, just shy of the record amount raised in 2013 of $28,450. The 2013 auction raised a net amount of $131,373.
“As always, we’re delighted when an auction does this well, both for the sake of the YAM’s programs and the artists whose work sold,” Peterson said.