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C.M. Russell oil painting sells for $1.25 million

GREAT FALLS — An oil painting by Western artist Charlie Russell depicting a horse thief waving a white flag amid dead and injured horse thieves as well as dead horses has sold for $1.25 million.

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Russell watercolor sells for $550,000 at Great Falls auction

GREAT FALLS — A watercolor by famed Western artist C.M. Russell sold for $550,000 at an auction that benefits the nonprofit C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls.

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Item printed on the first printing press in Montana

Item printed on the first printing press in Montana

A government document dated March 16, 1864, is the only known surviving item printed on the first printing press in Montana. It was printed by F.M. Thompson in Bannack City.

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The second book published in Montana

The second book published in Montana

Copies of the second book published in Montana, “A Trip to the States by Way of the Yellowstone and Missouri” by J. Allen Hosmer, are extremely rare.

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A bird's-eye view of Billings

A bird's-eye view of Billings

A bird’s-eye view of Billings, drawn in 1904, is among Minckler’s nearly complete collection of such Montana illustrations.

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Signed photograph of James Stuart

Signed photograph of James Stuart

Minckler owns a signed photograph of James Stuart, brother to prominent Montana pioneer Granville Stuart. The photo was taken in 1868.

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First editions of nearly all the works of Charles Dickens

First editions of nearly all the works of Charles Dickens

Among his possessions not related to the history of Montana, Thomas Minckler has first editions of nearly all the works of Charles Dickens.

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Original publisher's galleys of eight books by Will James

Original publisher's galleys of eight books by Will James

Minckler owns the original publisher’s galleys of eight books by Will James. James left handwritten corrections and comments in the text and on the illustrations.

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Publisher's galleys of books by Will James

Publisher's galleys of books by Will James

Specially made slipcovers hold publisher’s galleys of the Will James books.

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Thomas Dimsdale's "Vigilantes of Montana"

Thomas Dimsdale's "Vigilantes of Montana"

Minckler’s copy of the first edition of the first book published in Montana, Thomas Dimsdale’s “Vigilantes of Montana,” was signed on the first page of the text by one of the vigilantes, N.P. Langford.

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Second book published in Montana

Second book published in Montana

J. Allen Hosmer, left, was only 15 when he wrote, edited, bound and distributed an account of his travels. “A Trip to the States by Way of the Yellowstone and Missouri” was the second book published in Montana. Minckler has one of the copies of the book, above, which are extremely rare.

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Book inscribed to Charles M. Russell

Book inscribed to Charles M. Russell

Montana author Frank Linderman inscribed this copy of his book, “Bunch-Grass and Blue-Joint,” to his friend Charles M. Russell.

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Chief Plenty Coups thumbprint

Chief Plenty Coups thumbprint

Crow Indian Chief Plenty Coups attested to the accuracy of a piece written by his biographer, Frank Linderman, by leaving his thumbprint on Linderman’s handwritten document. It is part of Thomas Mickler’s collection of Montana books, documents, photographs and paintings.

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Earliest known surviving letter to have been mailed from Montana

Earliest known surviving letter to have been mailed from Montana

A letter dated Feb. 6, 1863, and sent from Bannack City, is the earliest known surviving letter to have been mailed from Montana, then Dakota Territory.

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Thomas Minckler, a collector of Montana books

Thomas Minckler, a collector of Montana books

Minckler shows the original drawing of what would become the Great Northern logo. It was created by Joe Scheuerle, a friend of Charles M. Russell.

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Portrait of Nez Perce Chief Joseph

Portrait of Nez Perce Chief Joseph

Above, Minckler’s collection of photographs includes a portrait of Nez Perce Chief Joseph with an unidentified boy. Left, Montana author Frank Linderman inscribed a copy of his book, “Bunch-Grass and Blue-Joint,” to his friend Charles M. Russell.

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Autographs of prominent Montana pioneers

Autographs of prominent Montana pioneers

Part of Minckler’s collection of Granville Stuart materials is a series of autographs Stuart gathered from fellow prominent Montana pioneers.

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Photo of one of Montana's first hangings

Photo of one of Montana's first hangings

A photograph in Minckler’s collection shows one of the first hangings in Montana. James B. Daniels, a pardoned murderer, was strung up by a mob in Helena in 1865.

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Hand-illustrated, privately bound copy of "The Blazed Trail of the Old Frontier"

Hand-illustrated, privately bound copy of "The Blazed Trail of the Old Frontier"

Collector Thomas Minckler holds a copy of what he says is the “rarest and most desirable” of Charles M. Russell’s books — a hand-illustrated, privately bound copy of “The Blazed Trail of the Old Frontier.”

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Foursight: Memorable moments in 2011

This week’s question: What were your most memorable entertainment moments in 2011?

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