A record $US1.25 million has been paid for a horse painting by Western artist Charles Russell.
The oil painting depicts a horse thief, surrounded by dead and injured horses, surrendering to authorities. The painting is entitled Offering a Truce (Bested).
The Great Falls Tribune reports that the buyer was Steve Zabel, of Bozeman, Montana, who said he bought it for a friend.
“It’s an important Russell painting that we’d like to add to our collection,” Zabel told the newspaper.
The painting went under the hammer at the annual Russell Live Auction on Saturday at the Mansfield Convention Center in Great Falls.
The painting is understood to be based on a shootout at the mouth of the Mussellshell River involving a vigilante group and horse thieves, although Russell took some liberties to make the scene more dramatic.
The auction is the central event in four days of activities to raise money for the C.M. Russell Museum.