GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Officials with the C.M. Russell Museum say an art auction last month raised $605,000 for the museum.
Executive Director Darrell Beauchamp says he couldn't be happier. The amount is five times the donation the museum received after the 2009 Ad Club auction. The museum received $425,000 in 2008.
After last year's smaller $121,000 donation, the museum decided to hold its own fundraiser. The Ad Club also held its art auction on the same weekend.
The museum auction sold $1.5 million in art while another auction, the March in Montana, sold $1.47 million. The Ad Club's sales were $722,000, about half of its 2009 sales.
Ad Club Executive Director Sara Becker says she believes the club made money. The museum and the Ad Club have said they plan to hold separate auctions again in 2011.