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Picasso print sells for $62k at Yellowstone Art Museum auction

Posted: Mar 05, 2018 3:58 PM Updated:

BILLINGS - The excitement at the Yellowstone Art Museum's 50th annual art auction peaked on Saturday when a bidding war broke out between two people over a Picasso print, which is valued at $89,000.

The Picasso print, which is one of only two or three in the world, sold for $62,500.

The sale is a 100 percent donation to the YAM.

The piece, titled Portrait d’Homme a la Fraise, Variation d’apres El Greco, has never before been framed or hung for public viewing.

Artwork from over 130 local and national artists was up for bid. 

The second highest sale was a painting by artist Kevin Red Star, a member of the Crow Tribe, which went for over $12,000.

Bryan Knicely, the YAM's new executive director, flew to Billings two weeks ahead of his move-in date just to see the museum's premier event.

"The fact that this is the fiftieth year for this event just goes to show how successful it is," Knicely said. "It's truly an honor to be part of it."

Knicely comes to the YAM from Indiana and replaces former Executive Director Robyn Peterson.

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