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Depictions of the early days out West are still popular. About 30 Charles Russell works fetched millions of dollars at auction in Reno, with one painting symbolizing the railroad's effect on American Indians drawing $1.9 million.
Other top prices at the annual Coeur d'Alene Art Auction on Saturday included $1.7 for a Frederic Remington painting featuring a group of Indians and $1.5 million for a Thomas Moran painting depicting an Arizona gulch. The top-selling Russell work was for his 1924 water color "Trail of the Iron Horse, which shows a group of Indians on horseback looking down at railroad tracks with the sun setting on the plains in the background.
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