Native American Art Brings More than $2 Million at Bonhams and Butterfields’ Sale

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Bonhams & Butterfields’ Fine Native American Art sale on June 6, 2011 in San Francisco garnered remarkable results, with sales bringing more than $2 million. Leading the auction were important pieces from the Northwest Coast areas of the United States and Canada, namely from the Muchnick-Milliren Collection of some 50 works of art, mostly antique, but contemporary as well. Top lots from the Collection included a Tlingit bird effigy bowl, sold for $158,000, carved in bold relief, depicting a raptor, with its beak and wings projecting strongly and its tail feathers jutting from a second totemic face; and a Tsimshian raven rattle, sold for $91,500, featuring a raven figure with a humanoid, frog and kingfisher in full relief at the top and a hawk face on the underside, that clutches a “box of daylight” in its beak. Additional Muchnick-Milliren Collection highlights included a Tlingit fish club, likely use