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Native American Art Realizes Strong Prices in June at Bonhams & Butterfields

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- On June 7th 2010, fine arts auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields hosted an auction of Native American Art in its San Francisco galleries, realizing more than $1.6-million for baskets, pottery, jewelry and blankets from private collections, estates and institutions. Top lots included Northwest Coast and Plains material, with strong bidding seen throughout the 440-lot auction. Collectors vied for a seven-inch long Haida or Tlingit eagle effigy bowl with a rich dark and oily patina from use, the successful bidder paying $146,000, three times the estimate. The oval utensil was conceived as a stylized eagle, its head rising at the front, the raptor’s beak curving over the interior cavity. Wooden tail feathers project from the rear, while wings and form lines in shallow relief decorate the sides of the bowl. Another eagle-form Northwest Coast artifact brought $11,590 – a Kwakiutl feast bowl featured pai