|Hair Apparent by Tom Gilleon|
Tom Gilleon entered fine art rare air with the sale of his painting Hair Apparent at The Russell Auction in Montana this past week end. When the gavel finally fell, the 50” x 50” work of contemporary American Western art, initially estimated to sell for between $50,000 & $60,000, fetched a staggering $225,000!
"I think it was a smashing success," said C.M. Russell Museum board chairman Joe Masterson of the auction. "The whole weekend was a tremendous success. It exceeded our expectations."
"I had absolutely no idea there was that much interest (in the painting)," said Gilleon.
"That's why we have auctions," said auctioneer Troy Black.
Mark Tarrant of Altamira Fine Art in Jackson Hole, said, "Collectors love art and recognize it is an asset class. It's a good place to put their money."
Gilleon’s record of Sold Out editions here at Greenwich mirrors the excitement for Tom’s original paintings we are seeing in auction such as this. Congratulations, Tom! We couldn’t be prouder. We love it when good things happen to good people.