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Yellowstone Art Auction starts on-line bidding due to COVID concerns

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Posted at 9:19 AM, Jan 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-24 11:43:54-05

The Yellowstone Art Museum's 53rd annual art auction is officially underway.

COVID precautions have made the fund-raising part of the event all-online.

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But art aficionados can still go see the artwork.

The museum received a record of more than 800 applications and chose about 250 pieces for the auction.

The fundraiser helps with educational programs and exhibits.

While different, this year's auction has, so far, worked well.

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"What this allows us to do is to open up bidding for everybody across the country," said Ryan Cremer, YAM development director. "It was definitely anxious for us (Friday) to make sure we get it up on the wall so that folks can see it. But then making sure that you know there's no glitches on the back end, making sure that people can bid and do the 'Buy It Nows.' And everything goes through right and when it did, it was a great feeling. Our anxiety is down and our hopes are pretty high.

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The bidding started at 5 PM Saturday and runs until March 6, which would have been the date for the big celebration at the museum.

The art will also be available to view until that day.