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A pair of paintings from the famed series depicting dogs playing poker sold for $590,400 at auction on Tuesday. The winning bid set a new auction record for artist Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, whose previous top sale was $74,000. The winning bidder was a private collector from New York.
updated 2/16/2005 1:43:11 PM ET 2005-02-16T18:43:11

A pair of paintings from the famed series depicting dogs playing poker fetched nearly $600,000 at auction Tuesday.

The two works — “A Bold Bluff” and “Waterloo” — were among 16 paintings that artist Cassius Marcellus Coolidge was commissioned to create for a Minnesota-based advertising company in 1903. Of the 16, nine are of dogs playing poker.

The two works that sold Tuesday for $590,400 capture moments in a poker game played by five dogs, among them a St. Bernard that ends up collecting the pot on a bluff.

The winning bid set a new auction record for Coolidge, whose previous top sale was $74,000, said Alan Fausel, director of paintings at Doyle New York, which handled Tuesday’s sale.

The winning bidder was a private collector from New York.

Doyle had estimated that the two paintings would bring in between $30,000 and $50,000.

The sale was part of Doyle’s annual “Dogs in Art” auction, which coincides with the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.

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