Tootie Myhre Estate Sale

Friday, June 21 – Monday, June 24
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM each day
309 Canal Street | Bigfork, MT 59911 | Map
Across from Eagle Bend Golf Course

The Bigfork estate sale for Tootie Myhre features exceptional collections of art, jewelry, ceramics, antiques and furniture.
The event is Friday, June 21 through Monday, June 24, from 9 to 3 each day, at the Myhre home, 309 Canal Street, across from Eagle Bend Golf Course. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will benefit Gonzaga University and several local non-profits, all listed later in this story.

Carol “Tootie” Myhre grew up in Olympia, WA where she became an excellent golfer, a sport she continued to enjoy. After graduation from Western Washington State College, she worked at the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind. Tootie and the late Eric Myhre, a Montana advertising executive, shared a passion for art and fine things.

The jewelry collection in the sale includes sapphires, even a stunning Yogo sapphire, two women’s Rolex watches, gold, diamonds, old turquoise and several Tiffany pieces.

The star of the art offered at the sale is a multi-media work by Native American artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. It’s called “The Environment: Be a Shepherd,” and is similar to one of her works that raised considerable interest in the March in Montana auction in Great Falls this spring. You’ll also find paintings by Edgar Payne, as well as art by Edward Borein, Donna Howell-Sickles, Wolfgang Pogzeba and many others.

Ceramic artists with connections to the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena are well represented with multiple pieces by David Shaner, Kurt Weiser, Andrea Gill and Beth Lo.

A sterling belt buckle and a gold and silver money clip by famous Hollywood designer Edward Bohlin are in the sale. There’s also a 3’ store display Skookum doll.

From the Southwest you’ll find baskets, pre-historic artifacts and weavings, including a large Teec Nos Pos rug, Germantown table runner, Ganado rug and Yei textile. Prehistoric pieces include stone metates, early trenchers and a corrugated pot. There’s a petrified wood tooling bench, a Navajo water jug and a 3-foot 19th Century work of carved and painted wood from the school of Jose Aragon called “Blue Christo.”

You’ll also find bronzes, etchings, carvings, lithographs and even an Edward Curtis “goldtone” photograph called “The Vanishing Race” in its original “batwing” frame, circa 1905.

High-end household furnishings feature mid-century comfort, design and style. A prime example is a pair of Johannes Hansen chairs, two Knoll designed wood-topped dining tables with Knoll designed dining chairs, as well as Italian dressers, numerous outdoor patio sets, and four eKorness/stressless leather recliners.

For the golf enthusiast there’s a nice Club Car Precedent electric golf cart, along with a large collection of antique hickory shafted clubs, McGregor woods, and old putters, including an early Ping 1A. Golfing historians will find a large collection of old books. Books on art, artists, style, cooking, and just good reading, are also plentiful.

Tools include 2 snowblowers and numerous shop and yard tools.

The non-profits that will benefit from this sale, along with Gonzaga, per Tootie’s wishes, are:

  • Good Grief Camp – Kalispell
  • Bigfork Food Bank
  • Bigfork Fire Department
  • Bigfork Aces
  • Imagine IF Foundation, Bigfork Branch
  • Flathead Land Trust

Get email updates
Questions? Please call (406) 202-1814

Photo Gallery

Instructions: Click a thumbnail to launch the gallery, then use the arrows (or your keyboard’s arrow keys) to navigate. Click the “X” in the upper right any time to return to this page.

About The Author

Crystal and Dave Shors have operated Missouri River Chronicle Antiques and Estate Sales in Helena, Montana for nearly 30 years. They are knowledgeable collectors and curators with a special affinity for the Queen City.
Mobile-friendly website coming soon!
In the meantime, we recommend browsing on desktop, laptop, or tablet.