Chief Joseph war shirt fetches $877,500 at auction
RENO, Nev.— A war shirt worn by Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe that can be seen in a painting hanging in the Smithsonian Institution sold Saturday for $877,500 at auction, organizers said.
The painting was made shortly after Chief Joseph surrendered at the Bear Paw Battlefield south of Chinook.
Mike Overby, an organizer of the annual Coeur d'Alene Art Auction, said the shirt that sold in Reno is considered to be one of the most important Native American artifacts to ever come to auction. It had been expected to bring from $800,000 to $1.2 million at auction, he said.