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Auction of Indian tribe carvings nets $703,000 for Lynden museum

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When a collector offered to pay the Lynden Pioneer Museum $200,000 for two bowls and a frontlet carved by Northwest Coast Indian tribes, Troy Luginbill figured that if the man was like most collectors, his offer was on the low side. The museum's director was right about the offer for the pieces in its collection. When they were sold Dec. 14 as part of a larger auction of Native American Art in San Francisco, the three items went for $582,000.