CLEARWATER, FLA. — The American Sale at Blackwell Auctions offered almost 400 lots of material culture from throughout American history on March 18, including fine and folk art, early photography, ephemera and collectibles. Leading the sale was a portrait of the Lakota Sioux leader Thathánka Íyotake, better known as Sitting Bull (1831-1890), painted by Swiss American artist and activist Caroline Weldon (1844-1921). This was one of four portraits that Weldon made of Sitting Bull; two are in public museum collections, and two were presumed to be lost. This example was one of the latter, and belonged to Minnesota railroad construction engineer William Lafayette Darling and descended through his family. It was bid to $67,100 ($40/80,000). Price quoted with buyer’s premium as reported by the auction house, more on this and other top lots to follow.