'Broncho' rides to Seattle after Super Bowl bet

Peyton Manning wasn't there for the handoff. Denver Art Museum staffer Amy Barrett, however, wore a No. 18 T-shirt last week as she helped crate up a Frederic Remington bronze known as "The Broncho Buster" — the spelling is an outdated form for the horse — after the museum lost a Super Bowl bet with its counterpart in Seattle.

Thomas Smith, director of the Denver Art Museum's Petrie Institute of Western American Art, said he got a call from a Seattle Art Museum curator to discuss plans for displaying the Remington almost as soon as the Feb. 2 Super Bowl was over. The Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos 43-8, and the Remington will go to Seattle for three months.

"As I watched the game, I said, 'Oh, there goes our Broncho Buster for a few months,' " Smith said.

He called the piece "the most iconic sculpture" in American Western art history. Barrett made braces wrapped in nonabrasive cloth to hold the piece for its journey of 18-20 hours overland to Seattle.

Stickers with Denver Broncos logos were plastered onto the crate as it was sealed.


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