Costner sculpture dispute heads to SD high court

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) ? The South Dakota Supreme Court will hear a case involving Hollywood actor Kevin Costner and some bronze sculptures of bison and American Indians.

Justices will review a judge’s decision that Costner did not breach a contract with artist Peggy Detmers by placing the sculptures at his Tatanka attraction near Deadwood in 2006. Detmers challenged the ruling, and the Rapid City Journal reports ( ) that oral arguments are set for March 19 in Vermillion.

Costner filmed much of his Academy-Award-winning movie “Dances with Wolves” in South Dakota. He commissioned the sculptures in the early 1990s for a resort in South Dakota’s Black Hills that still has not been built.

Costner paid Detmers $300,000. Detmers says she gave him a price break because she anticipated selling smaller sculptures at the resort.