1979 Acrylic-polymer- 53x119cm  Alex Colville- Swimming Dog and Canoe

1979 Acrylic-polymer- 53x119cm Alex Colville- Swimming Dog and Canoe
Photo Credit: Heffel Gallery Ltd

Canadian art fetches record prices

At the semi-annual live art auction yesterday in Vancouver, a number of Canadian artworks were sold at record prices and high above original estimates.

The Heffel Fine Art Auction saw high pre-sale attendance and brisk bidding for the Canadian works offered.

“We’re ecstatic, not only with the results of the auction, but with the strong attendance at our previews,” said Robert Heffel, Vice President of Heffel Fine Art Auction House. “Sharing this group of historically important works with the public is as exciting for us as seeing the pieces find their rightful homes.”

Interest in the work of Canada’s famous Group of Seven continues to grow. Lawren Harris’s work Laurention Landscape was bid to over $2-million, far above expectations. Last year ‘Mountain and Glacier’ another work by Harris who was a founding member of the Group of Seven,  sold for a record shattering $4.6 million.

Lawren Harris- Laurentian Landscape 1913-14 smashed pre-sale estimates of $1.2 to $1.6 million instead selling for over $2million
Lawren Harris- Laurentian Landscape 1913-14 smashed pre-sale estimates of $1.2 to $1.6 million instead selling for over $2million © Heffel Gallery Ltd

A work by west coast artist and former official war artist, E.J. Hughes set a new record for his works. The 1949 piece. The Post Office at Courtenay BC was estimated at between $600-800,000 but sold for nearly twice that at $1.59 million.

1949- E.J.Hughes, The Post Office at Courteney BC sold for twice its original estimate at $1.59 million
E.J.Hughes, The Post Office at Courteney BC a 1949 work, sold for twice its original estimate at $1.59 million © Heffel Gallery Ltd

Two works by Alex Colville were offered, with Swimming Dog with Canoe selling for over twice the estimate at $1.18 million. A 1950’s work of his early career , Racer, sold for $560,000 which was within the estimate

A total of 144 lots were offered with sales of over $17 million which exceeded orginal estimates for the auction of $9-12 million

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