Historic Inuit art collection fails to sell at Canadian auction

Print from 1959 Cape Dorset Print collection.

Print from 1959 Cape Dorset Print collection. Legend of the Blind Man and the Bear by Pootoogook. (Dorset Fine Arts)

Well that’s a shock.

Works from the Cape Dorset print collection are among the most well-known in the Canadian art world.

The annual collection began in 1959 and has been going strong ever since.

Early works, especially those from the first collections, have become some of the most sought-after by Inuit art collectors around the world.

Earlier this year, Canadian auction house Waddington’s announced that not one, but the entire collection of 1959 prints, would go up for sale. The value was estimated at $450,000.

However, the collection failed to meet the reserve price on auction night and so didn’t sell.

To read more about what happened, check out the story in Nunatsiaq Online

For more on the Cape Dorset print collection, including documentaries and artist interviews, click here

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Eilís Quinn is an award-winning journalist and manages Radio Canada International’s Eye on the Arctic news cooperation project. Eilís has reported from the Arctic regions of all eight circumpolar countries and has produced numerous documentary and multimedia series about climate change and the issues facing Indigenous peoples in the North.

Her investigative report "Death in the Arctic: A community grieves, a father fights for change," about the murder of Robert Adams, a 19-year-old Inuk man from Arctic Quebec, received the silver medal for “Best Investigative Article or Series” at the 2019 Canadian Online Publishing Awards. The project also received an honourable mention for excellence in reporting on trauma at the 2019 Dart Awards in New York City.

Her report “The Arctic Railway: Building a future or destroying a culture?” on the impact a multi-billion euro infrastructure project would have on Indigenous communities in Arctic Europe was a finalist at the 2019 Canadian Association of Journalists award in the online investigative category.

Her multimedia project on the health challenges in the Canadian Arctic, "Bridging the Divide," was a finalist at the 2012 Webby Awards.

Her work on climate change in the Arctic has also been featured on the TV science program Découverte, as well as Le Téléjournal, the French-Language CBC’s flagship news cast.

Eilís has worked for media organizations in Canada and the United States and as a TV host for the Discovery/BBC Worldwide series "Best in China."

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