The Canadian Press covers Canada’s auction results:
A Lawren Harris sketch bought for just $70 back in the 1950s fetched $175,000 Monday to become the biggest seller at the Sotheby’s Canada spring auction. “Mts: Emarald Lake” (sic), an oil on board depicting snow-capped peaks in British Columbia, went to an unidentified bidder in the room, reaching the high end of its pre-sale estimate. The $175,000 included the buyer’s premium. Measuring 30 by 38 centimetres, the piece had been bought by a woman at the Group of Seven artist’s studio in Toronto in 1955, said Bert Dorpmans, the work’s appraiser.
Sotheby’s, in association with Ritchies, moved 70 per cent of its lots Monday for total sales of $3.5 million, including the buyers’ premiums. That’s short of its pre-sale estimate of $4 million to $5.5 million.
- another Harris panel, “North of Lake Superior,” sold for $100,250.
- Jean Paul Lemieux’s 1963 canvas “Rue a Sillery,” went for $152,500.
- “Le Vieux Pionnier,” also known as “Pere Esdras Cyr,” by Marc-Aurele de Foy Suzor-Cote, fetched $140,500.
- Alfred Joseph Casson’s “Hazy October Morning” reached $111,750.
- “Dutch Village Square” by James Wilson Morrice. It went for $71,500, including the buyer’s premium – about double what was expected.
Harris sketch bought for $70 in 1950s fetches $175,000 at Sotheby’s auction (The Canadian Press)