Jean Paul Lemieux's Nineteen Ten Remembered sold for more than $2
million, breaking global sales record for post-war and contemporary Canadian art
sold at auction
Heffel's Fall 2011 Auction is now the fifth highest grossing live
auction, totalling $16.73 million in sales.
Jean Paul Lemieux's Nineteen Ten Remembered sold for $2.34 million, breaking the international auction record for a
Canadian post-war and contemporary work, breaking the record previously
set by Riopelle.
Emily Carr's War Canoe, Alert Bay sold for $1.23 million, breaking the record for most valuable Canadian
watercolour sold at auction.
Lawren Stewart Harris's Rocky Mountain Sketch CXXI (Mount Robson) sold well above asking for an impressive $1.81 million.
TORONTO, Nov. 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Tonight, Heffel Fine Art Auction House opened the Fall 2011 Canadian Auction season with a record-shattering
sale of masterworks from prominent estates, placing it within the top
10 grossing auctions of Canadian art of all time. The auction, held in
Toronto, attracted more than 400 attendees and resulted in $16.73
million in total sales (all prices are in Canadian dollars and include
a 17 per cent buyer's premium) and is now the fifth highest grossing
live auction in Canadian history. Of the 190 lots, three sold for more
than $1 million dollars and more than 30 works sold for more than
The highlight of the evening was the record-breaking sale of Jean Paul
Lemieux's Nineteen Ten Remembered. The masterpiece sold for $2.34 million, shattering the worldwide
record for post-war and contemporary Canadian art sold at auction.
This surpasses the previous auction record set by Jean-Paul Riopelle
(sold in May 2008 in NYC for CDN $1.89M) and crowns Lemieux as the new
reigning champion of post-war and contemporary Canadian art.
"In May 2011, Heffel sold another major work by Jean Paul Lemieux
ushering him into the rarefied group of 'million-dollar' Canadian
artists," explains David K.J. Heffel, President and Auctioneer.
"Tonight he becomes the first-ever contemporary Canadian artist to be
crowned a 'two-million-dollar man."
Excitement for Lemieux works continued when Les voyageurs, a 39 3/4 x 74 3/8 inch oil on canvas, signed and dated 1964, sold for
$702,000 (pre-sale estimate was $350,000 ~ $450,000 CAD). A later work by Lemieux, Le croisement, sold for $304,200. In all, Lemieux alone accounted for sales of $3.99
Another highlight was the sale of William Kurelek's Return to Camp in Winter. The lot sold for more than double the estimate at $210,600 (estimate
was $60,000 ~ $80,000). There is currently a large exhibit of his work
at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Lawren Stewart Harris's Rocky Mountain Sketch CXXI (Mount Robson) was estimated to sell for $300,000~$500,000. After an intense bidding
war, the notable piece exceeded the estimate, selling for $1.81
million. This was one of two works for which the consignee generously
agreed to donate proceeds to Toronto's Women's College Hospital.
Along with Harris, the auction also featured pieces by Tom Thomson and
the Group of Seven who are all enjoying renewed international interest
given the current UK exhibit at London's Dulwich Gallery.
The François Dupré Collection, among the most significant private
collections of Canadian impressionism to ever be auctioned, was
conservatively estimated to yield between $1 million and $1.5 million.
These works were of particular interest as they had been hidden away in
a bank vault for nearly 25 years. The collection surpassed estimates,
selling for $2.27 million in the end, more than twice the low estimate.
Highlights of this collection included Gagnon's Environs de Baie-Saint-Paul ($315,900) Maurice Galbraith Cullen`s Lower Town, Quebec ($280,800), J.W. Morrice`s Régates à Saint-Malo ($526,500) and M.A. Suzor-Coté's Winter Sunglow: Arthabaska ($269,100).
"From works found lying in barn to hidden treasures that have been
unseen for more than 20 years, many of the paintings consigned to us
for this sale carry a fascinating past and are just outstanding," said
Mr. Heffel. "The resulting sales are a testament to the quality of
works we were offering and we are very pleased with the results."
Breaking a new record as well was Jack Bush's Sing, Sing, Sing (BG 38), an oil canvas signed and dated December 1974 sold for $234,000.
Tonight's sales result of $16.73 million is well beyond the $8.5 to
$12.7 million presale estimate. The Canadian post-war & contemporary
art session, which commenced at 4 p.m. EST, had sales totalling $6.95
million, making it the second highest post-war and contemporary
Canadian sale ever conducted by Heffel. The fine Canadian art session
began at 7 p.m. EST and had a sales total of $9.6 million.
New Records set in Heffel's November 24, 2011 Fine Art Auction
These are the 10 new records set during Heffel's Fall 2011 Auction. All
prices include the 17 per cent buyers' premium added to the hammer
price. High-resolution images of the top paintings in the auction can
be provided upon request.
Jean Paul Lemieux - Lot 018 - Nineteen Ten Remembered - New World Record: $2.34 million
Jack Hamilton Bush's - Lot 009 - Sing, Sing, Sing - New Record: $234,000
Lise Gervais - Lot 010 - Les sentinelles - New Record: $38,025
Michael Snow - Lot 019 - Sideway - New Record: $175,500
Kent Monkman - Lot 037 - Miss Chief: The Emergence of a Legend - New Record: $10,530
Robert Davidson - Lot 068 - Copper with Eagle Design - New Record: $52,650
Kathleen Frances Daly Pepper - Lot 107 - Catskill Mountains - New Record: $ 40,950
Emily Carr - Lot 110 - War Canoe, Alert Bay - New Record - $1.23 million (most valuable Canadian watercolour sold
Adrien Hébert - Lot 173 - Stevedores Unloading a Ship, Montreal Harbour - New Record: $40,950
Anne Douglas Savage - Lot 211 - Paradise Lost - New Record: $ 64,350
Information on the pieces and artists can also be found at www.heffel.com.
About Heffel Fine Art Auction House
Heffel has sold more Canadian art than any other auctioneer worldwide,
with over $275 million in art auction sales since 1995, and has
conducted the most valuable live auctions of Canadian art. Heffel is
led by the most experienced team of fine art specialists in Canada.
With offices and representatives in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa,
Montreal and Calgary, Heffel provides superior client services to both
sellers and buyers nationwide. In addition to full-colour printed
catalogues, Heffel publishes its entire live auction online at www.heffel.com, from initial promotion and illustrated lot listings, to the auction's
live multi-camera webcast and final sale results.
Image with caption: "David K.J. Heffel, president of Heffel Fine Art Auction House, auctions off Jean Paul Lemieux's 'Nineteen Ten Remembered.' The masterpiece broke the global record for post-war and contemporary Canadian art sold at auction, selling for $2.34 million. (CNW Group/Heffel Fine Art Auction House)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111125_C9271_PHOTO_EN_7253.jpg
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