Jean-Paul Riopelle, Vent du nord (1-1.5m) 7.4m CAD

Heffel’s sale was a success this week bringing in $21.8m and led by a record price for Jean-Paul Riopelle. Here are the highlights from the sale issued by Heffel:

  • Jean Paul Riopelle’s masterpiece canvas Vent du nord drew participation from more than 20 bidders around the world. The outstanding work of art sold for a well-deserved price of $7,438,750, smashing the world record for the artist previously set in Paris (est. $1,000,000 – 1,500,000).
  • Five works by Lawren Harris were led by Lynx Mountain, Mt. Robson District, BC / Mountain Sketch XLI for $1,261,250 (est. $600,000 – 800,000) and Yoho Valley and Isolation Peak / Mountain Sketch XLV for $601,250 (est. $600,000 – 800,000).
  • The 1930s Lawren Harris abstract canvas LSH 89B sold for a remarkable $451,250 (est. $200,000 – 300,000).This work is from an important period in Harris’s career, the focus of a current exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.
  • Two large scale canvases by Jack Bush were among the highlights in today’s sale. Two Road Marks sold for $601,250 (est. $150,000 – 250,000) and Green Sleeves sold for $481,250 (est. $175,000 – 225,000).
  • The remarkably important A.Y. Jackson canvas, The Winter Road bested presale estimates and sold for $361,250. In Heffel’s history, no other work has come to market with more exhibition history and literature references than this museum-quality treasure (est. $300,000 – 500,000).
  • David Milne’s outstanding New York period canvas, City Rain fetched $421,250 on the Heffel auction block (est. $275,000 – 325,000). With an exhibition on the horizon at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, England, the artist is poised for a wave of international acclaim.
  • International works on offer fared very well in the auction. Ende im Osten, a highly anticipated work by German artist A.R. Penck sold high above its presale estimate for $265,250 (est. $30,000 – 40,000) and Andy Warhol’s rare test proof, Karen Kain (F.S.IIB.236), sold for $115,250 ($30,000 – 40,000).
  • William Kurelek’s Frozen Jack Rabbits stood out in the spring auction. The snowy Prairies scene fetched an impressive $301,250 (est. $250,000 – 350,000).
  • A quintessential bronze by British sculptor Barbara Hepworth garnered global interest in today’s sale. Participation from a number of bidders on the phones and in the Toronto auction room drove Figure (Chun) to a final price of $289,250 (est. $120,000 – 150,000).
  • J.W. Morrice’s classic Canadian canvas Landscape, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré sold for an impressive $511,250 (est. $400,000 – 600,000).