Candian Painter; Lawren Harris, Fetching Huge Sums

Lawren Harris’s Bylot Island I, an oil painting of a stylized arctic mountain range sold for $2.8 million The fourth-highest price ever for a Canadian painting sold at auction.

“An Arctic Lawren Harris is one of the rarest commodities in the Canadian art world,” said David Heffel, president of the Heffel auction house that kicked off spring sales of fine Canadian art.

“Most of those reside in public institutions today, so for one to turn up in a private collection and come back into the market is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for bidders.”

Bylot Island I wasn’t the only Harris artwork to break the million-dollar mark Wednesday. Arctic Sketch, an oil-on-board painted in 1930, sold for $1.521 million after the premium.

Harris’s Winter painting went for $731,250, Mountain Sketch LXX sold for $497,250 and Mount Temple, Mountain Sketch LII fetched $468,000.

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