Early Lawren Harris (attributed) bought for less than $4

An unsigned canvas that was purchased for just under $4 in New Zealand at a rummage sale will be offered at auction next week by Aesthete Gallery in Hamilton, New Zealand.

The original oil painting, depicting a river scene has been attributed it to Canadian Artist, and group of seven member, Lawren Harris.

With an Estimated value of $15,000-$40,000 , it’s an early work, less prized than later northern scenes. Lawren Harris’s painting ‘Bylot Island I‘ sold earlier this year for $2.5 Million at auction through Heffel Fine Art in Vancouver.

This painting is still in it’s original frame and bears a label on-verso, stating that it was framed in 1941 by Stedman’s Book Store, in Harris’s hometown; Brantford, Ontario.

The anonymous owner purchased the work for five dollars (about $3.94 Cdn) at a rummage sale in New Zealand’s Northland region. Apparently it had been given first as a wedding gift, brought to New Zealand, sold during an estate sale and later turned up at the rummage sale.

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