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The 5 most valuable Canadian artworks ever sold at auction

The 5 most valuable Canadian artworks ever sold at auction

Posted by PanamericanWorld on November 25, 2016

The commanding large-scale canvas Mountain Forms by iconic artist and Group of Seven founder Lawren Harris — a mountain scene from his coveted 1920s creative period — sold for a record $9.5 million at the Heffel Fine Art Auction House in Toronto.

Tapped with a conservative presale estimate of $3 million to $5 million, the painting ultimately sold for much more, making it the most expensive Canadian artwork ever sold at auction, knocking off longtime record-holder Paul Kane's Scene in the Northwest. Including the buyer's sales premium, the painting sold for $11.21 million.

Including Mountain Forms, Harris works takes up three spots among the top five most valuable Canadian artworks ever sold at auction.

1. Lawren Harris, Mountain Forms

​Sold in 2016 for $11,210,000 (all prices including sales premium)

2. Paul Kane, Scene in the Northwest – Portrait of John Henry Lefroy​

Sold in 2002 for $5,062,000

Paul Kane

Art lover and media baron Ken Thomson bought Scene in the Northwest at a Sotheby's Canada sale in 2002, eventually donating it to the Art Gallery of Ontario. (Courtesy: The Thomson Collection/Art Gallery of Ontario)

3. Lawren Harris, Mountain and Glacier

Sold in 2015 for $4,602,000

Lawren Harris Mountain and Glacier

Heffel set a new record for a Harris work with Mountain and Glacier that was sold at an auction last November. (Heffel Fine Art Auction House)

4. Jeff Wall, Dead Troops Talk (A Vision After an Ambush of a Red Army patrol, near Moqor, Afghanistan, Winter 1986)

Sold in 2012 for $3,666,400

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Jeff Wall's colossal photograph Dead Troops Talk was a record-setter at Christie's in New York in 2012: highest price ever paid at auction for a Canadian photograph. (Christie's)

5. Lawren Harris, Winter Landscape

Sold in 2015 for $3,658,000

Heffel Fall Auction 20151126

The November 2015 Heffel auction that saw the boffo sale of Mountain and Glacier (2nd on the list) was a great one for Harris works. Winter Landscape also crossed the block that night. (Heffel Fine Art Auction House/Canadian Press)

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