April 18 Auction Results
A very strong auction with some amazing results. A sincere thank you to everyone who participated, both bidders and consignors. We sold 98% of the 341 lots offered and the average price was 209% over the low end of the estimate. There was considerable bidding - over 10,000 bids with as many as 550+ clients active on the website at one time.
The top price was our cover piece, Ivan Eyre's Field Drop which sold for $140,400 against a pre-sale estimate of $25,000/40,000. Fortunately, that was not the only work attracting numerous bidders. Two AY Jacksons had lots of interest, Ile de la Cite, Paris Pont Neuf from 1912 being the top price at $46,800 and the second, Springtime, Buckingham Que. from 1963 sold for $32,175. And in the Group of Seven vein, Arthur Lismer's - Little Dead Pine, Georgian Bay from 1947 sold for $32,175 and a Franz Johnston - Sullen Sunset sold for $11,700 versus $4,000/6,000. A charming little J.E.H. MacDonald titled Thornhill House from 1923 sold for $29,250 against an estimate of $15,000/25,000.
World record prices at auction were set for Ted Godwin’s Autumn's Gold selling for $38,025 against an estimate of $15,000/25,000 and for an oil painting by Walter J. Phillips [one of only two oils to show up at auction] sold for $35,100 against an estimate of $20,000/30,000 - which was still a long way from the record $130k price for of one of his watercolours and $80k for a print. The Jonathan Forrest painting High Wire from 2004 also set a new auction record of $8,190 versus $4,000/6,000. On the international side Roy Lichtenstein's silkscreen Mirror #5 sold for $12,870 versus $4,000/6,000; Pablo Picasso etching Le Cocu Magnifique sold for $3,802 against $500/600 and Jack King’s painting Untitled - Brood Mares sold for $21,060 versus $9,000/2,000.
Our next auction opens soon and closes May 15.
After that, we have a benefit for the Whyte Museum in Banff opening early June and closing June 13.
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Established in 1992, we annually hold two live art auctions. four online art auctions and occasionally host specialized auctions for estates, corporations and galleries. We also offer art storage, appraisals, consultations and various other art services.