Heffel Fine Art Auction House hammered down the sixth highest grossing Canadian fine art auction at our May 2011 live sale in Vancouver, and has now conducted all 11 of the top grossing sales of Canadian fine art. The auction exceeded its conservative pre~sale estimate of $8 to $12 million, selling $13.5 million worth of Canadian art and breaking the $1 million mark three times. As the industry leader, Heffel, in the spring 2011 sale, sold more than all of our competitors’ sales totals combined in the 2011 spring season and realized a total value of over 168% of the pre~sale low estimate, with 87% of the consigned lots sold. The high value market proved very strong at Heffel. We achieved a 100% sold success rate for all works offered over $300,000, and realized a 167.43% value of their low pre~sale estimates. The average price per sold lot rated over both sessions was $92,546, with three paintings selling for over $1 million, five paintings over $750,000, 26 paintings over $100,000 and 12 new records set. The Post~War & Contemporary Art session realized a record $8.7 million in sales and included work from 16 living artists, four of which set new records for the artists.
Unmatched Expertise in Handling Estates, Corporate Collections and Important Private Collections
Heffel continues to be the proven expert at handling important estates, such as that of Edgar and Dorothy Davidson, conservative estimate consigned to Heffel this spring. The Davidson estate featured 34 lots and had a of $2.5 to $3.5 million, eclipsed when the combined estate lots realized $4,904,055. The auction also featured works from the estate of Theodosia Dawes Bond Thornton, whose collection continues to amaze Canadians with its depth and richness, and the estate of Andrée Lavigne~Trudeau, who was married to the brother of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia consigned two remarkable works by E.J. Hughes. Coastal Boats Near Sidney, BC, from 1948, was hammered down at $1,140,750 and Mouth of the Courtenay River, from 1952, sold for $789,750.
Record Canadian Post~War & Contemporary Art Session
Values for Post~War & Contemporary works have seen substantial and continued growth. Two Jean Paul Lemieux works, Dimanche and Les Moniales, went under the hammer for $819,000 and $1,023,750 respectively. Jean~Paul Riopelle’s Sans titre sold for $1,082,250, and two stunning works by Paul~Émile Borduas, Chant d’été and Au coeur de la banquise, both from 1955, sold for $409,500 and $380,250 respectively. In all, 11 records were set in this session.
Strong Fine Canadian Art Session
A.Y. Jackson’s striking oil on canvas Smart River, Alaska Highway sold
for $479,700, well above the high end of its $125,000 ~ $175,000 estimate. David Milne’s 1914 work, Woman and Bright Trees, West Saugerties, NY, sold for $409,500, while two Helen McNicoll works, the idyllic Market in Brittany and Making Posies, sold for $234,000 and $210,600 respectively. Lawren Harris’s Mountains, Jasper, from 1924, was hammered down at $210,600, Lake Superior Near Coldwell went for $117,000 and North Shore, Lake Superior, Pic Island II sold for $269,100. Emily Carr’s Trees in the Wind Circle achieved $198,900. Horatio Walker’s gorgeous The Ice Cutters, Île d’Orléans was the record setter in this session of the sale, beating the pre~sale high estimate of $45,000 by selling at $87,750. Two luminous Davidson estate works by Frederick Varley, Clouds and a Tree and Autumn Haze, sold for $35,100 and $58,500 respectively, well above their $25,000 high estimates.
Canadian Art Market Continues Strong
While the million dollar club garners much media attention, all facets of the Canadian art market are strong at Heffel. William Kurelek’s Cookee Making Dinner Call in Canadian Bush Camp carried a pre~sale estimate of $15,000 ~ $20,000 and sold for $128,700, more than six times its pre~sale estimate. Sales volume in this range is very high and, as always, works of exceptional quality and rarity with impeccable provenance are highly sought after. With bidders from across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia on the 17 phones and in the room, many lots were considered once~in~a~lifetime opportunities.
Heffel Online Auctions
Heffel’s monthly online sessions for 2011 to date have sold 522 lots for a total of $2,480,861. The combined May sessions of Canadian art this spring had a total sales value of $966,303. We offer monthly online specialty sales in a variety of categories, including American art, Asian art, South Asian art, British art, European art, fine photography and First Nations art.
Although Heffel’s art auction marketing system is the best venue to market important works of art to their fullest advantage, we understand there may be circumstances where clients wish to sell privately. Heffel has a longand successful reputation in brokering private sales through our offices across Canada and our global network of clients. Heffel is a Canadian leader in private sales of important Canadian and international art. Our team of experts will be pleased to assist, one to one, sellers and buyers to develop a customized sales strategy for the successful private sale of your important art works. Take advantage of the leading and most successful firm in the Canadian art industry to access the most powerful and aggressive private and institutional collectors of Canadian art. Heffel looks forward to the opportunity to review all your buying and selling needs and requirements in a professional and confidential manner.
Heffel’s infrastructure, with offices across Canada and leading edge technological innovation, has firmly established Heffel Fine Art
Auction House as the market leader, bringing in collectors from across Canada as well as Asia, the United States and Europe. Heffel’s national and global strength in the sale of Canadian art is unparalleled. The Heffel commitment to excellence in customer service is paramount, and full~colour, scholarly catalogues are mailed to thousands of
clients. Marketing to our extensive international client base in both written and electronic formats, our global reach is unprecedented. Virtual previews of sale works are a newly added enhancement, allowing clients to tour Heffel previews with the click of a mouse. By holding beautifully orchestrated black~tie sales in five~star ballrooms with expert staff to handle telephone and absentee bids, Heffel’s careful attention to the smallest details has laid the foundation for our success.
About Heffel Fine Art Auction House
Founded in Vancouver, BC, Heffel Fine Art Auction House has conducted the
top 11 highest value live auctions of Canadian art. The auction house is led
by an experienced team of fine art specialists and has a national presence with offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Calgary. As the industry leader, Heffel holds over 60% market share of worldwide Canadian art auction sales, with over $275 million in art auction sales since 1995. We publish our entire live auction online at www.heffel.com, from initial promotion and illustrated lot listings to the auction’s live multi~camera webcast and final sale results. Heffel represents your fine artworks respectfully in our printed catalogues, online presentation and in previews across Canada, and reaches a vast North American, Asian and European client base. Our attention to every detail, our reputation for handling works of the finest quality, rarity, provenance and ~ of paramount importance ~ with the appropriate estimate, produce outstanding results.