Robert Heffel on the Morning Show ~ Global Toronto

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 Auctioneer Robert Heffel joins The Morning Show with samples of artwork that will be auctioned off at Heffel’s 2012 Spring Auction.

Heffel’s 2012 Spring Auction will feature 185 masterworks from Canada’s most famous artists, in Vancouver on May 17th.

Heffel has sold over a quarter of a billion dollars in Canadian art and the spring auction is expected to achieve between $9 and $12 million.

The general public will have the chance to see the artwork at a public preview, happening today and tomorrow at Heffel Gallery in Yorkville, Toronto.

In Other News:

Group of Seven, Lemieux, Carr to Fetch Millions at Major Auction

Melissa Leong, National Post
May 2, 2012


David Heffel stood at a podium in a Toronto hotel ballroom in November, calling out numbers that would make art history.

Jean Paul Lemieux’s famous painting, Nineteen Ten Remembered, was up for bids through the Vancouver-based auction house that Heffel runs with his brother, Robert. They were hopeful that the canvas would break the worldwide record for contemporary Canadian art sold at auction; a Jean-Paul Riopelle painting sold at $1.889-million in 2008.

Nineteen Ten Remembered sold for $2 million, $2.34 million with the buyer’s premium. “When you’re rounding numbers off and standing up at the podium, my concentration is more on the sequence of the increments as opposed to what those numbers actually mean,” Heffel said. “Once you hammer it down. it kind of sinks in then.”

In its upcoming Spring auction which features 185 lots, expected to achieve between $9 million and $12 million, Heffel is offering several Lemieux paintings; while the Lemieux works are not expected to break any records, some do share similar elements to Nineteen Ten Remembered….. (Read Full Article)

Lawren Harris painting of Hamilton Ice House to be Auctioned in Vancouver

Amy Kenny, The Hamilton Spec
May 3, 2012

Pillowy pine and snow-capped mountains, shining lakes and smooth slabs of the Canadian Shield – these are the images Lawren Harris is known for. The Brantford-born Group of Seven painter is rarely associated with the industry and man-made landscape of the urban environment, but a painting of Hamilton is expected to fetch up to $500,000 during an art auction at Vancouver’s Heffel Fine Art Auction House on May 17.

Building the Ice House, Hamilton is a small oil painting (10 5/8 by 12 3/4 inches) of immeasurable significance. Completed in 1912, the panel depicts the construction of an ice house, likely located on the shore of Lake Ontario, says David Heffel, president of Heffel Gallery.

It’s coming from the private collection of a Toronto resident who originally bought the piece when Heffel sold it on behalf of Harris’s family members in November 2002.

“It’s one of those iconic pieces that transcends the Canadian border and generates admiration beyond our country,” Heffel says. Not only has the piece been shown throughout Canada, it’s been included in exhibitions in Miami, Atlanta and Brooklyn. Heffel points to the theme of the piece as one of the reasons for its widespread popularity. Unlike the work of some of Harris’s Quebec colleagues, who were interested in the physical act of harvesting blocks of ice from lakes (a practice that kept ice boxes cold during summer), Building the Ice House, Hamiltonfocuses on something more modern – the industry behind the custom…. (Read Full Article)

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