Strong sales of many works were enjoyed, but a number of notable offerings went completely unsold.
Reporting on the Joyner Waddington’s auction Monday evening, the Canadian Press noted that a 1957 abstract painting by Paul-Emile Borduas sold for about four times its presale estimate. The work, Chatterie, ended up going for $660,800 including buyer’s premium—just $3,000 short of a Borduas record, CP stated.
But CP’s article also noted that no buyers Monday were forthcoming for two paintings by Group of Seven member Franklin Carmichael, estimated at $125,00 to $175,000.
At the Sotheby’s auction on Tuesday, CBC reported, Lawren Harris’s Arctic Sketch XXII doubled its $400,000 to $600,000 estimate, with the bids stopping at $865,000.
But CBC also noted that Harris’s Street in Barrie, Ont., estimated to sell for $900,000 to $1.2 million on Tuesday, didn’t find a buyer. Same for a painting by Tom Thomson estimated at $750,000 to $1 million.
Similarly, while the Heffel auction on Thursday had Harris’s Hurdy Gurdy go for $1.1 million, it also left Jean-Paul Lemieux’s Femme en noir, estimated at $125,000 to $175,000, and his Madeleine, estimated at $125,000 to $175,000, unsold.
But there was at least one hot item across all auctions for the week, the Globe and Mail reported: works by William Kurelek. As the Globe has noted, all 15 Kureleks across the three auctions sold, “most for amounts well above their presale estimates.”