Jean Paul Riopelle paint­ing sells for more than $7.4M

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

A paint­ing by the late Que­bec artist Jean Paul Riopelle has sold for more than $7.4 mil­lion, good for sec­ond on the list of Canada’s most ex­pen­sive works of art. Go­ing into the Hef­fel Fine Art Auc­tion House’s spring sale on Wed­nes­day, the paint­ing “Vent du nord” had a con­ser­va­tive pre-sale es­ti­mate of $1 mil­lion to $1.5 mil­lion. The fi­nal sale price of $7,438,750, which in­cludes a buyer’s premium, trails only Lawren Har­ris’s “Moun­tain Forms.” That paint­ing sold at a Hef­fel auc­tion in Novem­ber for $11.21 mil­lion, more than dou­bling the pre­vi­ous Cana­dian art record es­tab­lished in 2002 for Paul Kane’s 1845 oil can­vas “Scene in the North­west - Por­trait.” Six other works by Har­ris were set to go on the auc­tion block Wed­nes­day, in­clud­ing two sketches with pre-sale es­ti­mates of be­tween $600,000 and $800,000.

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