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A mountainscape painting by Group of Seven founder Lawren Harris has become the most expensive artwork ever to sell at a Canadian auction.
Mountain Forms, a renowned 1926 painting of Alberta’s Mount Ishbel in the Sawback Range of the Rocky Mountains in Banff National Park, sold for $9.5 million at the Heffel Fine Art Auction House in Toronto tonight.
Including the 18 per cent buyer’s premium, which comes out of the winning bidder’s pocket and goes to the auction house, the total price was $11.21 million.The 1.5-metre tall, 1.8-metre wide canvas vastly surpassed its expected sale price of between $3 million and $5 million. It replaces Paul Kane’s Scene in the Northwest as the record holder. That painting was purchased in 2002 by art lover and media baron Ken Thomson for a total of $5,062,000.
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