TORONTO — Works by famous Canadian artists — and a “Red Ensign” flag — went under the gavel Wednesday at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Sotheby’s Canada said one of the highlights of their sale was Marcelle Ferron’s painting commissioned for the Peter Stuyvesant Collection in 1960.
The canvas “Untitled” sold for $485,500, more than double the previous record for the artist at auction.
A rare 1868 Canadian “Red Ensign” flag, bearing the coats of arms of the four founding provinces, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec, broke the record when it sold for $117,500.
Significant paintings by members of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries were on sale, including Lawren Harris’s oil sketch, “Water Falls, Agawa Canyon” which sold for $198,000.
“Montreal River, Algoma,” another important oil sketch by Harris, exceeded estimates and sold for $301,500.
Arthur Lismer’s canvas, “Bon Echo Rock,” exceeded expectations sold for $778,750.
Early works by David Milne drew a great deal of interest from collectors. “The Defiant Maple,” Milne’s first publicly exhibited work in New York in 1909 sold for $100,250 and “Boat Reflections, Harlem River” sold for $198,000.
Emily Carr’s “In Sunlight in the Forest,” sold for $750,000.
An iconic painting by Tom Thomson, “Hillside on Big Cauchon Lake - Algonquin Park”, sold for $462,500.
The auction total, including the buyer’s premium, was $7.35 million.