Heffel auction connects global art collectors in digital auction room


2020 brands 25 years since Heffel’s first live auction and, while the auction house has evolved tremendously with technical advancements, the feeling of excitement is just as strong. The fall sale will be presented in two eagerly awaited sessions, Post-war and contemporary art and Canadian, Impressionist and Modern Art, and comes right after the record-breaking spring auction, which was also presented to a distant audience. Global buyers have the ability to experience the works through realistic and interactive virtual previews, as well as through the company’s all-new digital auction house and auction streaming platform.

“We are delighted to be entrusted with this collection of masterpieces and to present them to an eager and ready market,” said David Heffel, president of the Heffel Fine Art auction house. “Strategic investments in technology have propelled Heffel forward and increased the capacity of our auction room to serve unlimited collectors around the world. “

Highlights of the Heffel auction

  • Jean-Paul Riopelle dominates the auction with seven works on offer, led by the first canvas of 1953 Untitled (is. $ 1,200,000 – 1,800,000) and the large scale The water line of the artist Iceberg series ($ 800,000 – 1,200,000). Heffel is delighted to sponsor the next traveling exhibition, Riopelle: The call of northern landscapes and native cultures, opening soon at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Heffel is also a proud supporter of several other Riopelle initiatives, including the new Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation, volume 5 of the artist’s catalog raisonné and Jean-Paul Riopelle and the Automatist Movement, a book by the late François-Marc Gagnon.
  • In the wake of the record sale of Alex Colville’s Dog and bridge, Heffel is honored to present Woman with revolver, a mighty masterpiece from 1987 (est. $ 600,000 – 800 000). The painting is fresh in the auction market and has been on display extensively in major exhibitions of Colville’s works.
  • Frederic Varley leads the sale of Canadian, Impressionist and Modern art with his portrait of the iconic muse, artist Vera weatherbie. The glowing web, Green and Gold, Portrait of Vera is among the best known and most exceptional works of Varley (est. $ 500,000 – 700,000).
  • The major canvas of EJ Hughes in 1950, Steam arriving at Nanaimo presents one of his most sought-after and favorite subjects – the Canadian Pacific Railway steamboats that once connected Vancouver Island to the mainland. This is the first time this remarkable painting has been offered for auction (est. $ 500,000 – 700,000).
  • Renowned American painter Color Field Kenneth noland shines in the Heffel auction with Erine, a large and powerful canvas from his collectable Stripe series (est. $ 200,000 – 300,000).
  • A highlight of the auction is James wilson morrice The beach, a rare masterpiece that comes from a private collection at Belgium (is. $ 300,000 – 500,000). The Impressionist canvas was painted circa 1898 – 1899 and was included in two European exhibitions at the time. Since then, it is not known where it is and it is the first time that it has touched Canadian soil.
  • Portraits of Emily carr are among the rarest treasures of Canadian art. The two Suzanne and Old man (is. $ 80,000 – 120,000 each) are important pieces in the history of art, and will be offered alongside the spectacular South Bay, Skidegate (is. $ 300,000 – 400,000) and other works by Carr. Carr’s works are currently on view in Emily carr: Cool view at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, a show Heffel is thrilled to support.
  • Two vibrant works of international renown Jack bush complete the post-war offer. Oblique blue (is. $ 500,000 – 650,000) and Stumble all around (is. $ 125,000 – 175,000) are sure to attract the attention of collectors around the world.
  • Centennial celebrations in honor of the Group of Seven resonated everywhere Canada throughout 2020. Among the highlights offered this fall, three boards of founding members Lawren harris, each focusing on distinct and meaningful topics, including Pyramid Mountain, Jasper Park (is. $ 200,000 – 300,000).

Heffel Autumn Auction Calendar

To give interested buyers from across Canada the opportunity to view these works, the collection will be previewed during virtual tours of galleries at the Heffel.com, and by appointment in three cities before the auction.

  • Vancouver: Friday October 30 To Wednesday November 4, 11:006:00 p.m., Heffel Gallery (2247 Granville Street)
  • Montreal: Monday November 16 To Saturday 21 November, 11:006:00 p.m., Heffel Gallery (1840 Sherbrooke Street West)
  • Toronto: Thursday November 26 To Tuesday December 1, 11:006:00 p.m. and Wednesday 2 December, 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m., Galerie Heffel (13, avenue Hazelton)

The two-session auction will take place on Wednesday 2 December. The sale will be broadcast live online at Heffel.com and several remote auction options will be available.

  • 5:00 p.m. ET – Post-war and contemporary art
  • 7 p.m. ET – Canadian, Impressionist and Modern Art

For more details on previews and auctions, and to access the online catalogs, please visit www.heffel.com.

About the Heffel Art Auction House
Heffel has sold more Canadian works of art than any other auctioneer in the world, with sales totaling over half a billion dollars since 1978. With offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Calgary, Heffel has the most experienced team of fine art specialists in Canada and provide superior customer service to sellers and buyers internationally.

SOURCE Heffel Art Auction House

For more information: to schedule an interview or media screening, or for high resolution images, please contact: Rebecca Rykiss, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, [email protected] 416-961-6505 ext 323

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