May 24, 2017
By Michael Kramer
The late Quebec artist Jean Paul Riopelle’s “Vent du nord” has sold for more than $7.4 million – which makes it second on the list of Canada’s all-time most expensive works of art.
Heading into the Heffel Fine Art Auction House’s spring sale today the Riopelle work had a fairly conservative pre-sale estimate of $1 million to $1.5 million.
But the final sale price was a staggering $7,438,750 – which includes a buyer’s premium – and puts “Vent du nord” just after Lawren Harris’s “Mountain Forms” – which sold at a Heffel auction in November for $11.21 million – a figure that more than doubles the previous Canadian art record established in 2002 for Paul Kane’s 1845 oil canvas “Scene in the Northwest – Portrait.”