November 29, 2013 3:55 pm

Emily Carr painting sold for record 3.4 million dollars

The Crazy Stair by Emily Carr
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An Emily Carr painting has been sold for $3,393,000 in Toronto, setting many records.

It became the most expensive painting by the B.C. artist to ever be sold at an auction.

It also set the record as the most valuable painting by a Canadian female artist and the fourth most valuable piece ever sold in Canadian art auction history.

The Crazy Stair was painted sometime between 1928 and 1930 during Carr’s mature period, and was in possession of the Vancouver Club before the sale.

The painting was initially estimated to be worth between 1.2 and 1.6 million Canadian dollars, but fetched a much higher price.

“We previewed the auction across Canada and we had a lot interest in this painting from across the country,” says Robert Heffel with the Heffel Fine Art Auction House that sold the painting. “The number of people that wanted the work drove the price up.”

The painting was sold to an anonymous Canadian buyer.

Carr was born in Victoria and is famous for her portrayal of B.C.’s West Coast and First Nations culture.

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