First Arts First Nations and Inuit Art Sale Breaks More Auction Records

Works by ten Indigenous artists surpass world sales records at July 13 live auction

TORONTO, July 15, 2021 / CNW / – As the leading promoter of Indigenous art at auction in Canada, First Arts’ fourth successful auction on July 13e set ten new world records for works by Inuit and First Nations artists. During the live auction, 130 works from historical and classical periods, as well as modern and contemporary periods were auctioned for a total of $ 1.2 million in sales.

Artists and record works included:

  • Robert davidsonS’gan mask$ 90,000 (an auction record for an artist’s mask)
  • Elijassiapik – Polar bear lying down$ 38,400 (an auction record for the artist)
  • Oviloo Tunnillie – Swimming Sedna$ 31,200 (triple the previous auction record for the artist)
  • Sheokjuk Oqutaq – Young hunter with captured geese$ 31,200 (an auction record for the artist)
  • Manasia Akpaliapik – Drum dancer$ 26,400 (an auction record for the artist)
  • Mary Sanaaq Papigatok – Mother with two children$ 24,000 (an auction record for the artist)
  • Yvonne Kanayuq – Mother with three children$ 10,800 (an auction record for the artist)
  • Lukta Qiasuk – Owl – $ 8,400 (a record auction for an artist’s print)
  • Anansiya Alikatuktuk – Talelayu and family$ 7800 (an auction record for this print and this artist)
  • Tim Pitsiulak – Tattooed whale$ 4,320 (an auction record for a print by the artist)

Other notable pieces included works by unidentified 19th-century Haida argillite artists, such as a rare Recorder ($ 33,600), a 19th century Chef holding a copper ($ 31,200), and a large Totem Pole model ($ 22,800); and exceptional Inuit sculptures, including an unidentified rare from the 1950s Mother and child ($ 33,600), the elegant of Osuitok Ipeelee Caribou walking ($ 55,200), and John Pangnark’s summary Figure in motion ($ 48,000).

“We are delighted that our curatorial approach to selling Indigenous art is gaining more and more interest among collectors around the world,” said First Arts partner, Ingo Hessel. “Naturally, we are delighted that our spectacular works offerings continue to achieve exceptional auction results,” he said.

First Arts is committed to encouraging Indigenous artists, empowering Indigenous voices, and supporting Indigenous communities through regular donations to a wide range of philanthropic and cultural initiatives. As part of these ongoing efforts, First Arts will announce a new round of donations later this summer.

SOURCE First Arts

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Laura J. Boyer