Colville’s masterpiece breaks artist record at Heffel live virtual auction


New record set for internationally renowned Canadian icon Alex Colville, with his masterpiece, Dog and bridge, which sold for $ 2,401,250. The 1976 painting is one of the most notable and recognized examples of the war artist ever to come to market. This was the very first appearance of the work at auction, as it had been in private hands for decades.

“Presenting a masterpiece as special as Colville’s Dog and bridge was a highlight for Heffel, and we are delighted that our enthusiasm was matched by our bidders, ”said David Heffel, president of the Heffel Fine Art auction house. “This sale and all the incredible artwork on offer has proven that even in times of change, art continues to inspire and provide a beacon of light.”

Spring 2020 Live Auction Highlights

  • Alex Colville’s highly anticipated Dog and bridge surpassed his estimate of $ 800,000 to 1,200,000 and sold for an incredible result of $ 2,401,250 at the Heffel auction, a new world record for the artist at auction.
  • Canvas Pablo Picasso are among the most sought-after works in the global art market. His 1939 Head of a woman was shipped from an eminent Montreal collection and sold tonight for an awesome $ 1,321,250 (is. $ 1,200,000 – 1,600,000).
  • major works of the abstract expressionist painter Joan mitchell have attracted the attention of auctions around the world in recent months. Mitchell’s oil on canvas triptych competition, Untitled pushed its selling price to $ 1,171,250 (is. $ 400,000 – 600,000).
  • Yvonne McKague Housser rare and living canvas, City of Cobalt is a defining example of his career and an important part of Canadian art history. The painting broke the previous artist record and sold more than four times its presale estimate, totaling $ 205,250 (is. $ 30,000 – 50,000).
  • Numerous works by Jean-Paul Riopelle were led by the commander and on a large scale The alarm, which sold for $ 1,201,250 (is. $ 1,000,000 – 1.5 million). Other impressive results have been obtained for Portal no. 2, which sold for $ 361,250 (is. $ 150,000 – 250,000) and Lianas, which sold for $ 253,250 (is. $ 200,000 – 300,000).
  • Five important works by Lawren harris, spanning most of his career, performed well in the Heffel auction. Spectacular sound Northeast corner of Lake Superior (Lake Superior Sketch XXXVIII) recovered $ 481,250 (is. $ 250,000 – 350,000) and LSH 89A, vibrant painting from his period of abstraction, sold for $ 277,250 (is. $ 150,000 – 250,000).
  • Five impressive artist records were set at the Heffel Spring Auction, including the sale of A face to a face through Ron martin for $ 97,250 (is. $ 40,000 – 60,000), Totem, Alert Bay by WJ Phillips for $ 157,250 (is. $ 30,000 – 40,000) and Venice of a postcard through Harold Town for $ 67,250 (is. $ 20,000 – 30,000).

Heffel is currently accepting submissions for the fall 2020 auction season, including international artwork.

For more information on the works included in the Heffel Spring Auction, visit

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.

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For More Information: For more information, to schedule an interview, or for images and a b roll, please contact: Rebecca Rykiss, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, [email protected], 416-961-6505 ext. 323

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