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Two E.J. Hughes paintings sell for $2 million at auction

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Painter Jack Shadbolt once described E.J. Hughes as “the most engaging intuitive painter of the BC landscape since Emily Carr.”

Art lovers must certainly agree as two of Hughes’ paintings sold for nearly $2 million dollar at the Heffel Fine Art Spring Auction at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Coastal Boats Near Sidney, BC from the 1940’s sold for $1,140,750. A short time later, Mouth of the Courtenay River from 1952 sold for $789,750.

Both paintings were bought by the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons around $300 each over 60 years ago.

The works have been hanging in the boardroom of the college ever since.

Proceeds from the auction will fund new office space.

E.J. Hughes died in 2007 in Duncan.

The Heffel Fine Art Auction House sold $13.6 million worth of Canadian art in the auction.