VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Heffel Fine Art Auction House in Vancouver is holding a major sale of some of the art world’s biggest names, including a Picasso.
“It’s a very, very important painting and I don’t think there are a lot of opportunities to see a Picasso of this quality in Vancouver, let alone all of Canada,” says Robert Heffel.
Pablo Picasso painted the canvas in 1941, depicting one of his iconic subjects, Dora Mar, in a hat. It’s expected to get between $8 million and $10 million at auction, and has never been displayed in Canada – until now.
It’s one of the many works of art being showcased this week, ahead of the live auction.
“It’s a very significant auction, the pre-sale estimates are $20- to $25 million,” Heffel says.
It’s part of a lineup of more than a hundred masterpieces on display, with doors opening to the public for a preview on Saturday.
Heffel says the piece has historic significance.
“1941’s a key year. Picasso is living in Nazi-occupied France at the time and Dora Mar is sort of symbolic of the angst and difficult time period that Picasso’s going through. We’ve got interest from all across Canada and internationally as well,” Heffel says. “We just had a preview in Calgary and we had hundreds and hundreds of people come through the Calgary preview and I think that it was really the Picasso and the Emily Carr that brought everybody in.”
The Emily Carr painting, depicting Alert Bay, B.C., is expected to fetch between $2- and $3 million dollars Canadian.
“It’s an incredible, incredible painting,” Heffel says.
The entire collection will be up for viewing until Tuesday, before being taken down for the November auction. That’s when they make their way into new hands and possibly into private collections and out of the public eye forever.