Maud Lewis paintings fetch high prices at auction in London


It was a big day at an auction house in London, UK for enthusiasts of Nova Scotia artist Maud Lewis.

After all has been said and done, the hammer today fell on Woolley and Wallis on two paintings by Lewis for a combined total of £ 62,500 or around $ 105,000.

Both paintings were sold to a private Canadian buyer.

The first, an oil on panel titled Horse and Buggy, was painted by Lewis in 1965. It cost almost $ 58,000.

The second oil on board was also painted in 1965 by Lewis and titled Boats on Digby Bay. It cost a little over $ 46,000.

Each painting is signed by the artist.

Both paintings were part of the Ian Murray collection.

According to Woolley and Wallis, Ian Murray was born in Scotland in 1928, but fell in love with Canada in his youth and became a citizen in 1957.

He was known as a great supporter of Canadian artists and an avid collector of their works.

The auction house says he owned a collection of cars and had dated people like Noel Coward, Ian Fleming, Princess Margaret and Elvis Presley, from whom he had previously bought a car.

The sale of each painting included what’s called a premium, which is basically a commission that the buyer pays on top of the hammer price.

That’s the norm for all auctions, and for Woolley and Wallis, their premium is currently 25 percent.

For example, the Boats on Digby Bay paint sold for almost $ 37,000, the premium was around $ 9,000, which cost the buyer just over $ 46,000.

Originally, Lewis’s paintings were auctioned at much lower prices. Horse and Buggy was expected to fetch up to £ 6,000 or a little over $ 10,000, while Boats on Digby Bay was initially expected to sell for up to £ 5,000 or nearly $ 8,400.

Born in 1901, Lewis was a Canadian folk artist from Nova Scotia who lived most of her life in poverty in a small house in the community of Marshalltown.

She is known, among other things, for her paintings of landscapes, animals and flowers.

She died on July 30, 1970.


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