Highlights from Our Fall 2013 Inuit Art Auction

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Inuit Art Continues to Shine

Thank you to all who attended our Fall Live auction of Important Inuit art on Monday evening (November 18th, 2013). We are thrilled with the individual results as well as the overall successful selling rate.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Our catalogue cover piece which fetched $38,400 (lot 102)
  • Gorgeous Henry Evaluardjuk polar bear for $21,600 (lot 120)
  • In graphics, we were especially pleased to see that Oonark’s three-coloured pencil drawings fetched over $22,000 collectively (lots 60-62).
  • One of the most admired works in the auction was Elizabeth Nutaraluk’s tableau of a mother adorned with her children, a little over 7″ high, fetching six times its estimate.

Some of you wondered why our fall auction was held a couple of weeks later than usual this year. By adjusting our schedule this fall, Waddington’s succeeded in exposing Inuit art to a wider audience. Through hosting events and combining our advanced preview with the Claridge Collection preview we were able to show the works to even more potential collectors in addition to our valued clients that are already familiar with Inuit art. In review, Inuit art was on display a total of 9 days this month including two weekends. There were three private events attended by a total of over 100 esteemed guests. An additional 150 people attended our exclusive preview and cocktail evening prior to the Claridge auction.

We continually strive to nurture new awareness for Inuit art which is becoming highly important in this changing economy and collecting demographic. As Inuit art lovers we know you share our desire to expand the collecting base in order to encourage a healthy market and strong public perception about this beloved art form.

We are truly grateful for your support this season, and as is the case for many of you, the support you’ve demonstrated over the last 35 years of Inuit art auctions at Waddington’s. We follow up our exciting auction season with a fresh batch of Inuit artwork in our online auction in January 2014, while we continue to hunt for top quality artwork to offer you in our Spring Live auction of Important Inuit art.

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