Joe Talirunili


JOE TALIRUNILI (1893-1976)


c. 1970, signed in Roman
4.5" x 7.5" x 2.5" — 11.4 x 19.1 x 6.4 cm.

November 16, 2015

Estimate $20,000-$30,000

Realised: $163,500

Price Realised: $163,500

A diminutive sculpture by legendary Inuit artist Joe Talirunili titled Joe’s Escape, sold for $163,500 at Waddington’s in Toronto on November 16.

The highest price for Inuit Art achieved at auction in 2015, Joe’s Escape joins the ranks of numerous record-setting prices for Inuit Art set by Waddington’s over its 35 years in the Inuit Art market.

In the market Talirunili ranks second to Bill Reid, and outperforms most Canadian sculptors. Joe also enjoys a great deal of international interest.


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Inuit, First Nations & Métis Art

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Duncan McLean


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