Rare Canadian masterpieces are going under the hammer at a Vancouver auction house on Tuesday.
The auction features a sizeable collection of works from the Group of Seven, which Maynards Fine Art and Antiques CEO Barry Scott said will be among the most popular as they become increasingly hard to find for sale.
“There is not enough of the Group of Seven to accommodate people,” he said.
Small sketches done by famous artists such as Tom Thompson and Emily Carr are likely to sell for as much as one or two million dollars — “ones that took them just a few minutes to do,” said Scott.
Scott expects about 300 to 400 people in the showroom looking to own a piece of Canadian history as the domestic art market expands in terms of buyers.
“Younger professionals are now stepping into the market and buying Canadian art.”