Heffel Auction: Jean-Paul Lemieux Painting Sells For Megabucks In Vancouver

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The bust of famous French Canadian painter Jean-Paul Lemieux on Cote de la MontagneWednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 in Quebec City . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot | CP

VANCOUVER - A painting by Quebec artist Jean-Paul Lemieux has sold for $1,813,500 at the Heffel Fine Art Auction House's spring sale in Vancouver.

The sale price for "La plage américaine" is far above the pre-auction estimate, which suggested the winning bid would be in the $500,000 to $700,000 range.

Lemieux, who died in 1990, is considered one of the foremost Quebec painters of the 20th century.

Another of his paintings, "Le mois de juin," sold for $380,250 at Thursday night's auction.

Other works up for sale Thursday night included Emily Carr's "Eagle Totem" and Lawren Harris's sketch "Lake Superior."

The auction was expected to bring in between $9 million and $12 million.

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