Lawren Harris Painting, 'Mountain Forms,' Sells For Record-Setting Price At Auction

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TORONTO — The Lawren Harris painting "Mountain Forms" smashed the Canadian art record Wednesday by selling for over $11.2 million, more than double the previous record set in 2002.

Heffel Fine Art Auction House had estimated the 1926 oil canvas would fetch between $3 million and $5 million.

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"Mountain Forms," an iconic 1926 canvas by Group of Seven member Lawren Harris. (Photo: Heffel Fine Art Auction House/CP handout)

The buyer had bid the price of the landscape painting up to $9.5 million, but an 18 per cent buyer's premium boosted the final tally to $11,210,000,

The sale of the Harris piece has shattered the record set in 2002 when Paul Kane's 1845 oil canvas "Scene in the Northwest - Portrait" sold for just over $5 million, after including the buyer's premium.

"Mountain Forms" depicts Mount Ishbel in the Sawback Range in the Rocky Mountains.

Exhibit co-curated by actor Steve Martin

It was one of the works featured in an exhibit of the late landscape artist that was co-curated by American actor-comedian Steve Martin.

The exhibit was presented at the Art Gallery of Ontario earlier this year, as well as the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Harris, who was born in Brantford, Ont., in 1885, is credited with being most responsible for the formation of the Group of Seven.

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