A piece of art from one of the most famous artists in Canadian history will remain in the country after going up for auction in Calgary.

An Emily Carr watercolour painting, called Kitseukla, sold on Sunday for $200,000 — two-thirds of the expected price, said auctioneer Doug Levis. The buyer, who wished to remain anonymous, will keep the painting in Canada.

"We only had one phone bidder for the auction and in an auction it's always best to have two people. I'm sorry that we didn't get more interest, but why exactly I'm not sure."

Monique Westra, a former Glenbow Museum curator, said the buyer "got a steal."

Emily Carr established herself as one of Canada's most famous artists with her depictions of native life on Canada's West Coast. She died at the age of 73 on March 2, 1945, at her home in Victoria, B.C.

Her work now hangs in museums and prestigious art galleries around the world.