Kenojuak Ashevak print sells for record-breaking price
'It's a great, famous, rare, iconic print,' says auction house
Rabbit Eating Seaweed may not be as famous as her Enchanted Owl, but it was Kenojuak Ashevak's debut print in her very first Cape Dorset collection and it sold for a record amount on Wednesday.
"That is a record price for any work by Kenojuak and we're very proud of it," said Ingo Hessel, who heads the auction house's Inuit and First Nations art department.
"It's a great, famous, rare, iconic print."
"It turned her into an instant art star. By 1960 she had several works in the next collection which included the Enchanted Owl probably her most famous image but Rabbit Eating Seaweed is the one that started it all for her," he said.
The print was one of 333 pieces of art up for auction including a number of sculptures, prints, drawings and textile pieces from American, Canadian and Greenlandic artists, drawing bidders from across the world.
The sales totaled $1.4 million and included several record-breaking bids.
A wall hanging depicting a hunting scene by Jessie Oonark sold for $70,800, a new record for the Baker Lake artist.
A carving by Andy Miki from Arviat titled Animal Figure sold for $38,350, a new record for the renowned minimalist artist.