With one of the most exciting backstories in Heffel auction history, Tom Thomson’s Sketch for Lake in Algonquin Park did not disappoint at our May 30, 2018 live auction. The painting was consigned from a woman in Edmonton who, for all her life, never believed her father’s Tom Thomson was real. Months ago, she gave it as a gag gift to a friend, who then brought it in to Heffel for appraisal. She was pleasantly surprised when its authenticity was confirmed, and the rest is history. Participation from a number of bidders on the phones and in the Toronto auction room propelled the final sale price for the important sketch to $481,250, more than three times its presale estimate. The two friends will be taking a Mediterranean cruise with the profits.
“There is always bit of magic on the auction floor, and tonight it was brought by the Tom Thomson that until recently was tucked away in a basement,” said David Heffel, President of Heffel Fine Art Auction House. “We believe that the results generated and this uplifting story will remind enthusiasts and collectors that there are still outstanding works of art to be discovered and enjoyed.”