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Renowned Inuit artworks net big sales at Toronto auction – Nunatsiaq News

21 September 2020

“Inuit art is now considered great Canadian art as well as Inuit art”

The COVID-19 pandemic does not appear to have harmed the market for fine Inuit art, judging by sales from last week’s Inuit art auction at Waddington’s in Toronto.

The auction of about 125 lots last Wednesday evening was “unusual,” said Duncan McLean, the auction house’s president of Inuit art. While such events are usually packed with attendees, for this one, the audience was at home, watching the auction as it streamed on YouTube.

But despite it being a virtual event, the auction racked up $1 million in sales, McLean said, which, as he put it, is “a big chunk of money for something [like Inuit art] that is so focused.”

McLean said the auction shows the power of the growing interest in Inuit art.

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