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Rare Tom Thomson portrait sold for over $170, 000

Artist Tom Thomson’s painting Daydreaming. The rare portrait sold to a private collector in western Canada for $172,500, including buyer’s premium.


A rare portrait painting by Tom Thomson has sold to a private collector in western Canada for $172,500, including buyer's premium.

The sale of Daydreaming (Portrait of Thoreau MacDonald) was announced Friday afternoon by Toronto-based Consignor Canadian Fine Art Auctioneers and Appraisers, which included the oil among some 230 lots offered for online sale.

Consignor was started earlier this year primarily as a web-based purveyor of fine Canadian art, with Rob Cowley, former chief auctioneer and art specialist with Joyner Waddington's auctioneers, as president.

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Daydreaming, a horizontal composition painted around 1914 and featuring the reclining son of Group of Seven member J.E.H. MacDonald, went into bidding with a pre-sale estimate of $200,000-$250,000.

Bidding for Consignor's inaugural online fall sale started Nov. 20 and concluded Friday at 2:00 p.m. ET.

The record for a Thomson sold at auction is $2.75-million, set in late 2009 by Vancouver-based Heffel Fine Art for Early Spring, Canoe Lake (1917).

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