Maud Lewis works are sought by collectors far and wide. Nova Scotia was Lewis’ home and it happens to be where one of her pieces held the record for highest hammer price at auction until yesterday.
Lewis’ paintings were inspired by childhood memories of the people and landscapes around Yarmouth, South Ohio and Digby, NS. Many of her paintings were of outdoor scenes, including Cape Islander boats, horses pulling sleighs, skaters, and portraits of dogs, cats, deer, birds, and oxen.
An auction house in Ontario just sold one of her paintings and it smashed the world record price for any Maud Lewis painting. The previous record was held by Bezanson Auctioneering Center in Victoria Vale, NS when they said “sold $45,500” on a Maud Lewis work. Yesterday, an Ontario auction house blew that record out of the water.
Miller and Miller Auctions of New Hamburg, Ontario just announced that on Saturday, May 14 a Maud Lewis painting they auctioned off featuring an antique truck sold for $350,000 at hammer drop. That is more than 7 times the previous record.
The question had been when would Maud Lewis’ work top $100,000, but now that it has happened and the price was more than just eclipsed, the limit her works may sell for is unknown!