In an old house they discover a valuable collection of Eskimo art insideSep 192020
The rescued art hoard includes works by Kenojuak Ashevak, one of whose pieces sold for $ 163,500 last year.
Andrey Noskov and his partner, who buy and restore old-fashioned houses and resell them later, discovered a collection of some 40 pieces of Canadian Eskimo art in an old house they bought in Detroit, a US city located on the Canadian border. reports the CBC chain.
Most of the pieces are original, signed by their creators, and date from different periods between the years 1970 and 2000, points out the Inuit Art Quarterly. Some were damaged and require restoration. The collection includes five silkscreens by famous Inuit graphic arts creator Kenojuak Ashevak, who passed away in 2013.
The house was empty for years after the death of its previous owner, an art teacher, and was severely damaged by water. The man's family sold it with part of its contents, apparently without understanding the value of the works that were there. "Some of the most beautiful and precious pieces were found in the garage, under torn papers and different things," said the businessman's wife, Tamara Noskov.
For Mark London, a gallery owner in the Canadian city of Montreal, the discovery may be "a wonderful story for the people who bought the house" but "very sad for a collector." In his opinion, the important thing is to think of a plan about the inheritance of that collection, so that it does not get lost: "Talk about it with your children [and other beneficiaries], so that they know what to do," said the gallery owner.
Another specialist, William Huffman, Eskimo art marketing manager, commented that "the monetary value of these works is skyrocketing." While previously such works of art sold for a mere 35 Canadian dollars (or 26 US dollars), he said, last year one of Kenojuak Ashevak's most famous pieces, 'Enchanted Owl' ('Enchanted Owl') , was acquired for $ 216,000 (or $ 163,500).
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Tamara Noskov says her family wants to sell the collection and will probably keep some of the works they love the most. And she said that for the pieces for sale, they aim to find people who are aware of their value.