Maud Lewis: Portrait of Eddie Barnes and Ed Murphy

Mennonite Central Committee
May 2017
12:00 PM EDT
May 2017
09:00 PM EDT

About Our Auction

The painting, entitled Portrait of Eddie Barnes and Ed Murphy, Lobster Fisherman, Bay View, N.S. is painted on beaverboard, a pulp board, which is indicative of the types of media on which Maud Lewis' work was created. Living in poverty for most of her life, she sold her paintings from her small home near Digby, Nova Scotia for as little as $2 and $3. After achieving national attention through an article in the Star Weekly and being featured in a CBC TV documentary, two of her paintings were ordered by the White House during Richard Nixon's presidency. Lewis died in 1970. This painting has been authenticated by JC Miller Antiques and Alan Deacon.

Please note, there is no buyer's premium or sales tax applied to the sale of this painting. The bid amount is the amount the successful bidder will forward to Mennonite Central Committee.

Unfortunately due to the actions of an unqualified bidder in the previous auction of this painting we are now asking bidders to pre-qualify before they are given permission to bid by providing your full name, current address and phone number, name and address of your bank and to submit a refundable $1,000.00 credit card deposit. We will charge your credit card and if you are not the winning bidder the amount will be refunded within 3 business days of the auction close. All information provided will be kept completely confidential.

After you register as a bidder, a representative from MCC will be in touch to confirm details and to obtain your credit card and banking info. We regret any inconvenience to bidders, but hope you understand our position and invite you to continue your efforts to purchase this storied piece.

About Mennonite Central Committee

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice.

The proceeds from this auction will support emergency relief efforts, sustainable development initiatives, and peacebuilding projects in Ontario and around the world.

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