Peter Doig’s Country-rock (wing mirror) will come up at Sotheby’s sale on Contemporary Art in London on June 30. Painted in London it depicts a much loved landmark near Toronto, the rainbow tunnel which appeared above an underpass alongside the Don Valley Parkway in 1972. Sotheby’s say it is one of the most important works by the artist ever to appear on the market. It belongs to a series of three works which rank among the most celebrated of the artists oeuvre. The Country Rock trio all centre on the same vista of the Don Valley Parkway. This is the only one ever to have come to auction and it is estimated at in the region of £9 million.
Cheyenne Westphal, Co-Global Head of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s, said: “The rainbow tunnel is one of the most prominent and resonant motifs in Doig’s oeuvre. For lovers of Doig, it has a supreme status – akin only perhaps to that of the canoe – and of all the works in which the motif appears, the Country-Rock series is the apogee. Doig is a giant in the current market, and this particular work is fabled. Its appearance at auction represents an all-time first – and hugely exciting – opportunity for collectors.”