A painting of the most famous culvert in the world – Don Valley Parkway’s rainbow tunnel – was hammered down at $15-millionCAD in a SOTHEBY’S LONDON auction, June 30/2014. Motorists traveling on TORONTO’s DVP can view the subject itself in a ditch on the northbound side of the highway.
The artist, Edinburgh-born PETER DOIG, who once lived in TORONTO, created the work in London. Graffiti artist B.C. (Berg) Johnson painted the tunnel in 1972 as a memorial to a friend killed in a road accident on the adjacent highway.
From BLOUIN ART INFO: “Country-rock (wing mirror, 1999), is considered to be one of Peter Doig’s major cinematic styled landscapes and never before appeared at auction. It sold to an anonymous telephone bidder for a record £8,482,500 (estimate in the region of £9 million). Counting this one, six Doig paintings have sold for over $10 million at auction.
Two other large-scale versions of the Don Valley Parkway rainbow exist, one of them residing at the PINCHUK ART CENTRE in KIEV, while the other version was shown in Doig’s retrospective at TATE BRITAIN in 2008. “Tunnel Passing (Country-rock)”, a smaller and later version from 2000, sold at Sotheby’s London in June 2010 for £265,350 or $399,617US.”