Matthew Wong’s career was just taking off at the time of his death last year. Demand for his work has only grown since, with one of his pieces, “The Realm of Appearances”, selling for US$1.5 million at auction this week, having been bought for US$22,000 two years ago. Photo: Sotheby’sMatthew Wong’s career was just taking off at the time of his death last year. Demand for his work has only grown since, with one of his pieces, “The Realm of Appearances”, selling for US$1.5 million at auction this week, having been bought for US$22,000 two years ago. Photo: Sotheby’s
Matthew Wong’s career was just taking off at the time of his death last year. Demand for his work has only grown since, with one of his pieces, “The Realm of Appearances”, selling for US$1.5 million at auction this week, having been bought for US$22,000 two years ago. Photo: Sotheby’s

Canadian artist’s work is setting sale records after his death – here’s why everyone’s after a Matthew Wong original

  • Canadian artist Matthew Wong, who killed himself in October, created about 1,000 works. This week one bought in 2018 for US$22,000 was sold for US$1.5 million
  • Art experts say his works have been ‘nearly impossible to obtain’, thanks to strong demand, and that ‘remarkable things have been happening around his work’
Topic |   Art
Matthew Wong’s career was just taking off at the time of his death last year. Demand for his work has only grown since, with one of his pieces, “The Realm of Appearances”, selling for US$1.5 million at auction this week, having been bought for US$22,000 two years ago. Photo: Sotheby’sMatthew Wong’s career was just taking off at the time of his death last year. Demand for his work has only grown since, with one of his pieces, “The Realm of Appearances”, selling for US$1.5 million at auction this week, having been bought for US$22,000 two years ago. Photo: Sotheby’s
Matthew Wong’s career was just taking off at the time of his death last year. Demand for his work has only grown since, with one of his pieces, “The Realm of Appearances”, selling for US$1.5 million at auction this week, having been bought for US$22,000 two years ago. Photo: Sotheby’s
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