Painting tied to Manhattan Project to be auctioned
OTTAWA (AFP) - A 74-year-old painting depicting the Canadian mine that produced uranium for the world's first atomic bomb will go under the hammer in Toronto on November 22, set to fetch up to C$365,990.
A.Y. Jackson, an artist from the Group of Seven landscape collective, painted Radium Mine after visiting the Northwest Territories mine on the eastern shore of Great Bear Lake in 1937, just before the Second World War began.
The outdoor enthusiast and adventurer had been invited by his friend and prospector Gilbert LaBine. He headed west on a train and boarded LaBine's cramped float plane in Edmonton to the site.
Uranium from the mine was Canada's contribution to the Manhattan Project, which was developing the world's first nuclear bomb. The Jackson painting is "historically significant," according to Heffel Fine Art's catalogue entry for the auction.