A stunning work-of-art by a Canadian artist was sold at auction Sunday afternoon for a steal - 200-thousand dollars to an anonymous bidder.

Kitseukla a watercolour by Emily Carr was purchased at an auction at Calgary’s Levis Fine Art Auctions.

The winning bid was significantly lower than the anticipated 300-thousand dollars.

This is considered a rare purchase, because most of the Emily Carr pieces of this size (22-by-30-inch watercolour) are in public institutions.

The painting shows totem poles in a First Nations village on British Columbia's Skeena River, it was in the collection of Major Cuthburt Holmes who purchased numerous works directly from the artist.  

Kitseukla has been in the Holmes family for three generations.

The auctioneer says they were hoping for more bidders.