Pauta Saila was an Inuit artist.
Based on ArtValue.ca records, Pauta Saila's estimated art value is C$40,000 (*)
Pauta Saila's work could be available for sale at public auction with prices in the range of C$10,000 - C$100,000, or even much higher.
ArtValue.ca has 239 auction art sale records for their stone sculpture results, with prices in the range of C$10,000 to C$100,000.
marbled dark green stone and ivory
Lot for sale by Walker's Auction House, Ottawa
Thu, May 3, 2012
Estimate $60,000 - $80,000
Sold for CAD $94,400
Dimensions - 13.75 cms x 12 cms (5.41 ins x 4.72 ins)
Lot for sale by Waddington's Auction House, Toronto
Tue, May 28, 2019
Estimate $25,000 - $35,000
Sold for CAD $28,800
Waddington's Auction House Biography and Notes
Pauta Saila is widely considered to be the consummate Inuit carver of polar bears. His respect and deep affection for the animal has been well documented in books and exhibition catalogues (see Ingo Hessel, Arctic Spirit, 2006, p. 90 for one example). Pauta loved carving too, and commented in a 1998 interview (when he was 82) that he still used axes, rasps and files (see Susan Gustavison, Northern Rock, McMichael, 1999, p. 63). He did not coin the phrase "dancing bear" - he probably would have preferred "balancing bear" - but he made the theme famous, iconic, and much copied.