Smith & Singer, then operating as Sotheby's Australia, established offices and opened under licence in Australia in 1983, following the Sotheby's model of holding regular auctions in the areas of Fine Art, Fine Furniture & Decorative Arts, and Jewellery. In 1995 the company became wholly owned by Sotheby's only to be restructured under a strict licence agreement in 2009 when co-owners Gary Singer and Geoffrey Smith acquired the rights to use the Sotheby's Australia name. Following an immensely successful decade where the company cemented its position as the market-leading auction house in Australia, Mr Singer and Mr Smith decided to rebrand the company with their own names as a married couple in Australia.
Smith & Singer continues to be the only auction house in Australia to operate an independently audited Trust Account for clients’ funds. The company continues to represent the estates of the late Albert Tucker AO and David Larwill, as well as renowned contemporary artists, Criss Canning and John Kelly.
Today Smith & Singer conducts auctions regularly in both Melbourne and Sydney. Specialist sales include Australian & International Art and Jewels. In these areas Smith & Singer is the premium auction-house within Australia, combining traditional expertise with integrity and inventiveness.