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In a tale of two auctions

May 14, 2014

The Australian Financial Review  |  Peter Fish

Even a towering effort by the late Fred Williams couldn’t save Bonhams’ important fine art sale in Sydney on Monday, with a big tally of unsold paintings heading back to disappointed vendors and only a handful of respectable prices.

But the Sotheby’s Australia sale the ­following night – the night of Treasurer Joe Hockey’s “horror” budget – was seemingly a world apart, recording exceptional prices and artist records.


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