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The Photography of Carol Jerrems Boasts Australia's Highest-Priced Photo – In Pictures

27 February 2020

The Guardian  |  Staff Writer

Carol Jerrems was a Melbourne-based photographer who died in 1980, at just 30 years old. Last November her work rocked the art world when a print of Vale Street (1975) sold for $122,000 ($1,00,000 hammer price) at a Sotheby’s Australia (now operating as Smith & Singer) auction. In her short and intense career she focused on figurative compositions that were intensely personal and informative of a life lived in Melbourne in the 70s.

Sydney Morning Herald  |  Nick Miller

Take a stab at what would be the most valuable Australian photograph ever sold. A Bill Henson? Max Dupain’s Sunbaker? As of November last year it is Vale Street, by Melburnian Carol Jerrems, taken in St Kilda in 1975. A print sold for $122,000 ($100,000 hammer price) at a Sotheby’s Australia auction – more than 10 times the previous record for the artist, and more than double the pre-auction estimate of $30,000–50,000.

Arts Hub  |  Visual Arts Writer

Artists do their bit for bushfires, Opera Australia to present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella,iconic street art festival returns to Benalla, plus more arts news.

The Age  |  Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

International auction house Sotheby’s will cease to exist in Australia after nearly 50 years of operation when the married couple who run the business drop the famous name for their own.  Following months of speculation, power couple Geoffrey Smith and Gary Singer confirmed they will relaunch their auction house at the same Melbourne and Sydney offices under the name Smith & Singer from January 1.

Time + Tide  |  Nick Kenyon

Last time I covered a Sotheby’s Australia auction, it was my first time attending a watch auction, and while there were a number of highlights, the sale was heavily weighted towards jewellery. In December, however, Hamish Sharma, the Head of Jewels at Sotheby’s Australia, and his hardworking team have produced a sale that not only has more watches but includes a number of very rare pieces that may have never hit the public market in Australia before.

Financial Review  |  Peter Fish

If Sotheby’s Australia was out to impress the new owner of the international operation which bears the venerable name, its latest $14 million Sydney auction can’t have done it any harm.

Broadsheet  |  Caitlyn Batterham

An exhibition of cutting-edge contemporary photography at the Monash Gallery of Art. The Bowness Photography Prize, in conjunction with the MGA Foundation, has been recognising visionary contemporary Australian photographers since 2006.

Time + Tide  |  Nick Kenyon

Next month, Sotheby’s Australia are hosting their Important Jewels Auction in Melbourne, with a catalogue that includes a small collection of watches ... After passing the catalogue around the office this morning, there are a couple of standout pieces that were T+T team favourites.

Visual Arts Hub  |  Gina Fairley

A painting measuring just 22cm by William Dobell has sold this week at Auction just shy of $1M, lifting spirits across the market.

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