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Australian Financial Review  |  Peter Fish

Art dealer Denis Savill, doyen of the Sydney and Melbourne saleroom scene, is bowing out – with Sotheby's Australia handling a special sale of some of his 120 works by blue-chip artists such as Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan and Charles Blackman.

BlouinArtInfo  |  Nicholas Forrest

Sotheby’s Australia has announced the sale of Australian Art from the private and gallery collection of influential art dealer Denis Savill, who recently announced that he will be retiring at the end of 2016 after 35 years at the helm of Savill Galleries.

The Age  |  James Cockington

Given the billions of dollars invested on thoroughbred horseflesh each year, it seems puzzling that comparatively little value is given to racing memorabilia.

Even Melbourne Cup trophies more than a 100 years old are sold for apparently small amounts. For example, the 1899 trophy to be auctioned by Sotheby's Australia on April 6 has estimates of $60,000 to $80,000.

Australian Art Sales Digest  |  Terry Ingram

The first major painting sold overseas for an Australian vendor in 2016  is a Picasso which  - described as an illustration of the artist's ongoing exploration of the female form - made £1.32 million or $A2.7 million.

Condobolin Argus  |  Melissa Blewitt

A piece of Melbourne Cup history complete with a link to Condobolin is set to go under the hammer later this year.

Thoroughbred News

One hundred and seventeen years after it was awarded, the 1899 Melbourne Cup Trophy will be presented by Sotheby’s Australia for auction on 6 April 2016 in Melbourne.

The Age | Andrew Stephens

When Arthur Streeton visited Lorne with his family in 1921, there was no Great Ocean Road. Visitors went the back way, strenuously, from Winchelsea railway station on a bumpy coach service. If you wanted to visit Lorne – and many knew it as a popular tourist destination – you had to really want to go there.

The Age  |  Kylie Northover

Australian artist John Kelly loves his home in Cork, Ireland, where he and his family have lived for the past 12 years, but there's one thing he misses: Vietnamese food. We meet at Co Do, (arguably) the best Vietnamese restaurant in Sunshine, where Kelly grew up, and where his parents still live, to talk about Kelly's newest artwork.

The Australian  |  Michaela Boland

A modest landscape by little-known Heidelberg School-era artist Jane Price stole the show at Sotheby’s Australia’s Important Australian Art auction in Sydney when it sold for five times more than expected.

Financial Review  |  Jane O'Sullivan

One of Arthur Boyd's most romantic brides is coming out of hiding for Sotheby's Australian art sale in Sydney on November 24. Boyd gave the painting to his brother-in-law, the painter John Perceval, in the late 1950s. It has passed through other private collections since then, but it has never been seen at auction.

Financial Review  |  Peter Fish

Chinese cloisonné – the art of intricately decorating metal vases and other objects with coloured enamels – is on the comeback trail, as demonstrated by its prominence in the latest major Asian art auctions.

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