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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.

Visual Arts Hub  |  Staff Writer

Sotheby’s Australia has announced that a collection of treasures from the estate of Colleen McCullough will go to auction later this month.

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.

1874 Geelong Gold Cup

30 July 2019

Onle Melbourne  |  Geelong Gallery

Geelong Gallery is delighted to mark a major acquisition from a private collection via Sotheby's Australia and the return of Edward Fischer's The 1874 Geelong Gold Cup after 145 years.

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.

Merimbula News  |  Christine McGinn

The family of owner/trainer William James "Bill" Murrell has put the 1959 victory nine-carat gold cup on auction at Sotheby's Australia with expectations it will fetch up to $60,000.

The Daily Telegraph  |  Jacqui Taffel, Wentworth Courier

A new international record for a Garry Shead painting under the hammer was set at yesterday’s auction of Aussie Home Loans founder John Symond’s art collection. The Shead painting, titled The Bearers (Queen of Suburbia), 1997, had a pre-auction estimate of $350,000 — $450,000 and sold for $439,200. Two other works sold for significantly higher than their estimates — Brett Whiteley’s Nude Beside the Basin, 1963, estimated at $350,000 — $550,000, sold for $829,600, including buyer’s premium, and House and Native Tree by Howard Arkley sold for $207,400, high above the estimated $80,000 — $120,000.

Australian Art Sales Digest  |  David Hulme & Brigitte Banziger

Sotheby’s Australia presented their last fine art sale of 2018 with two catalogues; the first catalogue was set aside specifically for the sale of 14 artworks owned by Aussie Home Loans founder John Symond. The catalogue allowed a glimpse of exactly where some of these artworks by John Brack, Garry Shead, Arthur Boyd and Yvonne Audette were displayed in his opulent Sydney harbour home.

Australian Financial Review  |  Peter Fish

With an estimated $10 million plus of art about to go under the hammer, Sotheby's is set to dominate the Australian art auction stakes for the second year in a row. Among a plethora of big names, its line-up for the auction includes no less than five Brett Whiteleys, five Sidney Nolans and six Arthur Boyds, plus a John Brack and Jeffrey Smart consigned by Aussie Home Loans founder John Symond.

Antiques Reporter | Richard Brewster

Two 20th century famille-rose figural plaques absolutely rocked auction goers when they achieved more than 24 times their catalogue estimate at Sotheby’s Australia’s Melbourne October sale of Treasures: Important Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design.

With Sotheby’s estimating the plaques at a modest $5000-$7000, bidders went berserk with the successful purchaser eventually paying $122,000 for the two Chinese plaques.

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