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Australian Financial Review | Peter Fish

The mood in the art market is reviving after almost a decade of flatlining annual sales. Evidence of increased dealer activity on behalf of private clients is mounting amid improving sentiment and the evidence of several successful sales this year – culminating in last week's Sotheby's Australia sale, where numerous works realised way above expectations.

The Australian  |  Michaela Boland

The Australian art market ­continued its stellar run last night when Sotheby’s Australia auctioned 108 artworks for $14.3 million, the company’s best result since the market peaked a year before the global financial crisis hit.

Four artist records were set but the highlight of a night when only a couple of big artworks failed to find favour was the sale of a ­Eugene von Guerard landscape which had been owned by the same family for more than five generations. Breakneck Gorge, Hepburn Springs sold to a phone bidder for $1.952m, including Sotheby’s 22 per cent buyers’ premium off a $1m reserve.

The Advertiser  |  Louise Nunn

TWO rare portraits painted by Hans Heysen’s daughter Nora and never seen publicly, are co-incidentally up for auction for the first time.

Being sold by different vendors in Sydney, the paintings were both done inside the same London flat, and give an insight into the artist’s early career.

Interior, painted by the South Australian in 1935 but dated 1938, fetched $120,000 under the hammer at Sotheby’s Australian auction in Sydney last night, with the buyer’s premium taking the sum total to $146,400.

The Daily Telegraph  |  Elzaibeth Fortescue

IT was, says Sotheby’s Australia chairman Geoffrey Smith, “a jaw-dropping moment”. Here it was in his office, a Eugene von Guerard landscape painting whose whereabouts had eluded scholars for almost 150 years. And most unexpectedly of all, the picture had come back to Melbourne, where it was created, from Mexico.

Domain  |  Mary O'Brien

The world of art can be an intimidating place: cool galleries, confusing artworks, beautifully dressed people in the know.

Buying your first piece is like plunging off a cliff. Luckily, armed with good advice from some experts, you can avoid the pitfalls.

The first basic rule is to only buy original work that you love – after all you’re the one who will live with it.

Australian Financial Review  |  Peter Fish

A $3 million art collection from a former executive of Mars group and a rare early Russell Drysdale portrait owned by a one-time editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, are among the attractions at Sotheby's Australia's first auction of the year.

The Australian  |  Michaela Boland

A gold-rush era artwork by the grandfather of Australian landscape painting, Eugene von Guerard, which has been owned by the same family for five generations, is expected to sell for more than $1  million at auction next month at Sotheby’s in Sydney.

The Australian  |  Michaela Boland

It is 100 years this year since the birth of the nation’s most successful artist, Sid Nolan, and yet no Australian cultural institution has seized on this as an opportunity to stage an exhibition of his work.

Unusually, leading art auction house Sotheby’s has. At the company’s Sydney display room, a collection of more than two dozen rarely seen artworks has been hung on display chronologically.

The New Daily  |  David Spicer

Many of the greatest paintings by late Australian artist Sidney Nolan will be seen in public for the first time over the next two weeks.

A gallery in Sydney’s eastern suburbs has borrowed 30 of the artist’s works from private collections to mark the centenary of his birth next month.

Newcastle Herald  |  Jim Keller

Newcastle art dealer and gallery owner Mark Widdup has expressed regret that a chance for a Hunter public gallery to own an important William Dobell work has been missed.

The Australian  |  Michaela Boland

As the nation’s art auction houses draw the shutters on a busy year, sales figures reveal a dynamic buyers’ market in an industry that’s working harder for the money. With just a few small sales outstanding this year, total artwork transactions at auction were $102 million, about 8 per cent down on last year.

The Australian  |  Michaela Boland

Charles Blackman’s Alice in Wonderland oil The Game of Chess set an auction record for the artist at Sotheby’s Australia’s final Important Australian art sale of the year at Sydney’s ­Inter­Continental Hotel last night.

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