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The Courier Mail  |  Phil Brown

When The Courier-Mail sent Australian artist Sidney Nolan to the Queensland outback and Northern Territory to paint the great drought of 1952 it resulted in a fascinating series of drawings and paintings.
Nolan, revered for his Ned Kelly paintings, was asked by this newspaper to record the effects of severe drought and his work from that expedition is still disturbing and impressive.

Australian Financial Review  |  Peter Fish

More than $30 million worth of art is about to cascade onto the Australian auction market, marking the end of a year that should show the first significant turnover improvement since the collapse of the art boom almost a decade ago.

The Australian  |  Matthew Westwood

Albert Tucker’s Images of Modern Evil paintings are among the creepiest pictures in Australian art, being his response to the physical and moral corruption brought about by World War II.

Art critic Robert Hughes regarded the paintings as formative moments in Australian modernism, and while they weren’t ­immediately popular, most of the 29 extant pictures are today in major public collections.

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The 1964 Melbourne Cup has fetched $140,300 at auction in Sydney.

The nine-carat gold trophy, won by New Zealand horse Polo Prince, has been held in a private Queensland collection since 1999.

Thoroughbred News

Sotheby’s Australia on Tuesday sold at auction the 1964 Melbourne Cup, which was won by New Zealand horse Polo Prince (NZ).

The sale price doubled its low estimate and sold to a room bidder for $140,300 (estimate $70,000-90,000).

Melbourne Cup Trophy Sold

26 October 2017

Breeding Racing

The 1964 Melbourne Cup has been purchased by an anonymous buyer for $140,300 at an auction in Sydney, reports news.com.au. Sold by Sotheby's, the nine-carat gold trophy, won by New Zealand-bred stayer Polo Prince, has been held in a private Queensland collection since 1999. It is believed the buyer paid more than $50,000 over the estimated sale price.

Australian Auction Review  |  Richard Brewster

A rare Demétre Chiparus figurine is a major highlight of Sotheby’s Australia forthcoming Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design auction from 6pm Tuesday October 24 in Sydney at The Hughenden 14 Queen Street, Woollahra.

The circa 1925 Dancer of Kapurthala has been held in the distinguished South Australian Angas family collection for more than 90 years.

Thoroughbred News

Sotheby’s Australia has been entrusted with the sale of the 1964 Melbourne Cup won by New Zealand horse Polo Prince (NZ). Held in a private Queensland collection since 1999, the 1964 Melbourne Cup was presented by the Governor General, William Sidney, 1st Viscount De L'Isle, to Mrs Edna Davis, co-owner of Polo Prince. The Cup will be auctioned by Sotheby’s Australia on 24 October 2017 in Sydney with an estimate of $70,000-90,000.

The Advertiser  |  Patrick McDonald

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A FRENCH art deco figurine owned by South Australia’s Angas family for more than 90 years, depicting a Spanish flamenco dancer who famously married an Indian Maharajah, will be auctioned next month.

Dancer of Kapurthala, by renowned Paris-based, Romanian-born sculptor Demetre Chiparus, was purchased new by Ronald Fife Angas in the 1920s and has been in the family collection ever since.

Australian Financial Review  |  Peter Fish

Numerous major paintings were on offer, including an epic Arthur Boyd, a trio of paintings by Russell Drysdale and a host of works by Brett Whiteley – but it was the unexpected high-flyers that electrified auction-goers at Sotheby's last week.

The Australian-owned firm, which last year emerged at the top of the major league of art auctioneers by turnover, has a reputation for attracting top works and pitching its estimates at close to what buyers are likely to pay. While many of the prices realised at its sale in Sydney on August 16 were broadly in line with expectations, the firm's chairman, Geoffrey Smith – whose meticulous research is a byword in the business – clearly got a few surprises.

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