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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

Syndicated: Cairns Post, The Courier-Mail, The Daily Telegraph, Gold Coast Bulletin, The Herald Sun, The Mercury, News.com.au, NT News

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.

Australian Auction Review

Arthur Boyd’s Moby Dick Hill sold for $1.2 million at Sotheby’s Australia’s Sydney August 16 sale and became the third highest priced work at auction for the artist.

Sotheby’s Australia chairman Geoffrey Smith said the result was a testament to the genius of an artist who, following World War II, encapsulated the urgency and vitality of an Expressionist style that contributed significantly to the history and development of 20th century Australian art.

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