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The Australian Financial Review  |  Peter Fish

Even a towering effort by the late Fred Williams couldn’t save Bonhams’ important fine art sale in Sydney on Monday, with a big tally of unsold paintings heading back to disappointed vendors and only a handful of respectable prices.

But the Sotheby’s Australia sale the ­following night – the night of Treasurer Joe Hockey’s “horror” budget – was seemingly a world apart, recording exceptional prices and artist records.

Blouin ArtInfo  |  Nicholas Forrest

Sotheby’s Australia will offer a repatriated Sidney Nolan painting entitled “Ned Kelly: Kelly and Horse” 1955 (estimate $300,000-400,000) as part of their May 13 Important Australian Art auction in Sydney. The painting has been in private hands in London for nearly sixty years.

Australian Financial Review  |  Peter Fish

Sotheby’s Australia appears to have comfortably exceeded its financial targets with its Sydney sale of arts and design last week, helped along by a couple of surprises.

Sotheby’s Australia decision to relaunch its Arts and Design sales in Sydney has paid dividends with the company’s April 15 Fine Asian, Australian, and European Arts and Design sale achieving a total of AU$2.3 million including Buyer’s Premium and figures of 73% by volume and 134% by value.

The Australian  |  Michaela Boland

SOTHEBY’S Australia tonight auctions a rare blanket made from platypus pelts. The 95cm by 125cm rug is one of only a very small number to have survived from the turn of the 20th century, when it was ­permissible to hunt the semiaquatic mammals.

Blouin Artinfo  |  Nicholas Forrest

Sotheby’s Australia has re-launched its Arts and Design sales in Sydney, the first of which will be the auction house’s April 15 Fine Asian, Australian, and European Arts and Design sale. Bringing together a wide range of objects including items of furniture, ceramics, silver, and some wonderful paintings, the sale is an eclectic affair with some notable highlights.

WorldAuction  |  Pierre Tavlitzki

After Cook's voyages, the activity of the British intensifies between Australia and New Zealand. The first governor of New South Wales, appointed in 1788, includes New Zealand in his territory.

Australian Financial Review  |  Peter Fish

Sotheby’s Australia has breathed new life into the furniture and decorative arts markets, re-launching the regular Sydney “dec arts” sales it abandoned almost a decade ago in favour of Melbourne. It is pledging to hold up to three such sales a year, probably alternating between the two capitals.

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