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Stunning Results for Australian & New Zealand Art at Sotheby’s Australia17 May 2018
The highest art auction result for 2018 in Australia was achieved at Sotheby’s Australia’s May auction of Important Australian Art including Important Australian Art from The J.G.L. Collection when the sale realised $8,841,584 with 82.31% sold by value. Sotheby’s Australia leads the art auction market for 2018 in Australia with $12.83 million sold. Seven auction records tumbled throughout the evening. Starting early in the sale, William Delafield Cook’s Headland, Hawkesbury River 1985 realised $366,000 exceeding the existing record by $162,000 (estimate $150,000-200,000, lot 8). Two monumental and highly significant paintings by Lin Onus both exceeded the previous auction record for the artist. Commissioned by Melbourne Airport, Fish, Ferns and Rocks (1995) established the new artist auction record of $793,000 (estimate $450,000-650,000, lot 10) and Fish at Dusk (1996) realised $671,000 (estimate $450,000-650,000, lot 11). (437.72 KB)
Results | Important Australian & New Zealand Art | Sydney 16 May 2018 | Top Lots16 May 2018
The Australian | Ashleigh Wilson
In 1959, an energetic young painter decided it was time to make a change. Brett Whiteley hated “art being governed by the logic of businessmen”, so he quit his job at a Sydney advertising company to focus on his own work.
Six major paintings by Brett Whiteley will be auctioned by Sotheby’s Australia as a part of Important Australian & New Zealand Art on May 16, 2018, with a combined estimate of $2.9 million to $3.6 million.
Pivotal Paintings from Brett Whiteley’s Career Emerge for Auction4 May 2018
Masterpieces by celebrated Australian artist Brett Whiteley will be offered for auction by Sotheby’s Australia on Wednesday 16 May in Sydney. Tightly held in distinguished private and corporate collections, many have remained hidden from public view since they were first acquired either directly from the artist or from exhibitions. With a combined estimate of $2.9 million to $3.6 million the works are anticipated to generate strong interest with collectors. (368.05 KB)
Russell Crowe’s Inspirational Speech Encourages Musical Benefaction3 May 2018
Motivated by the impromptu inspirational speech by actor, film producer, director and musician, Russell Crowe at Sotheby’s Australia’s auction Russell Crowe: The Art of Divorce on 7 April 2018, the buyers (who wish to remain anonymous), bid strongly to fulfil his wish that the concert level violin by Leandro Bisiach Snr be lent to a young violinist to be played in concert halls around the world. (150.91 KB)
Important Australian Art from The J.G.L. Collection to be Auctioned by Sotheby’s Australia1 May 2018
A selection of historical and modern paintings, sculptures and works on paper from one of the most significant corporate collections of Australian art will be auctioned by Sotheby’s Australia on 16 May 2018 in Sydney. Comprising 39 lots (estimate $1.5 million to $2.2 million) Important Australian Art from The J.G.L. Collection contains masterpieces by some of Australia’s leading practitioners of the twentieth century. (283.30 KB)
Global Interest for Important Art from The John Schaeffer AO Collection30 April 2018
The most significant collection of historical international art ever offered for sale in Australia was auctioned by Sotheby’s Australia on 29 April 2018 in Sydney. Assembled over several decades, Important Art from The John Schaeffer AO Collection reflected the impeccable taste and connoisseurship of its creator, John Schaeffer. The sale was a ground breaking event for the Australian auction market, with the collection composed of 50 works by international artists, of which 56% sold by volume and 63% by value, and 68% sold to Australian buyers. Overall the sale realised AUD$2,017,270. (256.21 KB)