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Exceptional Jewels Shine at Inaugural Virtual Auction at Smith & Singer28 May 2020
Exceptional quality gems realised strong prices across the board at last night’s inaugural Virtual Auction at Smith & Singer. The range of jewels on offer – which spanned renowned jewellers and designers from around the world – drew significant demand from bidders over the telephone, online and via absentee. (359.09 KB)
Nine News | Mike Dalton
Financial Review | Gabriella Coslovich
When is an art auction not an art auction? It’s worth asking at a time when auction houses are experimenting with new sales models that blur the line between private and public, and that increasingly encroach on the turf of art dealers. Traditionally, auctions have been public events – the auctioneer’s hammer falls and the winning bid is known. But the pandemic has been a catalyst for change, and some auctions are now more akin to secret sales.
A Mid-60s Submariner with a Sea Story... at the First Virtual Smith & Singer Auction26 May 2020
Time + Tide | Nick Kenyon
Smith & Singer (formerly Sotheby’s Australia) are hosting their first watch and jewellery auction of the year this week, featuring a smattering of interesting watches, with a few standout pieces. While the current circumstances mean a crowded room focused on a rostrum is impossible, the auction will be held virtually, with bidding allowed via telephone and online to enable the sale to go forward. While watches only make up a portion of the Jewels Department of Smith & Singer, there are always some interesting lots on offer, including a Heuer Autavia “Jo Siffert” and an Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI 1969 ref. 145022 69 in the last 12 months. This sale is no exception, with a few lots in particular that aren’t things you might see every day, and is due to take place on May 27 at 6.30pm.
Pensive, Pre-War Masterpiece by Yosl Bergner to be Offered for Auction in June at Smith & Singer20 May 2020
Not seen in public since its last exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1991 – and being offered for public sale for the first time since its creation in 1939 – Self-Portrait (1939) is a powerful and poignant depiction of Yosl Bergner as a young man. (416.49 KB)
Smith & Singer to Offer Remarkable Jewel From one of Australia’s Most Generous Philanthropists12 May 2020
A dazzling highlight of the forthcoming virtual Smith & Singer auction of Important Jewels, Watches & Objects of Virtu will be The Wakil Emerald, an exceptional platinum, gold, emerald and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1974, from the collection of Isaac Wakil AO and the late Susan Wakil AO. (592.09 KB)
Largest Single Work Ever Made by Cressida Campbell Sells for Record Price6 May 2020
Last night, the largest single woodblock composition ever created by Australia’s internationally-acclaimed artist, Cressida Campbell, realised a record price for both Campbell and any living female Australian artist, when it was sold in the first private auction in the Masterpiece series at Smith & Singer. Night Interior (2017) – the finest example of its kind from Campbell’s œuvre – attracted fierce competition from bidders around Australia on the telephone following its exhibition by appointment only in Melbourne and Sydney over the last two weeks. (552.38 KB)