Australian & International Art
Consistently achieving high results, Sotheby's Australia is the premier auctioneer of Australian art. In 2018, for the third consecutive year, Sotheby's Australia realised the highest art auction result in Australia, with $33.78 million sold in 2018. This year, Sotheby's Australia has realised a market-leading total of $20.64 million to date.
In 1973, Sotheby's Australia commenced auctions in Australian & International Art with the single-owner sale of Paintings and Drawings from the Studio of Sir William Dobell. Since this landmark auction, Sotheby's Australia has offered the finest Australian paintings, sculptures and works on paper from colonial through to contemporary. In May 2007, Sotheby’s Australia sold John Bracks’ masterpiece, The Old Time 1969, for $3.36 million, at the time setting the world record for any Australian work of art ever sold at auction. In 2016 Sotheby's Australia realised $2,074,000 for Arthur Streeton's Sydney Harbour 1907, the highest Australian art auction result for that year. In 2018 Sotheby's Australia continued its market leadership selling four of the top ten Australian paintings at auction and establishing 15 new artist auction records.
Sotheby’s Australia specialists are internationally recognised, whose tenure and experience is unmatched by those at any other firm and includes former museum curators and dealers. Our specialists work in tandem with their colleagues around the world to source the most compelling works for our high-profile auctions and deliver exceptional returns to consignors. Their efforts and passion have attracted buyers from Australia and abroad to our recent sales, resulting in record prices and historic sales.
Sales of Australian & International Art typically include masterworks by artists such as Arthur Boyd, Charles Blackman, John Brack, David Larwill, Sidney Nolan, Margaret Olley, John Olsen, Jeffrey Smart, Arthur Streeton, Brett Whiteley and Fred Williams. Important Australian & International Art sales are usually held in May, August and November in either Sydney or Melbourne.
The team of specialists based in Melbourne and Sydney share an extensive expertise and a broad access to collectors and buyers worldwide. We can help you sell Australian art, as well as international pieces, with our in-depth knowledge of artists, their works, and the local and international art market.
Recent Results from Australian Art Auctions
Important Australian Art 27 August 2019
Important Australian & International Art 9 April 2019
Important Australian & International Art from The John Symond AM Collection | Important Australian Art 20 November 2018
Important Australian Art 28 August 2018
Important Australian & New Zealand Art | Important Australian Art from The J.G.L. Collection 16 May 2018
Important Art from The John Schaeffer AO Collection 29 April 2018
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ARTHUR BOYD 1920-1999
Sale Date: 28 August 2018
Sale Price: $1,952,000
FRED WILLIAMS 1927-1982
Sale Date: 28 August 2018
Sale Price: $1,098,000
BRETT WHITELEY 1939-1992
Sale Date: 20 November 2018
Sale Price: $829,600
LIN ONUS 1948-1996
Fish, Ferns and Rocks (1995)
Sale Date: 16 May 2018
Sale Price: $793,000