Australian & International Art
Consistently achieving market-leading results, Smith & Singer (formerly operating as Sotheby's Australia) is the premier auctioneer of Australian art.
In 2019, for the fourth consecutive year, Smith & Singer realised the highest art annual total in Australia and the second highest auction and annual totals for fine art in the company’s auspicious history, with an annual total surpassing $39,000,000 – 40% of the Australian art auction market and almost double our two closest competitors – and our November sale achieving $13,917,150. The November auction marked a further milestone as the thirteenth consecutive sale to exceed $8 million and the second to exceed $12 million, a record hitherto unseen in the history of the Australian art market.
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, now Smith & Singer, has offered the finest Australian paintings, sculptures and works on paper from colonial through to contemporary. In May 2007, John Bracks’ masterpiece, The Old Time 1969, for $3.36 million, set the world record for any Australian work of art ever sold at auction at the time. In 2016, a record setting $2,074,000 was realised for Arthur Streeton's Sydney Harbour 1907, the highest Australian art auction result for that year. In 2019, records were realised across categories for great Australian artists, including Ethel Carrick and William Dobell amongst others.
Smith & Singer specialists are internationally recognised, whose tenure and experience are unmatched by those at any other firm and includes former museum curators and dealers. Our specialists work in tandem with our former Sotheby's Australia 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 Howard Arkley, 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
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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