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Family collection spanning 100 years brings two important paintings to the market

A rare painting by E Phillips Fox, 'The Avenue', not seen on the market for over 100 years, originally catalogued in the sale of the artist’s estate on 29th February 1916, will be offered in South Yarra by E J Ainger on August 7. Since its 1916 sale (for 15 guineas) it is believed the painting has remained in one or other of the houses of the well-heeled and well-connected McPherson family - headed up by the eminent and respected pastoralist and leader of primary industry, Sir Clive McPherson.

Wellington couple's huge, historically important art collection to go on sale

22 July 2016

An art collection put together by a Wellington-based couple over decades, and described as one of the last of its kind in the country, is to go under the hammer.

The collection, started in earnest by  Tim and Sherrah Francis in the 1960s, but spanning back to the 1940s, contains works by Rita Angus and Colin McCahon, among other pre-eminent New Zealand artists. About 215 of those paintings will be up for sale in September.

Some near misses for Australia in railway fire and an estate dispersal

By Terry Ingram on 17 July 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

The great Old Master collection which Melbourne born former model Bambi Tuckewell found herself living among on her marriage to the Seventh Earl of Harewood in 1951 has given up one of its greatest treasures to the international art market.

The preparatory drawing for the Renaissance painter Veronese's The Apotheosis of Venice commissioned for the Doges Palace in Venice after two disastrous fires had broken out and wiped out the existing works there has been sold privately for £15.4 million by an unnamed auction house or dealer to an anonymous buyer and appears headed in that direction failing the intervention of any UK institution to come up with matching funds to acquire it after an export embargo was slapped on the work.

Australian art and rare objects to be offered by Sotheby's in Sydney.

By Richard Brewster on 14 July 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

Fifteen Fred Williams etchings dating from 1954-1967 from the Raymond and Diana Kidd collection will be a strong highlight of Sotheby’s Australia’s forthcoming diverse international arts and design auction from 6pm July 19 at The Hughenden, 14 Queen Street, Woollahra in Sydney.

Acquired during the 1970s and 1980s, the etchings show the great craftsmanship and skill of one of Australia’s greatest landscape artists.

The collection includes works by Australian modern masters Charles Blackman, Robert Dickerson, Jon Molvig, Sidney Nolan, William Robinson and Tony Tuckson.

Early Australian Colonial back in focus at an auction marking the end of an era

By Charlotte Stanes on 22 June 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

In a marathon event, held over 3 days at Mossgreen in Melbourne this week, held in association with Australian Book Auctions, Denis Joachim's extensive collection of Australian colonial books, fine art and prints has finally gone under the hammer.

It feels like the end of an era. Collectors of Joachim's calibre are now so few and far between and many see this as the last private collection of its kind to be released onto the market.

With the enormous interest this auction inevitably drew, the results were somewhat mixed. Interest was clearly focused at the top end, however, and there were plenty of impressive results reached throughout the 1040 lot sale. Quality, rarity and a focus on early Colonial history were the key trends.

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Forthcoming Auctions

River Boats
Frances Mary Hodgkins, River Boats, 59.1 x 71.9 cm, to be offered by Mossgreen-Webb's (formerly Webb's) Auckland 11/08/2016, Lot No. 19, Est: $230,000-330,000

Completed Auctions

Ceremony, 1897
William (King Billy) Barak, Ceremony, 1897, 41.5 x 54 cm, sold by Bonhams Sydney 07/06/2016, Lot No. 58, Price: A$512,400