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Gum trees, a favourite subject in traditional art, made a surprise and stunning re-appearance at the Melbourne Art Fair which was held in its usual venue, the Royal Exhibition building, from August 12-17. Charcoal studies of majestic specimens of the trees returned the subject to eminence in the sous-bois or thickets of an indigenous artist on the stand of William Mora writes Terry Ingram
Vale Bruce Rutherford - A gentle jeweller who oversaw a momentous art sale
By Terry Ingram on 19-Aug-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

A precious link in the Australian saleroom has been broken with the death on August 17 2014, and after a long illness, of Bruce Rutherford. What was conceivably the most prestigious sale held in Australia at the time – and possibly to this day – was held by Sotheby's in 1973 four years after Rutherford's appointment as the firm's representative for Australia.

Bonhams puts a spring into the autumn season of auctions
By Petrit Abazi on 19-Aug-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

Last night’s Melbourne auction of Important Australian Art by Bonhams certainly ranks amongst one of the smallest in terms of number of lots offered, in recent memory. Yet, the 41 lot selection of Australian paintings generated enough interest from local and interstate old guard dealers and collectors to make it an overall successful sale reminiscent of earlier years, the opulent grand ballroom of the Como house adding to the old world charm of the evening.

Office building refit puts art up for sale

Two out of seven floors of Fletcher House in Penrose have been refitted in open-plan style, partly prompting the sale of 55 works of art in New Zealand's most significant art collection. Art to be auctioned at the International Art Centre on September 10 include works by Gretchen Albrecht, Patricia France, Milan Mrkusich, Pat Hanly, Rhona Haszard, Ralph Hotere, John Kinder, Raymond McIntyre, Richard Killeen, Evelyn Page, Geoff Thornley, Alfred Sharpe, Michael Smither, Ian Scott, Gordon Walters and Sir Toss Woollaston.

Lawson's gives vendor and buyer alike a three quarters of a million dollar lift to Lotus land
By Terry Ingram on 14-Aug-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

If a Lotus land is an idyllic place of contentment as it is sometimes defined, Lawson's must have whisked a Sydney North Shore vendor away there on August 14 when it auctioned a bronze Buddha figure on that consignors behalf, in its rooms in Leichhardt, writes Terry Ingram