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Three works by Charles Frederick Goldie were the much lauded highlight of the final Important, Early and Rare sale for 2014 at the International Art Centre on 29 October, 2014. And it was certainly encouraging for the auctioneer when a call for an opening bid of $300,000 for the most expensive portrait was met with two hands in the air. Three bidders fought strongly for this work, Wharekauri Tahuna - A Chieftain of the Awara Tribe, and it finally realised $355,000 hammer.
The Bourbon 'Duke of Windsor' turns up in Melbourne
By Terry Ingram on 30-Oct-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

A large portrait of the Bourbon "Duke of Windsor" has been acquired for $US353,000 by the National Gallery of Victoria at an auction titled The Courts of Europe held by Sotheby's in New York.

Some details of the acquisition, which was made in January 2014 and is already hanging in the European Courts of the gallery in St Kilda Road are contained in the gallery's annual report for the year ended June 30 2014.

The portrait, a 153 by 109 cm oil on canvas is a three quarter length portrait of Don Luis Jaime Antonio de Borbon Y Farnesio, Infante of Spain (1727-1779.)

McCubbin’s Spring Boosts Mossgreen’s Spring Auction
By Petrit Abazi on 29-Oct-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

Last night Mossgreen held one of its most ambitious mixed-vendor art auctions in its ten year history. Twelve months since settling into its new headquarters in High Street Armadale, the auction house has grown in size and scope. The Fine Australian & International Art sale on 28 October 2014, with a pre-sale low estimate total of $3.5 million, was the highest value mixed-vendor art offering by the auction house to date. Although some exceptional results were achieved, the pass-in rate attested to the fact that the Australian art market is yet to fully recover to the pre-GFC economy.

Goldies expected to fetch $1m

Three portraits by New Zealand artist Charles Frederick Goldie are expected to fetch about $1 million at an art auction in Auckland tonight. One of the paintings, Thoughts of a Tohunga, Wharekauri Tahuna, is estimated to bring between $350,000 and $500,000 at the auction of important, early and rare art at the International Art Centre in Parnell, Auckland.

Recovered Rupert Bunny portrait put up for sale

A portrait by Rupert Bunny that fell into the hands of a Melbourne brothel owner after being stolen from a home on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is to be auctioned by Sotheby’s next month. The 101-year-old oil painting Au Soliel (Girl in Sunlight) depicts a woman reading in a garden writes Michaela Boland in The Australian.