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News and Opinion

Chinese buyers bid strongly at the Sotheby's Australia auction of Fine Asian, Australian and European Arts and Design in Sydney on April 15, with the highest price in the Chinese section of the sale for a rare “famille rose” figure of the god Amitays. Estimated at $10,000 to $15,000 it found its way ultimately to $185,000 hammer with two Sotheby's staffers taking bids over the phone.
Dorrit Black’s prices erupt
By David Hulme & Brigitte Banziger on 16-Apr-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

A spectacular eruption in the prices for works by Dorrit Black was witnessed at Bonhams The Grosvenor School and Avant-garde British Printmaking sale in London on 15th April.

Dorrit Black in fact did witness the eruption of Mount Etna in Sicily in 1928 and created this linocut print of her experience (lot 107). 

Rare Raymond McIntyre portrait bowls over the bidders at International Art Centre
By Briar Williams on 11-Apr-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

In the Auckland auction scene, the International Art Centre is a different kind of place.  The focus is mainly on historical and traditional artworks.  The auctioneer treats the audience like friends with chatty banter and the audience gives a round of applause and a cheer when a good price has been achieved.   

Australian sale to show London newcomers how to buy
By Terry Ingram on 09-Apr-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

At the invitation of Christie's, a Sydney collection is being bulked up by the Mayfair decorative arts trade to create an innovative type of auction at South Kensington on June 4. The Art of Design sale is being led by two portraits from Australia by the Belle Époque painter Emile Blanche and 18th century British artist George Romney, writes Terry Ingram.

The Romney, Mrs Moody ….Holding a dog in her lap is pictured here in an interior from the former Watsons Bay home of French fashion plate designer Alfredo Bouret Gonzalez and the late Lex Aitken who formed the Sydney collection and also were the vendors of the Bridget Riley works sold in Sydney last August.

Puzzle picture finds happy home in New Zealand but will meritable medal follow?, asks Terry Ingram
By Terry Ingram on 05-Apr-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

The surprise inclusion of Christie's auction of Australian and New Zealand art sale in London last October has been acquired by the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington.

But visitors to that august public institution, part of the National Library of New Zealand, may have some difficulty in finding it if they look under the artist named in Christie's catalogue.

The inclusion, a watercolour titled A Settler and her Daughter with Maoris at Wanganui, with Mount Ruapehu Behind, was catalogued as the work of John Alexander Gilfillan (1793-1864).