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

Mossgreen sold the 1040 lot 'Denis Joachim Collection of Important Australian Colonial Books, Fine Art, Photographs & Prints' in Melbourne over three days from 19 – 21 June. The entire collection brought in $3,245,488 including buyer's premium, just shy of the $3.6 million estimate, with demand for early Colonial literature and photographs. An album of 60 photographs by Fred Kruger including several featuring Victorian Aborigines with war implements and a canoe, (above) sold for $11,780 IBP.

View of Hobart Town in Sydney

By Richard Brewster on 21 June 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

Eugene von Guerard’s View of Hobart Town, with Mount Wellington in the Background is the centrepiece of a strong presentation of early and colonial works at Menzies forthcoming Sydney auction of Australian & International Fine Art & Sculpture from 6.30pm Thursday June 23.

Menzies head of Australian art Tim Abdallah believes the work, painted in 1856, is clearly a museum quality magnum opus, which the auction house expects to sell for more than $1.25 million. 

Magical book find makes only realistic price at London auction

By Terry Ingram on 20 June 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

A newly discovered manuscript accompanied by 27 watercolours and drawings for a book by Ida Rentoul Outhwaite was offered at auction in London on June 15. But just little of the auction magic associated with artist in the past was missing when it went under the hammer.

In the parlance of books of this nature, it might have done much better "once upon a time". The lot sold for £27,500 (including buyer's premium) which was at the upper end of the estimates.

Mossgreen opens new Sydney rooms with auction of Dupain photographs

By Richard Brewster on 17 June 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

The auction of estate photographs by renowned Australian photographer Max Dupain (1911-1992) from noon Sunday June 19 will earmark the official opening of Mossgreen’s new Sydney premises at Woollahra.

Housed in the Bond, the iconic 1880s heritage building and former Masonic Hall at 36-40 Queen Street in the heart of Sydney’s art district, Mossgreen is situated on all three levels and will focus on the auction of single owner collections and gallery exhibitions – the first of which is a commercial display of works by New Zealand 2017 Venice Biennale representative Lisa Reihana.

A very private art collection destined to break New Zealand auction records

By John Perry in Auckland on 15 June 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

An important collection of around two hundred 20th and 21st century New Zealand artworks and numerous ceramic items are to go under the hammer in Auckland over two days in early September

The very private collection of Tim and Sherrah Francis lovingly assembled over the last six decades is set to break a number of art auction records when it goes up for auction on the 7th and 8th of September through the rooms of Art and Object.

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Forthcoming Auctions

Three Graces (1948)
Frederick (Fred) Ronald Williams, Three Graces (1948), 76.3 x 63.5 cm, to be offered by Sotheby's Sydney 19/07/2016, Lot No. 80, Est: $30,000-40,000

Completed Auctions

A Noble Relic of a Noble Race, Wharekauri Tahuna Aged 102, Chieftain Of the Arawa Tribe
Charles Frederick Goldie, A Noble Relic of a Noble Race, Wharekauri Tahuna Aged 102, Chieftain Of the Arawa Tribe, 48.7 x 43.6 cm, sold by International Art Centre Auckland 06/04/2016, Lot No. 45, Price: NZ$1,339,500 (A$1,205,148)