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Cold mountain turns Canadian art hot and puts Australian art in the shade

By Terry Ingram on 11 January 2017 // Exclusive to the AASD
Australian painting is anything but over-priced if a Canadian painting sold in Toronto for a record price on November 23 is what at first it seems. The painting, Mountain Forms, executed in 1926 by Canadian artist Lawren Harris (1885 – 1970) sold for $C11.2 million at a Heffel’s auction in the former Toronto Stock Exchange Building.

Ever Bought Art on a Cruise? Prepare to Be Seasick [Holiday reading from Bloomberg]

20 December 2016

Park West, the biggest art gallery in the world, knows how to sell at sea—where there’s bad Wi-Fi and plenty of Champagne.

Among the passengers gathered for the art auction, the guy sitting in front of me seemed the most likely to have attended just for the free booze. The advertisements left in our staterooms had promised Champagne, and amid the smart polo shirts and sundresses, this middle-aged man stood out ....

Art market skirts flurries in overseas art to sail ahead gently

By Terry Ingram on 11 December 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

The Australian art market showed remarkable resilience in the current year in the face of the loss of two of its biggest spenders. Given the previous year’s total included substantial big ticket sales of non-Australian art it would appear that the story of the Australian art market in the latest year is “steady as she goes” rather like the larger than life yachts in the painting of Sydney Harbour by Arthur Streeton which produced one of the year’s best prices.

Art + Object finish a record breaking year on a high note

By John Perry in Auckland on 6 December 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

With art auctions in both Wellington and Auckland in the last couple of weeks being the ''last cab off the rank'' could prove to be a little problematic, but just as I thought the secondary market was running out of steam after a tsunami of auctions, I had to think again

On 1 December Art + Object offered the almost full market an end of year sale of Important Paintings & Contemporary Art Including Works from the Collection of Celia Dunlop, comprising 100 lots of 20th and 21st century New Zealand Art.

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Forthcoming Auctions

China Town, 1943
Ferdinand Leger, China Town, 1943, 91.5 x 74 cm, to be offered by Menzies Melbourne 09/02/2017, Lot No. 40, Est: $1,400,000-1,800,000

Completed Auctions

Gauguin (Also Known as Portrait of Paul Gauguin on the Eve Of His Attempted Suicide, Tahiti), 1968
Brett Whiteley, Gauguin (Also Known as Portrait of Paul Gauguin on the Eve Of His Attempted Suicide, Tahiti), 1968, 152.5 x 264.5 cm (irreg.), sold by Menzies Melbourne 21/09/2016, Lot No. 37, Price: A$2,024,999
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