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Post Radford, cultural heritage heads north again

New South Wales has been tracking down its movable cultural heritage after years of being beaten to key pieces by Ron Radford. Two substantial examples of colonial art have recently headed back to Sydney from Melbourne, one of which is the important watercolour 'View from the Verandah at Hobartville, Seat of Mrs. W. Cox' by Frederick Garling. The Mitchell Library has emerged as the buyer of the work which sold for $20,000 plus 22 per cent premium at Leonard Joel's painting sale in Melbourne on June 28.

Successful Sunday for Mossgreen' s Art Emporium sale with 70% of lots finding a new home

By Peter James Smith on 27 July 2015 // Exclusive to the AASD

Mossgreen’s Sunday Art Emporium was the perfect place for alert collectors to seek out gems. True collectors have a nose for works that will add a touch of pizzaz to their collection—many will chase the trophy acquisition that they believe others will admire—but some seek out artists on their wishlists that add breadth to their collections with a touch of classicism, beauty, irony and intrigue—and all the better, if the price is right. 

The room at Mossgreen’s Sunday Art Emporium was full of collectors in this latter category with wishlists in hand. They were drawn in by modest low estimates, but many prices soared as soon as two or more chased the same piece, often leading to record prices for artists.

‘Simpson and His Donkey’ break their own record at the International Art Centre

By Briar Williams on 23 July 2015 // Exclusive to the AASD

On a cold winter’s night in Auckland, it was all go at the International Art Centre’s 'Important, Early and Rare' sale on 22 July 2015, with a packed room, television cameras, a drunk patron causing a commotion and most importantly, stellar results and new auction records.

The International Art Centre always produces a varied sale and this one was no exception, featuring some very interesting and high quality paintings.

Firm results from Sotheby's mixed Sydney sale.

By Richard Brewster on 22 July 2015 // Exclusive to the AASD

Sotheby’s Sydney June 21 Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design auction reached an expected $1.5 million sale price (including buyers premiums) with strong prices for contemporary works.

A highlight was the collection of leading Australian law firm Minter Ellison that featured an impressive selection of Australian photography and art including works by Adam Cullen, Max Dupain, Bill Henson, Akio Makigawa, Rosemary Laing, Robert MacPherson, Tracey Moffatt and Patricia Piccinini – and established four new artist auction records.

Sotheby's to sell collection of Sydney law firm

By Richard Brewster on 18 July 2015 // Exclusive to the AASD

Items from leading Australian law firm Minter Ellison will be a major highlight of Sotheby’s Australia’s Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design auction from 6pm Tuesday July 21 at the InterContinental Hotel, 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney.

The firm is selling its collection because it is moving from its old Aurora Place, Sydney offices to new premises, which are largely open plan with fewer walls.

One of the more significant sculptures is Makigawa’s Wisdom of Water 1995 – the genesis of inspiration being bottled drinking water.

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    It's petite and its contemporary

    A Petite Contemporary Art auction – designed by Leonard Joel to highlight quality contemporary art pieces that deserve showcasing – will be held from 2pm Thursday July 30 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.…

Forthcoming Auctions

Golden Age
James Patrick (Pat) Hanly, Golden Age, 89.5 x 90.5 cm, to be offered by Art+Object Auckland 06/08/2015, Lot No. 56, Est: NZD120,000-160,000

Completed Auctions

Snack Bar, 1944
Herbert Edward Badham, Snack Bar, 1944, 41.5 x 50 cm, sold by Deutscher and Hackett Melbourne 06/05/2015, Lot No. 13, Price: A$456,000