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International Art Centre's new move down the road pays off

By John Perry in Auckland on 14 October 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

The new large gallery and auction rooms appear to have given Parnell's long established International Art Centre a good reason to expand their activities and business model. The second sale to be held in the new premises, Modern & Contemporary Art, featured 161 lots in a catalogue that heralds fresh fields for the team at the International Art Centre and appeared to run very smoothly.

Their brief has expanded somewhat from ''The only auctioneers of pictures exclusively'' to now include photography, prints, sculpture and even the occasional natural curiosity.

Harpoon hits home in Hobart

By Terry Ingram on 12 October 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

While outside, the weather was extremely blustery - even for Hobart on a winter’s day - Mossgreen’s auctioneers enjoyed relatively smooth sailing inside the Henry Jones IXL Art Hotel when the David and Leslie Frost collection was offered for sale there on October 9.

Only 50 of the 374 lots in the auction went unsold and the sale grossed a comfortably-over-estimate $491,000 including buyers premium.

New Collectors Art @ Art +Object; what's in a name?

By John Perry in Auckland on 7 October 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

Back in the old days the Wellington based auction house, Dunbar Sloane used to term ''it'' Affordable Art while Webb's often referred to ''it'' as A2 Art, then along comes Art + Object and calls ''it'' New Collectors Art.

The ''it'' I am referring to, is all of the above. It is the art that is more affordable; it is the second tier, the second rung on the art ladder of fame. It is the more accessible art for those commencing collections and seasoned collectors wanting to add strength and diversity to already established collections. These sales are popular with the punters as they are less of a ''spectator sport'' than the ''big ticket item'' sales where many of those present like to be seen and heard

Back to Country: Major Collection of Australian Indigenous Art Returns from the US

By Charlotte Stanes on 6 October 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

One of the most valuable international collections of Australian Indigenous art to be repatriated and auctioned in Australia has opened for viewing in Sydney this week.

The Luczo Family Collection was put together over the last decade by Stephen & Agatha Luczo, based in California, USA, and includes some of the finest examples of contemporary Aboriginal art from the desert regions of Australia alongside important carvings from Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands.

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Forthcoming Auctions

Untitled 20040902, 2004
Timothy (Tim) Maguire, Untitled 20040902, 2004, 202 x 197.5 cm, to be offered by Mossgreen Auctions Sydney 30/10/2016, Lot No. 230, Est: $65,000-75,000

Completed Auctions

Untitled, Male and Female Figures of Purukapali And Bima
Benedict Munkara, Untitled, Male and Female Figures of Purukapali And Bima, 36 cm and 44 cm high, sold by Sotheby's London 21/09/2016, Lot No. 29, Price: £251,000 (A$430,565)