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News and Opinion

Eugene von Guerard’s "View of Hobart Town, with Mount Wellington in the Background" was the star of the Menzies evening sale on 23 September, selling for $1.2 million hammer price, the third highest price ever for a von Guerard painting at auction. The night saw 81% by volume and 87% by value sold, with an overall result just over $10 million including buyer’s premium.
Art dealer found guilty of stamp theft

A Supreme Court judge has found an art dealer stole rare and valuable stamps from the $3.5 million collection owned by the well-known art and antiques collector Julian Sterling. Justice Peter Vickery rejected claims by Brian Kino that he had been gifted the 44 stamps, worth an estimated $270,000, by Mr Sterling between 2008 and 2010.

Mrs McCubbin on the block as Adler says it’s time to move on

Rodney Adler endured a wild ride last decade, culminating in a jail term after the collapse of HIH Insurance, but one family asset to survive the period was a Fred McCubbin artwork depicting the artist’s wife in a yellow dress.

One of only a few blue-chip McCubbin oils still in private hands, Mrs McCubbin Picking Blossom, also known as Spring, is among a number of portraits the artist painted of his wife when he was newly married and his career was ­accelerating.

It will be the star lot of Mossgreen’s Fine Australian and International Art sale to be held on ­October 28, with expectations of more than $1.2 million when it is publicly auctioned for the first time, writes Michaella Boland in The Australian.

Auction Records Tumble at Fletcher Trust Sale at the International Art Centre
By Briar Williams on 11-Sep-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

Since its inception in 1962, the Fletcher Collection has been renowned for collecting the highest quality examples of both colonial and contemporary New Zealand artwork. Therefore there was always going to be strong interest when such a collection decides to part with a significant number of works, 77 in total. This collection is New Zealand’s best known corporate collection and the fact that it is still together when a lot of other collections were disbursed in the 1990s is remarkable.

Perth will be home to legendary $15m book

One of the international art world's most intriguing mysteries ended last night when Kerry Stokes outed himself as the mystery buyer of one of the most expensive books ever sold.

The fate of the legendary Rothschild Prayerbook - sold at Christie's in New York eight months ago for $15.5 million - had baffled art collectors.