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When gynaecologist and obstetrician Peter Elliott died last year he left a collection of art and antiques that is set to be the biggest single-owner art sale of the year.
Elliott’s trove of remarkable tribal carvings, Chinese ceramics and paintings by William Robinson, Fred Williams, John Brack and Brett Whiteley will be auctioned in Sydney over three days from August 30, with expectations that it will raise more than $6 million, writes Michaela Boland in The Australian.
New meaning has been given by the London art trade to the word "appreciation" when it comes to Australian art.
A painting which sold for €269,960 at an auction in France in March is on view at a dealer's stand at the Masterpiece fair in London has a price tag of £750,000 writes Terry Ingram in London.
International art-works – particularly examples by Fernand Léger, Lynn Chadwick and Andy Warhol – took centre stage at the Menzies auction in Melbourne on Thursday night. The emphasis, which was deliberate, also seemed rather fitting.
After all, it’s been a remarkable few months in the international auction market, climaxing with the new record set in May, for Picasso’s The Women of Algiers (1955), knocked down in New York for US $160 million.
Australia appears to have lost a little of its clout at the four art fairs of substance in Basel revolving around Art Basel 46.
It is not just that Australian galleries have decided to concentrate on other versions of the same event nearer to home and administered by the same organizations in Hong Kong in particular, writes Terry Ingram in Basel
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