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The cover lot of the Important Fine Art and Aboriginal Art sale held in Sydney by Deutscher and Hackett on 30 November 2016, was a delicate golden view of Lavender Bay by Brett Whiteley titled Dawn, 1974 (Lot 39). It snared the sale’s top lot position with the hammer falling at $450,000, improving marginally on its last market outing in 2011. The sale’s most exciting result, however, was for another more modest work that focused on the effects of light: a fresh-to-the-market impressionistic depiction of a French village riverside scene in summer, which sparkled with a myriad of hues from sunshine on moving water and dappled shade.
Now that the new team of fine art specialists are firmly bedded in at the Parnell rooms of Mossgreen-Webb's, to close the year, their final sale was held over two nights on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th November.
I will never forget buying my first ever painting by Charles F, Goldie in 1979 from an auction house in the Hawke's Bay. It was a late period 1940 oil on canvas of Rahapa of Ohinemutu for the all-out sum of $10,000.
It was all the money we could, as an arts community in the then wild west town of Rotorua, come up with to buy a ''real'' Goldie painting for the new Rotorua Art Gallery that was struggling to come to grips with the notion of a ''permanent collection''
Conviction that it played a part in the visualisation of modern Australia is believed to underlie the extraordinary price for a 19th century photo album at Lawson's in Sydney on November 24.
The album sold for $15,000 excluding premium against estimates of $1000 to $1500 to one telephone bidder against another, after rising quickly from around the estimated price. The buyer's premium and GST adds an extra 25 per cent to this hammer price.
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