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Irving Penn, Musical Instruments, Italy, 1948, ?? cm, to be offered by Leonard Joel Melbourne 15/12/2013, Lot No. 236A, Est: $8,000-10,000
Arthur Merric Bloomfield Boyd, The Mourners 1945, 84 x 100.5 cm, sold by Bonhams Sydney 26/06/2013, Lot No. 24, Price: A$1,037,000
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News and Opinion
Sale of 'best-kept secret' art collection of Trevor Kennedy to overseas buyer under threat
Sydney Morning Herald journalist Julie Power writes that the businessman Trevor Kennedy's plan to sell his $20 million art collection, which includes the earliest known portrait of a European in Australia after the First Fleet arrived, to a buyer in Singapore has been threatened. Mr Kennedy has been fighting the federal government for the right to export the collection in its entirety. Because it contains valuable historical items, Mr Kennedy's agent John Hawkins was refused permission to apply for a single export licence.
Local buyers dip their lids* for icons, OBEs and straw hats
By Terry Ingram on 01-Dec-2013 (Exclusive to the AASD)
It took just over 9000 paintings to gross $102 million at Australian and New Zealand art auctions last year. This was less than the price of a single major painting on the international auction market. Far less, indeed given one such, a portrait of Francis Bacon sold for a world auction of $US142.4 million at Christie's in New York in October.
Con artist Ronald Coles apology not the real deal
For more than a decade, art dealer Ronald Coles defrauded his hapless clients, lying to them repeatedly about the paintings they had invested in and evading their desperate demands for what they were owed. But when the 66-year-old fraudster finally walked to the witness box on Friday, it appeared a mea culpa was not foremost in his mind, writes Paul Bibby in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Sydney barrister Louise McBride in court clash with Christie's over allegedly fake Albert Tucker artwork
Anne Davies writes in the Sydney Morning Herald that barrister Louise McBride is taking on one of the world's most prestigious auction houses, Christie's, over an allegedly fake Albert Tucker work she bought in 2000.
A piece of real Stirling makes serious money
By Terry Ingram on 29-Nov-2013 (Exclusive to the AASD)
When the previous piece of West Australia's non-indigenous material heritage, a silver salver, turned up in a British regional saleroom, it was withdrawn as it was technically a fake. The latest piece to be offered came up on November 27 in a Nottingham saleroom without any such inhibitions and sold for more than 16 times its top estimate.