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Old law comes back to bite as major international collection goes under the hammer - Aboriginal Art from the Luczo Family Collection, USA

A large and what first appeared to be enthusiastic crowd gathered at Deutscher and Hackett’s Melbourne saleroom on 19th October, for the dispersal of Australian Indigenous art from the Luczo Family Collection, USA. The unofficial total was just shy of $1.2 million hammer ($1.5 million IBP) or 79% by value and 81% by volume. Top price was paid for Ruby Plains Massacre 1, 1985 by Rover Thomas, purchased in 2007 for $300,000 hammer, holding its value by selling again for $300,000 hammer ($366,000 IBP).

Aussie Art Collector Trumps New Yorkers as Record Price Paid for Martin Lewis Etching

By David Hulme & Brigitte Banziger on 18 October 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

At Swann Galleries, an Australian art collector swooped in to purchase five prints by one of the US most revered printmakers, Australian Martin Lewis, born in Castlemaine in 1881. Not well known in his native Australia, Lewis is famed also for having taught American great Edward Hopper to etch. Today, Martin Lewis’ scenes of the 1920s and 30s New York are iconic and highly sought after.

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

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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

The Shower, 1984
Brett Whiteley, The Shower, 1984, 60 x 50 cm, sold by Menzies Melbourne 23/03/2016, Lot No. 26, Price: Unsold