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Green proves the new yellow as a man in red leads the charge (The Elliott Collection Day 3)

By Terry Ingram on 1 September 2015 // Exclusive to the AASD

There is no recession in China, if the results of the buying for the last major section of the auction by Mossgreen of the collection of the late Dr Peter Elliott is anything to go by, writes Terry Ingram. On the Internet, phones and in the room, overseas Chinese and members of the local Chinese community repeatedly paid over the odds for the work of members of the art and craft of their forebears.

Ancestor gods prove a blessing on Elliott Day Two

By Terry Ingram on 31 August 2015 // Exclusive to the AASD

Carved wooden statues from the Philippines were the star performers in the third session of the dispersal of the collection of the late Dr Peter Elliott in Sydney this week. The statues contributed nearly $200,000 to a further blow out in the total sold on the day of $982,490, bringing the total so far to $5.34 million IBP.

Cross fertilisation turns Mossgreen into happy valley

By Terry Ingram on 31 August 2015 // Exclusive to the AASD

The first session of Mossgreen's sale of the (medical doctor) Peter Elliott's Collection in Sydney on August 31 was 100 per cent sold and grossed $4.36 million including the buyers premium which was comfortably in excess of the estimates and the clearance was100 per cent. This was made possible through strong buying from two enthusiasts more closely identified with the second session on September 1 and 2, The second session is Aboriginal and tribal art.

Jailbirds fly whilst Badham breaks out at Deutscher + Hackett

By David Hulme & Brigitte Banziger on 27 August 2015 // Exclusive to the AASD

A large number of artworks performed well at the Deutscher + Hackett sale of Australian and International works of art held at the Cell Block Theatre at the National Art School which formed part of the Old Darlinghurst Gaol. Theatre there was aplenty. A full room, busy phones and active floor bidding meant that 75% of the lots offered were sold on the night, or 68% sold by value, achieving a total of $3.71 million dollars including buyer’s premium.

Gym display helps produce well balanced result for Sotheby's

By Terry Ingram on 26 August 2015 // Exclusive to the AASD

Extraordinary scenes greeted art lovers at the auction, Important Australian Art, held by Sotheby's Australia at the Intercontinental Hotel Sydney on August 25. Bidders raised their paddles on several occasions as if they were athletes using exercise machines at a gym or playing high ball pin pong.

The pumping resolve caused old-timers to smile as one of the lots concerned was Flamingos (lot 11) by Sidney Long. The lot doubled its top estimate to make $110,000 which with buyers premium rose to $134,300. The saleroom has not seen the like of this since the The West Wind was sold at Sotheby's in August 2003 for $192,750.

That was before the market and design's moves into minimalism supposedly fully decluttered itself from traditionalism.

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Forthcoming Auctions

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John Peter Russell, Coucher De Soleil Sur Morestil, 80.6 x 100.3 cm, to be offered by Christies London 24/09/2015, Lot No. 9, Est: GBP350,000-450,000

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Approaching Storm by Railway, 1955
Frank Jeffrey Edson Smart, Approaching Storm by Railway, 1955, 60.2 x 73 cm, sold by Shapiro Auctioneers Sydney 30/04/2015, Lot No. 30, Price: A$240,000
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