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Vale Tom Mathieson

By our own correspondent on 28 May 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

Well known Sydney gallery owner Tom Mathieson has passed away at his Sydney home, aged 79 years.

After false start marathon sale takes a sporting chance

By Terry Ingram on 20 May 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

Like the opossum in Heaviside Clark's book Field Sports of the Native Inhabitants of NSW of 1813, the last of the major old style Australian antiquarian collections of the 1980s has been finally smoked out. The auction of the collection of Denis Joachim, which includes what may well be the original watercolours for the book, has been bagged by Mossgreen Auctions in conjunction with Australian Book Auctions and will be held over three days in June in its Melbourne premises, and viewed at the Anne Schofield building in Queen Street, Sydney.

Celebrated sleeper slips into Sydney

By Terry Ingram on 17 May 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

The most profitable "Australian" sleeper – a work which goes undervalued at auction because no one knows its real value - has slipped into town quietly and gone on view in Sydney.

But because it is surrounded by replicas it is easily seen by visitors as just another facsimile.

The sleeper is one of the handful of contemporary portraits of Captain James Cook and is the one in which he is depicted as looking the most resolute of the all. By William Hodges, the portrait appears almost as an aside in the exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

The exhibition, Ships, Clocks and Stars, The Quest for Longitude is at the Australian National Maritime Museum until October 26.

Personal Collection of Suzanne Cecil to be sold by Mossgreen

By Richard Brewster on 13 May 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

Auction goers will have the opportunity to see the late Suzanne Cecil’s personal collection at her magnificent Toorak home for more than two days before Mossgreen transfers all the items to its rooms at 926-930 High Street, Armadale for auction from 2.30pm Sunday May 15.

Descended from Henry Buck – one of Melbourne’s most distinguished and recognised family names – Sue was actively involved in the family retail business, but had a lifelong passion for painting and the arts.

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Forthcoming Auctions

View of Hobart Town, with Mount Wellington in the Background, 1856
Johann Joseph Eugen Von Guerard, View of Hobart Town, with Mount Wellington in the Background, 1856, 61 x 91.5 cm, to be offered by Menzies Sydney 23/06/2016, Lot No. 38, Est: $1250,000-1750,000

Completed Auctions

Ena Te Papatahi
Charles Frederick Goldie, Ena Te Papatahi, 25.4 x 20.6 cm, oval, sold by Dunbar Sloane Wellington 14/04/2016, Lot No. 24, Price: NZ$353,800 (A$316,368)