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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.
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.
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.
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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