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Brett Whiteley, Arkie Under the Shower, 1986-87, 173 x 112 cm, to be offered by Menzies Melbourne 20/03/2014, Lot No. 42, Est: $1100,000-1,400,000
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News and Opinion
Mossgreen takes the trail to Adelaide
By Terry Ingram on 09-Mar-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)
Mossgreen Auctions is expected to announce shortly and with a big fanfare the auction of the contents of one of Adelaide's most prestigious properties.
Continuing the frenetic growth of its business out of swank new premises in the Armadale High Street, the Melbourne-based company looks like having its first sale in South Australia from one of Adelaide's most respected families.
In Adelaide “O” can also stand for Utrillo
By Terry Ingram on 03-Mar-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)
Adelaide may have to wait for its masterpiece by Camille Pissarro (1830-1903). The big season for announcements - the launch of the Adelaide Biennial - has come around with no news of a painting by one of France's leading Impressionists being acquired as was the buzz.
Australian Art Sales Digest understands that the announcement of a big spend on international art is still a few months away.
Instead the latest issue of the Art Gallery of South Australia's bulletin, Articulate, discloses that the gallery has acquired a work by another “big O”. That is Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955) master of the Parisian streetscape.
Lost bird art turns up as sellers brood
By Terry Ingram on 26-Feb-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)
The dilemma of how to value and dispose of collections has been underlined yet again with the consignment to auction of the Franklin Brooke-Hitching collection of English explorations after an intensive bid to sell the books as a library failed.
Like so many other collectors who have thrown themselves into putting their collections together, finding the ideal strategy for its disposal has not always been readily apparent.
What value attaches to the work they have put into assembling such a collection? How can they realise on this?
Alternately how much should they be discounted if selling it to one buyer given its convenience, especially if like a public library it can kept together as a memorial to the collector instead of being merged with existing holdings?
Another Sterling event but traditional stamp missing
By Terry Ingram on 23-Feb-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)
Mr Julian Sterling's last collection faces an uphill battle after a decade of saturation at the top end of the market in Commonwealth stamps. The deceased Melbourne art and antique dealer ran out of time to complete it.
But a new generation of mostly men in their 50s are turning to philately and rare stamps are becoming a hot collectable. This is despite the decline in traditional mail in favour of the Internet and the over- supply of new issues.
This year a legendary magenta South American stamp is expected to make millions of dollars and the world's finest collection of Tasmanian stamps also listed to go under the hammer in Switzerland.
Art dealer Ronald Coles denies intending to defraud clients
A Sydney art dealer who defrauded his clients of millions of dollars continued to live a lavish lifestyle that included luxury cars, French champagne and racehorses even as his Ponzi-style scheme collapsed around him, a Sydney court has heard. But Ronald Morris Coles still denies he was engaged in a deliberate scam, telling the court that if he had wanted to rip people off: "I could be having pina coladas right now." Coles, 66, is being sentenced in the Parramatta District Court after pleading guilty last August to 15 counts of fraud and deception as a director, and to larceny as a bailee - crimes worth nearly $6 million.