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The total turnover of the art auction market in Australia ground ahead by a modest 3.2 per cent or $3 million to $109.25 million in 2015 and the ranking of all the major players were unchanged.
This was despite extra exertion by action staff as 567 more lots than in 2014 were catalogued and sold by the major auction houses, publicised in a flood of thicker and often larger catalogues to impress clients.
Sydney will get light rail and the NBN will be rolled out before the market returns to its heady $175.6 million turnover achieved in 2007 at the current rate of increase.
The surprise star of the last big auction of 2015 was Thomas Tyrwhitt Balcombe (1810 – 1861), a little-known colonial artist whose work from the 1850s is extremely rare to market. Menzies offered not one or two, but seven of these rarities, two small oil paintings of Aborigines, and 5 mixed media works on paper passed down through the artist’s family.
Heavily contested by several bidders in the room and on the phone, the two oil paintings set new auction records for Balcombe, selling for hammer prices of $70,000 (lot 60) and $80,000 (lot 61) on estimates of $16,000-$24,000 to the Mitchell Library.
The 5 works on paper equally smashed their pre-sale estimates of between $2,000 and $5,000, selling for $13,000 (lot 62), $18,000 (lot 63), $24,000 (lot 64), $36,000 (lot 65) and again $24,000 (lot 66) – not as assumed to another public institution, but to a private collector from Victoria with a passion for mid-19th century Australian art.
Several predominantly South Australian rare and collectable modernists comprise the majority of a boutique selection of early 20th century art that goes under the hammer from 2pm Thursday December 10 at Leonard Joel 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.
The usual high profile modern artists – led by John Brack’s Adagio 1967-69 (lot 41) with a $600,000-$800,000 estimate – are guaranteed to pull a large auction crowd at Menzies final sale for the year from 6.30pm Thursday December 10 at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington in Sydney.
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