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Sotheby's "Artist Unknown" painting above and the coloured wood engraving "after" Oswald Rose Campbell' s most famous image, below. Catalogue arguably missed noteworthy link to Victorian artist.
Christie's questions ownership of painting and financing
23-Jul-2014

A case involving allegations of art fraud has strayed into the world of art financing and how the wealthy buy and sell art through their personal superannuation funds.

Louise McBride, a barrister, is suing auction house Christie's, classic car and art dealer Alex Holland and her former art consultant Vivienne Sharpe over an Albert Tucker painting bought in May 2000 that she says has been revealed as a fake, writes Anne Davies in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Tim Goodman builds a new empire in Finsbury Park
By Terry Ingram on 19-Jul-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

Tim Goodman is returning to London this week to take possession of new premises in London's Finsbury Park with a stopover in Hong Kong on his way to firm up a major consignment and talks with associates, in his new UK based Internet venture.

A short visit to Australia after many months in London resulted in talks with prospective new staff in Australia including Vicki Stait, formerly of Sotheby's Australia and with whom Goodman worked when he held that franchise, who will be joining the Goodman's venture.

Hybrid sale's curious offspring - a Chinese day bed - is much loved
By Terry Ingram on 14-Jul-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

The market in rare Chinese antiques just won't lie down. A new auction record for Chinese furniture is now being claimed by Lawson's for a 17th century Ming/Qing love seat or day bed sold at a house contents auction it held in Vaucluse, Sydney yesterday writes Terry Ingram

Unlike many of the previous high prices the record was not entirely unexpected. Indeed It seems to have fallen a little short.

Yet various prospective buyers enlivened the weekend viewing by examining the bed thoroughly with magnifying glasses and ultra violet light undaunted by its anonymous offering in a curious openly hybrid (an offspring of room and house contents) auction of carpets, Australian paintings and other Chinese antiques.

Flowers still bloom in it, but Emily is queen of the closing gender gap
By Terry Ingram on 13-Jul-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

The Women's liberation movement beginning in the 1960s is finally having a knock-on effect in the Saleroom.

Figures compiled by the Australian Art Sales Digest (AASD) show that since 1973 gender equality has increased substantially at Australian auctions, the major pointers to the resale market in art in  Australia, writes by Terry Ingram.

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