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Fortunate US purchase boosts total from Rob Gould Collection

By Terry Ingram on 17 March 2017 // Exclusive to the AASD

Deutscher and Hackett’s sale of the collection of Melbourne based Rob Gould for $7.76 million in Sydney on March 15 was comfortably in excess of estimates largely due to a contribution of $2.1 million ($2.56 million with premium) from Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly – Outlaw 1955 (lot 9).

The $7.67 million was achieved with 70 per cent of the 74 lots finding buyers, many of them in the room. Helped greatly by the Nolan, the clearance by value was 106.9 per cent.

Little Digger’s daughter's portrait presages sad end to long Aussie innings in UK saleroom

By Terry Ingram on 10 March 2017 // Exclusive to the AASD

The London sale on March 22 of Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art, Maritime Art, Sporting & Wildlife Art at Christie’s South Kensington is almost certainly the last that will have an Australian lot illustrated on the catalogue cover, and probably the last lot of any special Australian interest to be offered in its rooms.

The lot is also the last that offers the opportunity for Australian institutions to compete for, in a saleroom that has produced many Australian institutional buys as well as private and trade purchases. The saleroom on Old Brompton Road which was established in 1975 as Christie's secondary London premises alongside its flagship King Street rooms is being closed down.

Institutional collectors pluck trophy paintings from a market overshadowed by wealthy private collectors

By Terry Ingram on 10 March 2017 // Exclusive to the AASD

The Australian art market has lost two exemplary works, presumably for good, to the public sector following perceptive intervention in the secondary market by museum collections.

This is never welcome news to dealers as they are unlikely ever to secure a second bite at them. But if private collectors zero in on trophy works, deft funding utilisation is called for if public collections are to grow.

The works are Meditating on Good Friday 1961 a triptych, oil on board by Stanislaus Rapotec, 183 x 412 cm and Ruby Plains Massacre 1, 1985, natural earth pigments and bush gum on canvas, 90 x 180 cm by Rover Thomas.

A mercurial Lin Onus steals the limelight at Mossgreen’s Lowenstein sale.

By Peter James Smith on 9 March 2017 // Exclusive to the AASD

Mossgreen are specialists in single-owner sales. On a quiet night for their much-anticipated Lowenstein sale, a shimmering Lin Onus painting Frog, c1995 (lot 76) with all the wistful pull of captured moonlight proved that a canny secondary market audience is after fresh high calibre works that are modestly estimated. This painting is built on the concept of reflected light, glowing like a glass-half-full bridge between aboriginal culture and western pictorial construction. True to form, the painted frog almost vanishes in the textured painted layers.  What a gem. It realised $60,000, just above its upper estimate.  (All realised prices quoted include the buyer’s premium.)  Compared to previous Lin Onus auction records, this was a modest sale. However for Onus, the records are held by works of larger scale and incisive aboriginal character.

Going for Gould: Art dealer trades up with a Kelly of high calibre

By John Furphy on 7 March 2017 // Exclusive to the AASD

Veteran Melbourne art dealer, Rob Gould is selling part of his private collection and part of his gallery stock through Deutscher & Hackett in Sydney on 15 March, 2017.

The gallery was established by Rob Gould and his mother in its current premises in Toorak Road, South Yarra in 1980, and in the early 2000's also had an outlet in Queen Street Woollahra.

Deutscher + Hackett catalogue estimates for The Gould Collection of Important Australian Art compiled by the Australian Art Sales Digest are from $5.9 million to $8.1 million hammer.

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