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Australian Curators and Art Market Audiences need to get out more. Mossgreen’s ‘A Contemporary Vision’ sale brought the international artworld to their door—but the curators, institutions, buyers and art marketeers didn’t open that door. Few attended the sale. Few saw the spectacular pre-sale installation of international works from the 80-piece catalogue across Mossgreen’s Melbourne locations that would have made any art museum proud. At least, few were there when this writer attended the viewing.
It seemed as though everybody wanted a ''slice of Mike'' so The Michael Illingworth Estate Sale at Art + Object in Auckland on 14 September started with a bang, and with about 150 potential bidders in the room continued apace until the last item in the 72 lot sale, the artist's anthropomorphic pallet... a real trophy which sold at the bargain price of $7,500, surely a record price for an artist's pallet at auction in New Zealand.
With the death of Joan McClelland in respite in Melbourne on 4 September, Australia lost its most respected art dealer of many years and most dedicated saleroom habitue. For several decades almost into the 21st century Joan rarely missed an antique and art sale in Melbourne of any note, and many of lesser significance.
When Australian couple Joe and Rosanna Natoli came across a painting bearing the signature of one of Australia's greatest artists, Tom Roberts, on the website of an English auction site, with a sale estimate of between £60 and £80, it seemed too good to be true.
"We thought it worth a shot," Ms Natoli said, a journalist from Seven News in Queensland. Come auction day, bidding was furious but, believing it to be a genuine, the Natolis gambled "everything we had at the time in the bank" and made a winning bid of £7500. Shipped to Australia they found the painting, curiously titled Rejected, in need of repair. After undertaking some restoration work they put it up to auction in Brisbane with an estimate of $30,000.
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