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Mossgreen’s 'Contemporary Vision' big on promise but small on numbers

By Peter James Smith on 18 September 2017 // Exclusive to the AASD
Mossgreen’s 'Contemporary Vision' of international contemporary art on 17 September in Melbourne was big on promise but small on numbers, with Coming Soon at Your Neighbourhood, 2008, (lot 34) ironically bringing the top price.

Collectors keen for a memory of artist Michael Illingworth

By John Perry in Auckland on 15 September 2017 // Exclusive to the AASD

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.

Vale Joan McClelland at the age of 104

By Terry Ingram on 8 September 2017 // Exclusive to the AASD

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.

Rejected Tom Roberts' painting declared genuine

5 September 2017

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.

Deutscher and Hackett achieve 100% sell through at auction of Fairfax Estate art collection

By Michaela Boland on 2 September 2017 // Exclusive to the AASD

The Australian art collected by fifth-generation newspaper man James Fairfax sold superbly, as expected, when offered by Deutscher and Hackett under a sprinkling of fairy lights and chandeliers at the National Art School's Cell Block Theatre in Sydney on Wednesday August 30.

The auction grossed $10.3 million, including the 22 percent buyers’ premium, off its $4.7m to $6.7m pre-auction estimate. That total is a high watermark for a relatively small collection of pictures chosen by a wealthy connoisseur without input from an advisor.

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Forthcoming Auctions

Untitled (Orange)
Ralph Hotere, Untitled (Orange), ?? cm, to be offered by Mossgreen-Webb's (formerly Webb's) Auckland 26/09/2017, Lot No. 101, Est: $20,000-30,000

Completed Auctions

Breakneck Gorge, Hepburn Springs 1864
Johann Joseph Eugen Von Guerard, Breakneck Gorge, Hepburn Springs 1864, 53.0 x 98.7 cm, sold by Sotheby's Sydney 03/05/2017, Lot No. 41, Price: A$1,952,000