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After the much-publicised Mossgreen-Webb sale of the Warwick and Kitty Brown Collection in early May, which netted over $3 million, to follow on a month later with another art sale and expect the momentum to continue would be folly I fear, when the funds available for the secondary art market are finite.
Russell Drysdale’s masterpiece Grandma’s Sunday Walk is the major drawcard at Mossgreen’s forthcoming auction of the Alan & Margaret Hickinbotham Collection in Adelaide.
According to the catalogue preview, the painting exhibits the essential characteristics of a classic Drysdale – a set of recognisable outback characters in a landscape pared back to a few generic forms that might be found anywhere on the Australian continent.
The work carries a catalogue estimate of $1.8 million to $2.2 million and, if the painting sells (with expectations of an artist’s auction record), it will be the sixth more than $1 million estimated work Mossgreen has successfully auctioned – giving the company a 100 per cent strike rate in paintings of this value.
The current record price for a work by Drysdale sold at auction, is $1.89 million (IBP) for Rocky McCormack, which was sold by Sotheby's in Melbourne in 2008.
In a small eclectic sale comprising 68 lots of mixed quality, Bonhams Important Australian and Aboriginal Art auction (Sydney, 6 June) was carried by the performance of four works that racked up a hammer total of $1.8 million against their cumulative low-end tally one third that value, and which built a sale total of $3.5 million dollars (incl. BP), well above its $1.2 to $2.2 million dollar expectations.
The top ten tranche was filled with best-performing works by modern and contemporary master painters: Blackman (3), Boyd (1), de Maistre (1), Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1), Nolan (2), Brett Whiteley (1), and lone ex-pat Impressionist John Peter Russell.
A new series of curated contemporary art auctions – the only one of its kind in Australia – has been introduced by Mossgreen.
The first in the series will be held from 6.30pm Sunday May 28 at its Sydney premises 36-40 Queen Street, Woollahra.
Mossgreen has teamed up with contemporary art auction consultant Melissa Loughnan to help with the sale, which includes key works created after 1970 by Australian and New Zealand contemporary artists.
The quality and integrity of the auction is ensured through a set of criteria that includes a five-year cut-off period for consignments – that is, all works are dated on or before 2012.
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