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Capping off a bumper year, Menzies’ 30 November Sydney auction of Australian and International Fine Art and Sculpture felt flat in comparison to recent record-breaking events. The 185-lot sale sold 65% by number, totalling $4.234 million (hammer) against the pre-sale estimates of $6.3 to $8.5 million. With several half million-dollar Australian works failing to find bids, the top lot went to Jacques Lipchitz’s Homme Assis à la Clarinette II, 1971 (conceived 1919-1920), which made its low-end estimate of $800,000.
Bowerbank Ninow book-ended the art auction sales for 2017 in Auckland with their Auction No. 7 sale of 105 lots on 30 November, based loosely around the idea of sculptural practice.
When two of Auckland's auction houses hold a major auction on the same night something must give. Mossgreen-Webb's second night sale commencing at 6.30 pm on 30 November in Auckland was a sixty-eight lot collection of fine New Zealand art assembled over a number of decades by Peter Jarvis and Helene Philips during their time at Parnell's Ferner Gallery and beyond. At the same time, 3 km away in the nearby suburb of Newton, Bowerbank Ninow were holding their Auction No. 7.
At Deutscher and Hackett’s final sale for the year in Melbourne on 29 November, little-known Australian expatriate Iso (Isobel) Rae rocketed into the record books with Les Acheteuses (the Buyers) c1913 (lot 16), a heavily-drawn oil loaded with character. It sold for more than $111 000 including buyer’s premium, eclipsing its previous market entry of $30,000 in 2005 by almost a multiple of four. Rae spent much of her life in Brittany and her composition shows seven women at a local fabric market stall—all outlined with strength and deft brushwork giving density to form.
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