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Collectors will have a rare chance to obtain a piece of Australian art history when 22 of iconic modern artist Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly paintings – the most ever to come to market – are auctioned on November 19 by Bonhams in Sydney.
The paintings are part of the 118-strong collection assigned from the estate of Nolan’s widow, Lady Mary Nolan, who died last year in the United Kingdom.
Historic Falls House at Wentworth Falls in New South Wales Blue Mountains began life in 1850 when Joseph Poll established the venue as a hotel.
Eighty years later, the building was almost destroyed by fire before being completely rebuilt and during the 1990s. Iconic Australian artist John Olsen and his girlfriend lived there where they set aside a room for his studio.
Well-known landscaper Paul Sorensen designed the garden and the property is once more in the news with Mossgreen auctioning the home’s contents on November 13 in Sydney.
Modernist female printmakers such as Margaret Preston and Thea Proctor have enjoyed appreciation for many years from their Australian audience.
It is however the Australian artists with international exposure who have shone brightly in recent years, namely Eveline Syme, Dorrit Black and Ethel Spowers whose work is collected on a worldwide scale. Hence the very substantial prices achieved in the last five years.
When a multi-millionaire who just happens to be a man of letters, art and wine sells a significant portion of his extensive and uncompromising art collection, people in those circles usually sit up and take note, and when that man, Glenn Schaeffer gives a rare public interview the event is guaranteed to draw a good crowd.
Explaining his hard-core position and shedding light on some of his methodologies to a large crowd at the Art + Object rooms in Auckland on the Saturday preceding the sale, Schaeffer spoke quietly and with authority about his position as an art collector, philanthropist and wine maker.
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