With a bite-sized auction and a works on paper focus, the audience that attended the auction tended to be of a younger demographic. Many of those attending were clearly new collectors, attracted by the fact that the prices for most of the works offered was not going to break the bank.
That said, the auction got off to a good start with Bill Hammond's There's a brand new dance but I don't know it's name (Lot 9 ) selling for $2700 followed by Shane Cotton's small Untitled Still Life (Lot 10 ) selling well above the estimate for $4,100.
Two works by Pat Hanly sold well, with his early Figure in Light (Lot 36 ) from 1963 selling for $5,750 and a later molecular study entitled A Winters Day (Lot 37 ) from 1969 selling for $7,250. All seven of Hanly works in the sale were sourced from the artist's estate.
Top price on the night went to a beautiful geometric abstract work by Milan Mrkusich (Lot 62 ) entitled Painting Yellow 1981. This work sold for $12,500 against an estimate of $7,000 - 12,000, and was followed by a brace of very early drawings by Colin McCahon from 1948. Canterbury Plains (Lot 63 ) and Cashmere Hills (Lot 64 ) each sold for $7,000.
Selling well over the top estimate of $6,500-8,500 was Untitled (Red Nude), (Lot 65 ) a rare Philip Clairmont mixed media work which brought $10,000, while his Study for Portrait of Hamish Keith (Lot 67 ) made $6500.
Most of the lots on offer found places amongst the bidders in the room while a number went to book bids held by the auctioneer. A good number of the seriously contested works went to the phone bidders.
The team at Bowerbank Ninow deserve praise for bringing together an excellent catalogue of works for sale in the accessible price bracket with another great catalogue cram packed with around twenty advertisments and eleven essays on various key artists whose works were on offer.