Menzies chairman and head of private sales Cameron Menzies is chuffed to be celebrating the company’s 25 years in the art auction industry and its 100th sale by auctioning 36 paintings belonging to the ANZ Bank collection – given that, as one of the big four Australian banks, it has always been such a staunch presence in its business aspirations.
“These paintings are representative of its Australia-wide and international collection which numbers several hundred works,” he said. “It includes such marvellous paintings as Russell Drysdale’s (1912-1981) Dawn Flight, Bass Strait 1961 (lot 6), featured on the auction catalogue’s back cover, and one of three complete sets of John Coburn’s (1925-2006) The Seven Days Creation tapestries (lot 9) woven in Aubusson, France in 1970.”
Both these works were sold to the ANZ by Melbourne art guru, Polish-born Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE (1918-2009), the former in 1989 after he purchased the painting from Sotheby’s 14 years earlier. Much of Brown’s incomparable Australian art collection now resides in the National Gallery of Victoria.