Prior Years Archive:
Tim Goodman has thrown in the towel at Sotheby's Australia after only one year's ownership of the franchise, acquired in a deal which shook the industry and was widely acclaimed as the art deal of the last decade.
By Terry Ingram on 31-Dec-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Goodman moves on from the “deal of the decade

Tim Goodman has thrown in the towel at Sotheby's Australia after only one year's ownership of the franchise, acquired in a deal which shook the industry and was widely acclaimed as the art deal of the last decade.

NotFair, a satellite event to the Melbourne Art Fair,  garnered a respectable amount of media coverage and high hopes for an expanded Mark II in 2012 that might see it compared favourably to international satellite fairs such as Pulse, Scope, Bridge, Volta and Liste.
By , on 20-Dec-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

2010 Art Market Year In Review

Two events stood out for me in reviewing the art market in 2010. The first in late April when the Australian Financial Review reported a Federal government enquiry – the Cooper Review - was about to recommend artworks be banned from self-managed super funds.

When Warrego Jim was put on the block, the mood shifted; the room was transfixed witnessing a vigorous three-way contest, something that has become a rarity in the higher echeleons of the market
By Sophie Ullin on 19-Dec-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Menzies auction bucks expectations, overcoming end–of-year hurdles with positive results.

At auction close, Menzies were celebrating the rally of their top end.  Three of the four star lots delivered concrete results, sparking glimmers of hope for a renewed market in 2011.

By Terry Ingram on 17-Dec-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Bonhams Moves Into Top Gear

Bonhams Australia is opening its new permanent offices in Australia in early 2011, at 76 Paddington Street, Woollahra, only a stone's throw from Lucio's, the restaurant where many of the big picture deals of the 1980s art boom were negotiated over long Friday lunches.

Menzies is banking on four lots achieving at least $4 million in sales next week, and heading the bill is John Brack’s Double Nude 1 c1982-3 estimated at $1.5-2 million
By Sophie Ullin on 10-Dec-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

High hopes held for Bracks, Dysdale, Whiteley and Bonnard at Menzies sale

Menzies is banking on four lots achieving at least $4 million in sales next week. It’s a weighty responsibility in an auction carrying a low estimate total or $7.6 million.  

Top lot in the sale was Martin Sharp’s Eternity Haymarket, depicting the graphic ‘Eternity’ made famous by Sydney chalk artist Arthur Stace, which was bought for $25,000 by a private bidder against its estimate of $4,000-6,000
By Jane Raffan on 05-Dec-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Standing Room Only for Hogarth Galleries’ Last Hurrah.

The stock in trade of Hogarth Galleries was sold off yesterday by Leonard Joel, who managed to clear just about everything except the proverbial kitchen sink. The contents of the kitchen, along with a few other hardware stock items, were about the only lots that failed to excite interest from the hundred-strong crowd. Determined contestation propelled results well above estimates in most cases, securing very strong clearances of significantly more than 100% by value and 91% by volume.

By Sophie Ullin on 05-Dec-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Newly discovered European works fire at Leonard Joel’s Sunday art sale.

On a muggy afternoon, but in air-conditioned comfort, it was standing room only at Leonard Joel’s final Sunday art sale for 2010.  Auctioneer John Albrecht and the Art department staff looked relaxed and they had good reason; they have refreshed and reinvigorated LJ’s auction presentations and were about to offer an eclectic and broad range of stock bearing reasonable estimates.


Gems sparkle in Sotheby's earnings

The chairman of Sotheby's Australia, Tim Goodman, has said its parent company, First East Auction Holdings Limited, would overcome rugged trading conditions this year and post a similar result to last year.

Supplied, 2 December 2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Media Release On Behalf Of Rod Menzies

Leading art auctioneer Rod Menzies denies the scurrilous allegations made against him by Robert Le Tet and Rick Anderson in The Age newspaper on the 2nd December.

One of the highlights of the night was the sale for $64,800 incl. BP of a superb bark painting by the ‘Picasso of Arnhem Land’ David Yirawala, to set a new record for the artist.
By Adrian Newstead on 01-Dec-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Emblematic Bark Sets Record in Disappointing End to Sotheby’s Year

It was a disappointing night for the Sotheby’s franchise and its new Aboriginal art specialist D’lan Davidson. Just 51 people attended its 30th November auction at which only 62 of 219 lots (or 28%) found a buyer on the night. By the time they published their official results the clearance rate had risen to 32 per cent by lot and 37 percent by value.

The catalogue front cover image features a handsome oil, European Town Scene by Alan Sumner, former Director of the National Gallery School and best known for his work in the print medium.
By Sophie Ullin on 01-Dec-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Affordable art to combat the “Christmas effect”

This weekend’s Sunday Art auction at Leonard Joel, may lay claim to the title of the “most affordable sale of the year”. Boasting 257 lots, the overwhelming majority are priced under $2,000 and only a 10 lots occupy the $10-30k bracket[1] in sale carrying a low estimate total of $510,000.  This may prove to be a wise and prudent strategy; a recognition of the “Christmas effect” with it’s fund depleting capabilities and ability to distract and fragment art market focus.


Auctioneer in legal battle on Whiteley painting

HIGH-PROFILE art auctioneer Rodney Menzies is at the centre of a sensational court dispute over ownership of a Brett Whiteley painting - and, at the same time, he is being accused of misleading reporting of art sales through his auction house


Aboriginal art code hits snag


The federal government's Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct will suffer another setback at its AGM in Melbourne today.

One of its founding board members, gallery owner Beverly Knight, will tender her resignation in absentia.


Bonhams Announce the Establishment of an Aboriginal Art Department Based in Sydney

Two former staff from the Aboriginal Art department at Sotheby's Australia, Francesca Cavazzini and Greer Adams, have been employed by Bonhams as Specialists in Charge of the Aboriginal Art Department. The new department will be advised in all aspects of its operation by Tim Klingender (former Director of Aboriginal Art at Sotheby's Australia), in his role as Senior Consultant.


A painting of strollers in long dresses on a cliff top painted in 1910 and entirely fresh to the market (it had not appeared for close to 100 years) sold without a tremor for $624,000 against estimates (which exclude buyers premium) of $400,000 - $600,000.
By Terry Ingram on 23-Nov-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Sotheby's $4.1 million sale skirts market's precipice

The auction rooms have suddenly become depleted of rubbernecks. But that has not changed the pace. Members of a hardcore group of collectors are seizing the occasional rare opportunities now being presented at auction in a tight Australian art market replete with more realistic vendor expectations.


Big spenders drive art market to new highs

Art lovers and investors dug deep in Auckland last night to set record prices at an auction of early and rare paintings. The main piece was New Zealand artist Charles Frederick Goldie's oil on canvas of a sleeping Maori chief, offered by opera diva Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.


Iconic Kiwi art going under the hammer

A collection of iconic images from the late Kiwi photojournalist and artist Brian Brake are to go under the hammer. The images are some of his most famous and have been in storage for more than two decades.

The power of provenance is illustrated by the price of Dunraven’s Ray Crook painting Islanders Relaxing on Veranda. Estimated at $20-30,000 its result doubled to $44,000 hammer
By Sophie Ullin on 17-Nov-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

The power of provenance proven by Dunraven and Avery Collections results for Mossgreen

Rock bottom estimates and noteworthy provenance proved to be the lure for enticing bids at Mossgreen’s Part One Australian art sale last night, which achieved 63% by volume.  Almost any lot carrying a regular market estimate floundered and the few lots that managed to attract bidders, resulted in them being reeled  in at low estimate level.  If only the animated bidding behaviour greeting the Avery collection had translated into the rest of the sale, then the 40% sale by volume result for the multi-vendor component would have just seemed like a bad dream.

Clearance by number was 76%, but the failure of two highest estimated lots to sell on the night, including this work by Colin McCahon, brought the clearance rate by value down to 59%.
By Jane Raffan on 17-Nov-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Deutscher & Hackett Sale Navigates End of Year Ennui and with New Records Tallies $4.7 Million

The failure of a couple of high profile lots is an obvious statistical element to clearances of 76% by lot and 59% by value, but end-of-year auctions are notoriously unpredictable for works tilted at the top of a tired market, and sale successes need to be measured more broadly

Prices paid for the nine watercolours by Richard Browne (1776-1824) at Bonham's sale on Sunday, continued the trend of the three Brownes in the first part of the Owston sale in June, when a new record of $44,000 was set by Killigrant.
By Terry Ingram on 15-Nov-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

In a weak market, Aboriginalia is proud and strong.

Portraits have replaced landscapes as market leaders as the colonial art market continued its comeback in Sydney on November 14.


Gallery torn about sale of Patrick White's favoured picture

A signature Ian Fairweather biblical painting donated to the Art Gallery of NSW by Patrick White will be sold at auction on Wednesday. The gallery has opted to sell the sombre Gethsemane work which hung above Patrick White's writing desk until 1974 to fund its acquisition of a brighter biblical Fairweather from the same era, The Last Supper.

By Ainslie Gatt on 14-Nov-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

McKenzie’s Spring Auction in Perth

West Australia has its own much loved stable of West Australian bred artists, whom are highly sought after by the locals, and the lucky others, whose artworks regularly flow through the revolving doors of the local auction houses and the McKenzie’s Spring Auction, on the 23 November, is no exception.

Due to the cracking in the floor close to the mural, the ‘Brief’ estate mural in Sri Lanka will undoubtedly die a slow and painful death unless funding can be found to restore it.
By David Hulme & Brigitte Banziger on 12-Nov-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

A slow and painful death for Donald Friend mural?

Donald Friend’s relationship with Bali is well known to most Australians.

The next Mossgreen auction will have a strong horseracing theme when the Brian Clinton painting The Greatest Cup Never Run will be offered.
By Sophie Ullin on 11-Nov-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Mossgreen keeps the Spring Racing Carnival going for another week.

Mossgreen’s Fine Australian Art sale next week is sure to satisfy collectors favouring traditional and classic genres, particularly landscapes (along with their variations, namely cityscapes and seascapes) and the occasional nude.

By Adrian Newstead on 07-Nov-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Sotheby’s Tribal Focus Risks Loss Of Market Share.

Sotheby’s new Aboriginal art specialist D’Lan Davidson has put together a solid ‘tribal’ offering for his first end of year sale. There are, however, no  unusual surprises to arouse buyers in an auction that relies heavily on two major artifact and bark painting collections, broadened in scope by 22 Hermannsburg watercolours and 41 acrylic paintings on canvas that were created post 1980.

By , on 07-Nov-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Sotheby's Australia turns the electricity back on

With its latest sale, Sotheby's is seeking to switch the electricity back on in the Australian saleroom, writes our special correspondent. And with 25 plus miniature lightning conductors it might just do the job.

By Jane Raffan on 07-Nov-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Deutscher & Hackett’s 2010 Finale offers Pedigree with Panache

By all accounts 2010 has been a tough year for the auction industry: the threat of the Cooper Review recommendations to ban art from super funds, more government regulation and administrative impost, the business stalemate of a protracted election and continued collector skittishness due to ongoing global money market frailties. Topped with the high cost of catalogue production, it’s no wonder sales by all the major players have become leaner. Through all of this, however, Deutscher & Hackett’s turnover total could well be their best since the company’s formation.


Kiri's Goldie painting may set sale record

Opera diva Kiri Te Kanawa is selling off one of the finest examples of the work of renowned artist Charles Frederick Goldie.


Drysdale masterpiece set to fetch $1m

Warrego Jim, the bushman with the Mona Lisa smile, is a lost masterpiece of Australian art likely to start a million-dollar bidding war at auction in Melbourne in December.


Tax bill adds to dealer's woes after court ruling on art fakes

Peter Gant has endured the kind of year he would much rather forget. First, there was the matter of three forged drawings - a dispute that pitted Mr Gant, an art dealer, against two of Australia's most prominent artists, Charles Blackman and Robert Dickerson


The “Scratchy” market: Making sense of the art trade during Frieze week

This year's Frieze Art Fair went head-to-head for the first time with London 's contemporary auctions. The fair, which ran from October 13th to the 17th, has restructured the seasonality of the art market to the extent that “Frieze Week” has become art-world shorthand for mid-October.

The Urbino ‘istoriato’ plate, representing a scene from Roman history, Gaius Popilius Laenas before the King of Syria.
By , on 20-Oct-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Damascene conversion tilts gallery to museumhood

The Art Gallery of NSW could widen its appeal to many new collectors as a result of a new bequest, writes our special correspondent.

Antique dealers and collectors visiting the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW) from today - and into the far future - will encounter a display of  English and Continental porcelain and Italian majolica they never in their wildest dreams might have expected to be permanently exhibited there.

By , on 19-Oct-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Rich amalgam of Old Masters and porcelain to fill gap in NSW collection

The Art Gallery of NSW will this week announce the acquisition of a major collection of Old Master paintings and Italian porcelain and majolica the existence of which appears to have been totally unknown to the present generation of Australian auctioneers, dealers and fellow collectors.


Art dealers encouraged by early sales at London's Frieze

At seven o'clock on the opening day of London's premier contemporary art fair, Frieze, there was a scrum for champagne. People were celebrating. After a gloomy couple of years in the art market, the dealers were smiling and relaxed at their stalls.

By Jane Raffan on 13-Oct-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Smith & Hall Collapse Sends a Chill through SMSF Sector

Having recovered from the tremors of the Cooper Review recommendation to ban art as an asset class in their Self Managed Super Funds, trustees will now have to overcome the rolling aftershocks, including potential loss of value across holdings, and financial imposts associated with impending government regulation.

By Sophie Ullin on 10-Oct-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Not playing the Game: Time to Rethink the Rules of Engagement

It didn’t bode well at D+H when half of the critical, stage-setting first 20 lots were passed in, the phones barely rang and the seated audience appeared intent on marking their catalogues rather than waving their paddles.


Why selling out is now an artful career move

A new generation of artists sees nothing sinful about business, writes Samantha Selinger-Morris.


Sotheby's breaks Asian art sales record in Hong Kong


Global auction house Sotheby's notched up its best ever sales tally for an Asian auction series in Hong Kong on Friday, hammering off HK$3.08 billion ($400 million) worth of Asian art, jewelry, wine and watches. The strong results for the biannual auctions, widely seen as a barometer for the Chinese and Asian art markets, underscored surging demand from affluent mainland Chinese buyers for top tier Chinese imperial treasures and ceramics, though results were mixed and relatively flat for objects of lesser quality.


Turner Prize Shortlist 2010, Tate Britain, Review

Film, fabric and paintings of the worst kind: Richard Dorment takes a look at this year’s Turner Prize shortlist

By Jane Raffan on 27-Sep-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Market Resilience Promoted in London by Buoyant Results at Christie’s Australian Art Sale

As the adage goes, ‘statistics can be made to prove anything – even the truth’. In the case of Christie’s Modern and Contemporary Australian Art sale held in London on 23 September 2010, the statistics speak for themselves: an overall clearance of 100% by value and 83% by lot for a total of AUD $888,072 (incl. BP). In general, most of the modern works realised above pre-sale expectations, and while this was predictable due to highly reasonable estimates, the success of the sale was also borne out in a cache of new stats for individual artists.

By Adrian Newstead on 25-Sep-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Aboriginal & Oceanic Art: Deutscher and Hackett Throw Caution to the Wind

The current market may be soft, but there is no point in being faint-hearted. Buoyed by a staggering 92% by volume and 117% by value result for its William and Lucy Mora Collection, Deutscher and Hackett now appear to have thrown caution to the wind.

In spite of media reports questioning of the authenticity of Nolan’s (Kelly, Blue Sky and Moon) 1960, the painting sold well above low estimate
By Sophie Ullin on 24-Sep-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Menzies Sept. 23 Sale: It’s a Buyer’s Market/ New Paradigm

While our politicians and media may talk of a strong Australian economy, it is not the experience of those involved with discretionary markets, particularly the art market which seems to be occupying a parallel and opposing universe.

By Jane Raffan on 21-Sep-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Kaliman and Reid Signal Generational Shift for Secondary Art Dealer Market

Vasili Kaliman and Michael Reid are currently in discussions regarding the opening of a new gallery focusing on the secondary art market. Proposed for launch around March 2011, the dealership will be poised, Phoenix-like, to coincide with the art market’s rebirth.


Aboriginal art dying with desert masters

The pursuit of cultural authenticity in Aboriginal art will make it harder for young artists to enjoy the success of the old masters. New research into the sustainability of Aboriginal art claims the market for new works is already falling away, even for sought-after artists, because some indigenous works are still being treated as ethnographic objects.


Sotheby's sets print auction record with Picasso

A Pablo Picasso print has sold for 1.3 million pounds ($2.0 million), a record for a single print sold at auction, Sotheby's said Friday


Ned Kelly, ever the outlaw, defies the slowdown in the art market

This is a watershed year for Sidney Nolan's huge series of bushranger paintings. When Sidney Nolan's First-Class Marksman fetched the first-rate auction price of $5.4 million in March, it gave owners of other Nolan Ned Kellys reason to consider their works anew.

Mount Rigi, Switzerland’s Queen of the Mountains
By David Hulme & Brigitte Banziger on 15-Sep-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

A Tale of Two Rigis

Three small paintings, hardly larger than an A4 sized sheet, are among the most valuable watercolours in the world – and one of them is at home in Australia, on display for the public no less. J.M.W. Turner’s views of Mount Rigi and a recent visit to Switzerland’s Queen of the Mountains inspired David Hulme to have a closer look.


Menzies Art Brands auction house 'flouts ACCC terms'

Menzies Art Brands has denied it is flouting the terms under which the ACCC dropped inquiries into its disclosure practices.

By Peter Fish on 13-Sep-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Bonham’s London to Offer View of Jacob’s Creek

Rare early scenes of South Australia’s Barossa Valley painted by a visiting clergyman are to be offered by Bonhams in London on Wednesday at its Travel and Exploration sale.

By Sophie Ullin on 13-Sep-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Menzies Tunes in to an An Adjusting Market

A Spring clean has been taking place at Menzies Art Brands. First the catalogue, emblazoned with its abbreviated moniker ‘Menzies’, reveals a more concise format; a curated selection of 99 works, underlining their position at the prestige end of the market, while Lawson Menzies focuses on servicing the remaining middle and lower rungs.  Secondly, like the recent rains, Menzies has broken its own Victorian drought by returning to Melbourne to hold at least one auction per year

By Jane Raffan on 12-Sep-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Drawing from the Roof of the World Goes Through the Ceiling at Davidson Auctions.

The 1931-32 Trans Asia Expedition known as 'Le Croisière Jaune' was touted as the first continuous overland journey between the Mediterranean and the East China Sea since the days of Marco Polo. The Silk Road journey was the third trans-continental effort funded by automobile magnate Andre Citroen, and Alexandre Iacovleff was the expedition's artist and ethnographer; producing an album of fifty paintings and drawings.

By Terry Ingram on 12-Sep-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Two Silver Spoons To Scrape The Sydney Pot

Mr James Badgery's commitment to the auction industry into which he was born, has taken yet another turn. His laconic auctioneering style is guaranteed a further captive run backed by another auctioneer born with a silver auction spoon in his mouth, Mr James Bruce of Adelaide.

By , on 12-Sep-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Peter Garrett Loses Arts Ministry In New Gillard Cabinet

Peter Garrett has lost his Arts Ministry in what may well be another consequence of the Save Super Art campaign against the Cooper Report recommendations to ban artworks from self-managed super funds.

Christopher Guye, opening a new gallery in Zurich, that will include the work of Bill Henson.
By David Hulme & Brigitte Banziger on 09-Sep-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

If Rembrandt had taken photographs...

A new contemporary art gallery opened in Zurich at end of August focusing on international contemporary photography. Australian photographer Bill Henson is strongly represented in this new push by gallerist Christophe Guye. Guye’s previous venture was Scalo-Guye Gallery in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, which closed in 2008

By Ainslie Gatt on 08-Sep-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Stirling Art Collection For Sale in Perth

With disruption in the art market this year due to the Cooper Review’s proposal to ban investment art in Self Managed Super Funds, and the Resale Royalties scheme kicking off, many in the arts community are questioning the viablity of the industry in these unsettling times.

By Jane Raffan on 07-Sep-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

From Rubbish to Rare Treasure – Christie’s UK Salvages Historical Works via iPhone App for First Australian Art Outing in Two Years

An eye hook used to be understood as a simple fastener. Now it means your story is sexy enough to guarantee PR.  And so it does: the tentative venture back into the market for Australian art by Christie’s London is suddenly a story about the salvation of historical Blamire Young works via their iPhone app.

By Adrian Newstead on 02-Sep-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Valuable Lesson for the West in Eclectic Bernadt Aboriginal Art Sale

Dr. Ian Bernadt is a voracious collector of Aboriginal art, whose love and dedication to his vocation is matched only by his unbridled excitement for his passion. With a lack of room to display the more than 500 works he has collected over the past 20 years, the vast majority have lain impenetrably stacked along walls, throughout rooms at his home and surgeries, still wrapped in the bubble pack they were delivered in.

By Jane Raffan on 01-Sep-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Deutscher & Hackett Overcomes Tough Room to Tally $6.21 Million and Secure Second Spot in Year to Date Sales

The AASD calculated D and H auction clearances of 66% by value and 64% by volume illustrate the tenor of the sale, which had it highs and lows, and only a few surprises. The sale total of $6.21 million brings the year to date total for Deutscher and Hackett to $13.95 million, compared with $12.78 million year to date for Sotheby's, both well behind the Menzies 2010 total of $23.29 million.

By Adrian Newstead on 31-Aug-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Mossgreen Early Aboriginal & Oceanic Art: Like Oil and Water

After two Mossgreen Indigenous art offerings over the final weekend in August, it was clear that tribal artifacts and contemporary Indigenous paintings, like oil and water, just don’t mix.

By , on 31-Aug-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

An Uphill Battle - Relieved By Roman Steps - Grosses Sotheby's $4.72 million

The sale of Important Australian art held by Sotheby's in its rooms in Sydney's Double Bay on August 31 was an uphill battle. Ironically it made some of the gradient with the help a painting titled The Steps (Lot 5) showing 32 of the same, which sold for $405,000.($486,000 IBP).

By , on 27-Aug-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

New Trans Tasman Auctioneer/Dealer Alliance

Commercial art gallery Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay has established a trans-Tasman art alliance with Webb's, New Zealand's premier auction house, after talks over the last two months.

By , on 26-Aug-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

New Website Tracks 100 Top Aboriginal Artists

Australian indigenous art veteran Adrian Newstead last night launched  a new web site covering the careers of more than 100 of the most important artists of the Indigenous art movement

By Jane Raffan on 26-Aug-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Vale Hogarth Galleries!

After 38 years, the venerable Sydney entity will close its doors today. Hogath Galleries played a formative role in developing the Aboriginal art market and bringing the work of remote art centres and emerging artists to the attention of the public. 

By Peter Fish on 25-Aug-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Lawsons Reinstates Lawson Menzies Sales in Mid-Level Economy Model

It seems downsizing has appeal for art auctioneers as well as ageing home owners, with each major auctioneer offering what amounts to a “budget” outlet.

By Ainslie Gatt on 25-Aug-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

GFL Auction Features Western Australian Landscapes

Although not one of its catalogued semi-annual sales, GFL’s Art Auction in Perth on 30 August features many 20th century artists who have documented the topography of the West Australian landscape.

By Adrian Newstead on 19-Aug-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Eclectic Bernadt Aboriginal Art Collection Set to Meet the Market

From the moment he walked in to his first Aboriginal art exhibition more than 20- years ago ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Ian Bernadt  became a voracious collector. On viewing the first oval Utopia paintings in Robert Holmes a Court’s 1989 collection he told Perth dealer Sharon Monty to ‘Get me an Emily!’.

By Jane Raffan on 18-Aug-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Fred Williams, Footy Players and Femmes Fatales Fill Top Tier at Deutscher & Hackett’s Fine Art Auction

A sublime Fred Williams Lysterfield painting with a price tag of $1.2–1.6 million promises fanfare in Deutscher and Hackett’s spring auction on 1 September, while diehard Collingwood fans should be pleased with pre-sale expectations for John Brack’s Three of the Players, 1953 (Lot 16), which has been out of circulation since the early ‘50s and holds second spot on the ladder at $800,000–1.2 million.

By , on 17-Aug-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Pennies From Heaven For Sotheby's Double Bay

Some of the pictures are beige  - or even more unforgivably brown - in the coming Sotheby's Australia art auction. The venue might also be considered a bit of a come-down. But tight editing of inclusions,  fresh to the market stock, and a slew of celebrated collector and exhibition provenances are richly in the auction's favour.

.. including a Mormon bonnet by American artist Angela Ellsworth, sold to a visitor from London.
By , on 10-Aug-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Skulls, bonnets and smalls take off at the Melbourne Art Fair as dealers battle to make headway

The Melbourne Art Fair has never been known to attract lines of private jets bringing collectors from overseas like the fairs of Basel and Miami. This year, its 12th, was no exception with overseas galleries and buyers poorly represented.


Art dealer connected to another suspect Whiteley painting

THE Melbourne art dealer Peter Gant has been linked to a second suspect Brett Whiteley painting, which he gave to a well-known restaurateur as security for money owed.

..the battle is won, but the war is not over.
By , on 03-Aug-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

The Cooper Report, Its Recommendation To Ban Artworks From SMSFS And The New SPAA Draft Guidelines

On 30 June the Cooper Review into Superannuation came up with more than 150 recommendations to protect our national retirement savings. One of these proposals, however, concerning only 0.1% of assets held in self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) provoked a public outcry and led to its rejection by all political parties within a month.


Labor promises art investment won't be excluded from super funds

THE government has backed down on art investment by self-funded funds. Labour has succumbed to a vocal campaign from artists and gallery owners to ensure Australians can continue loading up their super funds with art and collectibles.


Art market gets ugly as indigenous bubble bursts

Government reform has helped diminish Aboriginal art's investment appeal. It began with a bang just over a decade ago in the lush years of fast-paced economic growth, faltered in the global financial crisis, and was quietly, sadly laid in its grave over the past two weeks, its funeral marked by a set of bleak auction results

By , on 30-Jul-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Reprieve: Artworks and Antiques Will Continue as Eligible Investments for Super Funds

The Labour Party announced today that it would not ban the purchase of artworks, antiques and collectables by Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs), as proposed by the Cooper Report into the Superannuation industry.

Anatjari Tjakamarra’s 'Story of a Women’s Camp and the Origin of Damper' 1973 (Lot 55) sold for $320,000 hammer, the highest price in the sale.
By Adrian Newstead on 27-Jul-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Disastrous Sotheby’s Aboriginal Art Sale Puts Entire Art Industry on Notice

What a shocker. No less than 53 lots passed in the first 100 on offer. A room full of people but bereft of vitality.  Drained of animation, as lot after lot failed to inspire bidding.

By Adrian Newstead on 24-Jul-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Large Crowd Supports Successful Mora Aboriginal Art Sale.

According to those in the room, it felt like the good old days. A buzz of excitement greeted auctioneer Anita Archer as she mounted the podium.  Before her a ‘standing room only’ crowd packed D + H to the rafters with a totally Melbourne-centric crowd. They had turned out en mass to support their own: the urbane William Mora, and his estranged artist wife Lucy who were sadly dividing their ‘private collection’. 


Agnew's to Open New Premises at Albemarle Street in Early September

Agnew's, one of London ’s leading international art dealers, has confirmed that its new premises at 35 Albemarle Street will open in early September. Founded in 1817, the UK ’s oldest family-owned art dealership has created a gallery which clearly states that modern and contemporary art will play a very significant role in its future, but at the same time acknowledges their long-established position as dealers in Old Master paintings and drawings and British paintings and watercolours.


Easier to fake it and make it

AUSTRALIA'S new resale royalty scheme will make it easier for fakes to circulate undetected in the art market by driving sales underground, says auctioneer Damian Hackett, who almost sold the painting Orange Lavender Bay attributed to the late Brett Whiteley but believed to be a fake, at auction in April.


A striking similarity, but spot the suspected fake

A PROMINENT Melbourne art dealer has been linked to a second art work believed to be fake but attributed to the late Brett Whiteley.


Trial ends in bonfire of the profanities

THREE artworks involved in a controversial trial went up in smoke yesterday following an order for their destruction.  Renowned Australian artists Charles Blackman and Robert Dickerson, with their family and friends, gathered at the Dickerson Gallery in Sydney to burn the artworks in a ceremonial bonfire.

A Nevimbumbao was gifted by Matisse to Picasso
By Peter Fish on 15-Jul-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Link to Picasso and Matisse in Vanuatu Ogress Figure

Malakula is a picturesque palm-fringed  island in the Vanuatu group southeast of Papua New Guinea, but it seems it’s a name to conjure with in the tribal art world. A rare Malakula female body mask or nevimbumbao – an ogress - (lot 2) is among the pricier offerings at Sotheby’s Aboriginal and Oceanic art sale in Melbourne on July 26 and 27.

By , on 14-Jul-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Central Melbourne Dealers, Adam Galleries to Close.

Former real estate agent Sid Broadway established Adam Galleries in Canterbury in 1956 – the same year as the Melbourne Olympics – when he realised the potential of selling fine furniture to many of Melbourne’s establishment. Now, after 54 years of trading, of which 50 years were in central Melbourne, the current owner Noël Stott has decided to retire.

By Adrian Newstead on 11-Jul-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Sotheby’s Aboriginal Art Sale Ticks the Boxes in Tough Market

It what is understood to be his auction swansong, outgoing Sotheby’s specialist Tim Klingender has managed under difficult circumstances, to put together a large mixed offering with a considerable number of high quality pieces.

Offered in an Old Master sale held by Bonhams in London on Wednesday July 7, the most valuable work in the Owston collection of antiques and art went unsold.
By Terry Ingram on 08-Jul-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Owston Wtewael found wanting in London.

Offered in an Old Master sale held by  Bonhams in London on Wednesday July 7, the most valuable work in the Owston collection of antiques and art went unsold.

By , on 05-Jul-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Final Cooper Report Recommends Ban on Artworks in Super Funds

The final report of the Cooper Review into Superannuation, delivered to Government yesterday has now called for legislation to ban self-managed super funds from investing in art and requested a shorter time period for super fund art collections to be divested  than it previously recommended in April.  

By Adrian Newstead on 05-Jul-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

The William and Lucy Mora Collection

Born in Melbourne in 1953, the urbane William (Willi) Mora grew up surrounded by art and artists. His father Georges and mother Mirka emigrated from France to Australia in 1951 and Willi and his brothers Philippe and Tiriel grew up in café society surrounded by many of Australia’s most important modernist painters and literary figures. Georges Mora, having opened Tolarno Galleries in 1967, and Rudi Komon in Sydney, were Australia’s pre-eminent émigré art dealers.


Art resale scheme full of flaws: Radford

The director of one of the nation's largest art galleries says the federal government's resale royalty scheme is full of complications.

By Anna Groden on 28-Jun-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Mixed Response to Second Menzies Group Art Auction for 2010

The second Menzies Art Brands Fine Art auction for 2010 took place on 24 June in Sydney to a mixed market response. After the switch in the top position in the Government earlier in the week, one wonders if this had any impact on buyers.

By Sophie Ullin on 28-Jun-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Kites Fails to Fly at Joel's, but Bell Wind does OK.

The chill that permeated the Melbourne air on Sunday afternoon happily did not translate into the atmosphere of Leonard Joel’s rooms as they set about auctioning 285 works of art. In contrast the room had a warm and comfortable air which corresponded with the respectable and fairly solid hammer result of a $490,000 and sales rates of 65% both by value and volume.

Supplied, 27 June 2010 Exclusive to the AASD

The Owston Auction Part 1: Trophy Sale Becomes $12 Million Prize As Even Dead Birds Fly

Driven by a very personal determination by the auctioneer to establish a profile in Australia, the dispersal by Bonhams Australia of part one of the Owston collection on June 25 and 26 at Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal grossed $10.8 million hammer, $12.9 million with buyers premium, which was almost double its lower estimates.


Auction items belong to me, says Firepower wife

Sandra Johnston, the wife of the chairman of Firepower, Tim Johnston, says she owns 36 items in the Warren and Cheryl Anderson Owston antique collection, scheduled for auction starting tomorrow.

By Sophie Ullin on 23-Jun-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Joel's May Have Hidden Bounty for Treasure Hunters

The promise of a treasure hunt always surrounds an auction at Leonard Joel and in this weekend’s Sunday Art Auction of 285 lots with a low estimate total of $700,000, there should be a few finds to satisfy intrepid collectors. 



Developer Warren Anderson goes all-out to halt Bonhams sale

Colourful Perth property developer Warren Anderson has accused auction house Bonhams of being "unprofessional and incompetent" three days before it is due to put his vast collection of art, furniture and stuffed animals under the hammer.


Art stripped bare

Forgery in the art word is rife, but it seems to be one of the easiest crimes to get away with, writes Gabriella Coslovich.


Tate Britain lifts the veil on Boyd bride

An Arthur Boyd painting that has not been on public display for almost 50 years has been donated to the Tate Britain gallery in London. The 1960 oil painting, Bride Drinking from a Creek, was shown briefly in London but has since been in the private collection of English collector Ann Forsdyke, who worked for the Australian artist's friend Sidney Nolan in the 1960s.

By Ainslie Gatt on 17-Jun-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Paying Tribute to Western Australian Art

McKenzie Art Auctioneers will stage their second antiques, collectables and art auction for the year  on Wednesday, 23 June, 2010. The art component in this auction is 120 lots, estimated at between $439,400 and $654,250.

By Peter Fish on 16-Jun-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Dining Out in Style at Circular Quay

What do you call a chap who owns at least 28 antique dining tables, four of them around 4 metres long? Greedy? Not if you’re an antique dealer , you call him Sir. At least, that’s the sort of respect – perhaps even awe – the West Australian high-flier Warren Anderson must have inspired in the trade in London’s Mayfair or the Sydney and Melbourne antiques precincts during his big-spending heyday.

By David Hulme & Brigitte Banziger on 16-Jun-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

First Official Day at Art Basel 41: More Australian Connections

Some of the big names for sale at Art Basel are the German masters of the early 20th century, such as Egon Schiele, Ernst-Ludwig Kirchner and Gustav Klimt - and they are famously presented by London-based Australian art dealer Richard Nagy. He has been able to exhibit in Basel since 2005, although he says: 'It is fairly brutal, and there are no guarantees that you can exhibit in the future.'

By Anna Groden on 15-Jun-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Second Menzies Sale for 2010 Includes Some Rarely Seen Works.

The 129 lots in the second Menzies fine art auction for 2010 in Sydney on 24 June, includes some important Australian and international paintings that have never or rarely been traded on the secondary market

By David Hulme & Brigitte Banziger on 15-Jun-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Art Basel 41: Two Antipodean Premieres

 The galleries holding up the Anzac flag are only two, and both of them are first-timers among the 303 international galleries represented and this year's Art Basel, chosen from over 1,100 applications. Yet both rookies - Anna Schwartz Gallery of Melbourne and Sydney, and Michael Lett from Auckland - are already very happy with this most important of Art Basel rituals, the day for invited guests only, aptly named 'First Choice'.

By Jane Raffan on 11-Jun-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

The Estate of the Late Lillian Hoffman: Tribal, Aboriginal art, Artefacts and Antiquities

 In 1925, the year after American Lillian Hoffman was born, The Society of Woman Geographers was formed to bring together ‘women explorers at heart’ whose work involved ‘extensive travel in the investigations of little-known or unique places, peoples or things in the world’.  Ms Hoffman was not a member, but her adventurous travels evinced a similar ethos, and this was carried through to her collection, which reflects a passionate embrace of the material culture of places and peoples beyond the expected.


Changes to super rules upset art market

Gallery owners, artists and dealers have united to campaign against proposed changes to Australia's superannuation system that would prohibit self-managed super funds investing in art.


Dickerson family win fuels art fraud campaign

THE family of artist Robert Dickerson has cranked up its campaign against fraud in the art world following its Supreme Court win last week in which judge Colin Vickery ordered the destruction of counterfeit sketches purported to be by Dickerson and his fellow "Antipodean" artist Charles Blackman.


Aboriginal galleries unhappy with royalty scheme

An artist-owned Aboriginal art gallery says the Federal Government must make major modifications to its resale royalty scheme for visual artists.


Painters will suffer, says art dealer

JUST over 10 years ago, Emily Rohr was approached at her Broome gallery by a young indigenous artist named Daniel Walbidi. He told her there were old people in his community who "needed to paint".


Art dealers up in arms over levy

Australian art gallery owners and dealers are in revolt over the federal government's artist resale royalty scheme, which comes into effect on Wednesday. Though many concede the intention was honourable, the effect, they fear, will be dreadful. Prices will rise, administration costs will multiply, and only those artists who are already well off will see any significant benefit, the critics say.

By Terry Ingram on 06-Jun-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Eight the lucky number for Davidsons Auctions

At Davidsons Auctions on Saturday, Lot 80, a work by Russian artist Vasily Ivanovich Shukhaev (1887-1973) made $80,000 hammer, ($92,000 IBP), the highest price in the sale,  of Australian & International Art.


Whiteley nephew denies nude link

THE mystery surrounding a dubious Brett Whiteley nude that was withdrawn from sale by an auction house this week has deepened. The late artist's nephew, Daniel Carlisle, is furious that his name was attached to the drawing's provenance, or history of sale, and says he has never seen the work.


An awkward Whiteley nude raises questions of authenticity

AS BRETT WHITELEY nudes go, it's not particularly pretty. There is little sensual or fluid about it. In fact, it's clumsy and hunched, with an awkwardly placed breast and a strangely stunted knee.
By , on 02-Jun-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

'Save Super Art' Campaign Commences

As reported in the Australian Financial Review a week ago - "dealers, gallery owners and accountants have banded together to launch a 'Save Super Art' campaign" - which aims to rule out the recommendation of the Cooper review to ban artworks from self-managed superannuation funds.

Supplied, 2 June 2010 Exclusive to the AASD

New high price for Sali Herman at Mossgreen sale

Sali Herman provided the highlight of the Mossgreen sale on Monday night, with the cover lot 'Argyle Place' achieving a new auction record for the artist of $137,425 IBP against his previous highest price of $96,000 IBP. 

By Jane Raffan on 02-Jun-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Checks and Balances and a Bigger Cheque for the Vendor

With the Resale Royalty scheme now adding a new layer of costs and complexity to selling works of art, Deutscher & Hackett’s venture with GraysOnline offers vendors a timely new service that promises more pennies in their pockets after sale.


Artworks purportedly by two famed Australian artists declared fakes

A Melbourne Supreme Court judge today declared artworks by two famed Australian artists to be fakes and ordered that they be destroyed. Justice Peter Vickery said two charcoal drawings by Charles Blackman, titled Street Scene with Schoolgirl and Three Schoolgirls, and a drawing Pensive Woman by Robert Dickerson were said by the artists to be fakes.
By , on 01-Jun-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Artists' Resale Royalty and the Lockheed lounge

An Australian world record price was made at the Phillips de Pury New York evening art auction in early May when a rare Lockheed Lounge from 1988 by Australian born designer Mark Newson, sold for $US2.1 million, far exceeding its pre-sale estimates of $US1 million to $US1.5 million. There are a number of interesting aspects about this result, in relation to the  introduction of the Artists' Resale Royalty from June 9, 2010.


Dealers hang art levy out to dry

EIGHT days before it takes effect, the federal government's art resale royalty scheme has been branded a "catastrophe", with gallery owners angry and uncertain about how it will affect their business.

Art HK10: the gateway to China

“Asia lacked a one-stop fair – and I think this is it!” says Iwan Wirth of Hauser & Wirth of Art HK10, the Hong Kong fair that launched its third edition on May 27. Hauser is just one of a number of prestigious recruits to the fair, along with Paris’s Emmanuel Perrotin, Pace Beijing, and New Yorkers Lehman Maupin, Leo Castelli and Marianne Boesky.
By Ainslie Gatt on 25-May-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Back to Business - GFL Auctioneers Winter Auction

It is refreshing to see a collection of blue chip investment art, although modest, come back onto the market at a Perth auction house. With 156 Lots and a value between $1-1.2 million this auction includes a good selection of important Australian artists.

Supplied, 20 May 2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Market for New Zealand Photography Comes Of Age

At Art+Object’s third annual dedicated auction of photography in Auckland, over $230,000 of photographs by New Zealand’s leading practitioners were sold, with many new record prices set.

Supplied, 18 May 2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Robert Bleakley Collection Features in Mossgreen's First 2010 Art Auction

It is fortuitous that Mossgreen has Robert Bleakley’s Collection to beef up their offering for May 31. The first auction with Alison Renwick at the helm is a sound, but uninspiring selection of some one hundred largely traditional pictures, heavily supported by a further hundred or so Aboriginal and Tribal pieces from Bleakley’s consignment.

By David Hulme & Brigitte Banziger on 13-May-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Australian world record price at Phillips de Pury's New York evening art auction: Mark Newson's Lockheed Lounge sells for US$2.098 million

The third of the big art nights in New York was also a big night for Australian art: Mark Newson's Prototype Lockheed Lounge from 1988, with an estimate of US$1 million to US$1.5 million, sold for US$ 2.098 million, beating the previous record from April 2009 by US$ 485,000. The work sold after vigorous bidding in the room and on the phones to an unknown phone bidder.

By David Hulme & Brigitte Banziger on 12-May-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Sothebys New York Contemporary Evening Auction: High Flying Continues with Iconic Warhol Self Portrait doubling its high estimate

The first such large Andy Warhol self portrait to come on to the market in ten years was consigned by fashion designer Tom Ford. It promptly doubled the high estimate with intensive competition from six bidders, finally selling for US $ 32.562 million.

By David Hulme & Brigitte Banziger on 11-May-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

American Flag Flies High at Christies - Jasper Johns' 'Flag' sells for record US $28.642 million

The contemporary art sales in New York started with a loud vote of  confidence in the market. 31 of the 79 lots came from the collection  of the late Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park fame. The most  spectacular result of the evening was his favourite piece, Jasper Johns' 'Flag', purchased directly from the artist over 30 years ago. It sold for US $ 28.642 million on estimates of 10 to 15 million US dollars. Four bidders vied for the privilege to wave the most expensive flag ever - victorious in just two minutes was a New York art dealer Michael Altman.


Picasso: Another Auction, Another Trophy

Whatever the state of the global economy, there’s always a ton of discretionary cash floating around looking for someplace to land. Tuesday night at Christie’s a chunk of it — $106.5 million to be exact — landed on a Picasso painting called “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust,” setting a record for art sold at auction.

Rupert Bunny painting found after 20 years

A painting by famed Australian artist Rupert Bunny has been recovered almost 20 years after it was reported stolen from a private collection in Victoria.

Sculptures by one of nation's great art exports languishing in obscurity

Clement Meadmore monumental public sculptures are displayed prominently in cities around the world yet, at the Art Gallery of NSW, the late Australian artist's work has been all but obliterated from public view.

Auctioneers Ready for Rebound

On Tuesday, the world's chief auction houses—Sotheby's, Christie's International and the smaller Phillips de Pury Co.—will kick off a two-week series of major sales that will test the art market's ability to rebound as quickly as the overall economy.

Gallipoli painting unearthed

A WILL Longstaff painting of Anzac soldiers once owned by author Arthur Conan Doyle has turned up in property developer Warren Anderson's collection of art, artefacts and furniture. The three-metre long painting, titled The Rearguard (The Spirit of Anzac), will go under the hammer during the Owston Collection two-day auction at Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal on June 25 and 26.
By , on 29-Apr-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Super Funds May Be Barred From Purchasing Artworks

Self-managed superannuation funds (SMSFs) may be barred from purchasing artworks entirely if the Federal government accepts a recommendation contained in the final preliminary report of the Cooper review.

By Jane Raffan on 28-Apr-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

None of that ‘Crusty Old Stuff’: Contemporary Art Supports a Solid Show at Deutscher & Hackett’s Fine Art Auction

Results for Deutscher & Hackett’s Fine Art Auction reveal breadth to the recovering market, and while the sale could not be characterized as buoyant, there were strong results achieved within an overall very good clearance of 71% by lot and 76% by value to gross just over $4 million hammer.

By David Hulme & Brigitte Banziger on 27-Apr-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Meeting Damien Hirst in Mexico City

Why is Damien Hirst opening a major show in Mexico City of all places? Well, buena suerte - good luck - is big in this country, and a chance meeting between one-time Mexican gallery owner Hilario Galguera and the world-famous artist at a social event led first to friendship and then to collaboration.

By , on 27-Apr-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Satellite Art Fair Announced for Melbourne Art Fair

An alternative artist’s fair called NotFair will make its debut in August to compete for the attention of collectors accustomed to the Melbourne Art Fair being the only game in town each two years.

By David Hulme & Brigitte Banziger on 25-Apr-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Down Mexico Way: Beyond Rivera, Kahlo and Co.

It is the biggest and most important contemporary art fair in its sphere of influence with over 90 international galleries, 900 represented artists and 30,000 visitors (and as such very comparable to the Melbourne Art Fair) – but you may never have heard of it. Zona Mexico Arte Contemporaneo (Zona Maco) in its 7th year showcased the thriving contemporary art and gallery scene not only in Mexico, but also Colombia, Peru and Brazil, with some excellent Spanish and US American art galleries thrown in. David Hulme and Brigitte Banziger spoke with long-established as well as new art galleries during the fair from 14 to 18 April.

By Sophie Ullin on 21-Apr-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Sotheby's Glamour Top End Fails To Deliver, While Middle Market Recovers Lost Ground

On first glance Sotheby’s failure to sell 70% of its 14 top lots may paint a disappointing picture. However, such a blanket reading would be a disservice to the machinations of the evening, and shortsighted.

By Peter Fish on 18-Apr-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Josef Lebovic Off To Kensington

After 25 years at his two-storey gallery premises on the corner of Paddington Street and Cascade Street, in Sydney’s Paddington, eminent specialist dealer in prints, posters and photographs Josef Lebovic is moving to Kensington. His new gallery, at 103A Anzac Parade, is a Georgian-style former bank dating from 1914 designed by the renowned William Hardy Wilson.


New Zealand Market starts the year on vigorous note

The New Zealand art market, which held up remarkably well in last year's recession, has started on a very strong note
By Jane Raffan on 14-Apr-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Museum Quality Work Dominates Top Tier at Deutscher & Hackett’s Important Fine Art Auction

Much like the long awaited autumnal break in the weather, Deutscher & Hackett’s April 28 Sydney sale feels like a breath of fresh air. To be sure, there are no headliner multi-million dollar pictures, but the sale boasts several major works by mid century icons with high calibre provenance that bolster a stimulating and solid mix of traditional, modernist and contemporary work. The contemporary component, in particular, is very strong, and at around 23% by volume sets the sale apart from its competitors in tenor and tone.

By Peter Fish on 12-Apr-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Bonhams Starts With A Bang - Sale of Warren Anderson's collection in Sydney

The big UK-based auctioneer Bonhams has shrugged off the abrupt termination of its partnership with Sydney-based auctioneer Tim Goodman at the end of last year, and is opening new premises in Sydney under the name Bonhams Australia. A permanent staff of 15 will be headed up by James Hendy of the former Bonhams & Goodman partnership.


Labor leaves arts sector crying poor

Joy at a change of government has turned to disillusionment at a perceived lack of support from the Rudd cabinet

Victorians let Sidney Nolan's Kelly cross border

Ned Kelly left a trail of destruction in Victoria when he absconded to NSW, so he might have recognised the consternation that has ensued after Melbourne's loss to Sydney of the most expensive Australian painting sold at auction, which bears the bushranger's image.
By Sophie Ullin on 08-Apr-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

The Stage Is Set for Sotheby Australia's First Sale

Sotheby’s first auction catalogue under its new owners bears the Geoffrey Smith curatorial touch, favouring a chronological approach and generous double page spreads in its presentation of 118 lots with a solid presale estimate of $8.2 - 11 million.

Supplied, 6 April 2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Copyright Agency Limited Appointed as Collecting Society For Resale Royalty Scheme

The Federal Arts Minister Peter Garrett today announced that Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) as the successful tenderer to act as the collecting society to implement and administer the resale royalty scheme for visual artists.

By Adrian Newstead on 25-Mar-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

D + H Aboriginal Sale Achieves Solid Result Despite Conservative Mood

With only 75% of the 140 seats occupied at the start, and 54 lots sold of the first 100, the mood could best be described as tepid. Yet with 14 of 243, or 6%,of the Aboriginal lots selling above their high presale estimates there was reason for D + H to be encouraged.  In all 150 items, or 54%, were conspicuously sold by the auctioneer during the evening, though this rose to 59% by lot and 61% by value, following brokered agreements between vendors and buyers on the night. The result was a sales total of $1,577,616, inclusive of buyer’s premium.

By Helen McKenzie on 25-Mar-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Nolan’s Ned Hits The Highest Mark

Menzies Art Brands last night sold Sidney Nolan’s 1946 work First-Class Marksman (Lot 51) for a record breaking $4.5m. It took just nine bids for the hammer to fall to an undisclosed phone bidder. There was an air of confident selling, in the room with all but one of the preceding 50 lots selling, warming the expectant crowd for a big sale for the headlining Nolan work.


No more "artistic merit" defense for child pornography in New South Wales

Changes to the criminal law rely on police and the courts to consult with arts experts before deciding whether material is art or child abuse

Not in my name - artists want fakes destroyed

WHEN prominent Australian artist Robert Dickerson was first shown a copy of Pensive Woman, which was being sold under his name, his reaction was one of disgust. "I felt a little bit sick," he told the Victorian Supreme Court yesterday.
By Ainslie Gatt on 23-Mar-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Elizabeth Durack features again at first Perth art auction for 2010

Western Australia’s  2010 art auctions commence with the first round at McKenzie's Auctioneers, Claremont at 11am Sunday 28 March, with 400 lots of fine & decorative arts, jewellery and furniture, including 198 lots of art.  The sale has  low estimate  total of $155,675.


Art war erupts over provenance of Jeffrey Smart painting

ART auctioneer Rod Menzies is at the centre of another provenance row after his company failed to identify a previous owner of a Jeffrey Smart painting due for auction next week.

Art dealer Rod Menzies `pleased' probe is dropped

THE competition regulator has dropped its investigation into heavyweight auctioneer Rod Menzies following concerns from rivals about transparency in the multi-million-dollar art market.

Big-spending porn king's $2m marital spat

He liked to splurge on fast cars, rare coins, bloodstock, and gambling. She liked to buy expensive art with the cash he'd give her. But Mimi Ange, estranged wife of Sydney porn-shop king Con Ange, showed an equally perilous gambling streak last year when she consigned $2 million worth of art for sale at Melbourne auction house Bonhams and Goodman.
By , on 16-Mar-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Commencement of Commercial Code of Conduct for Indigenous Art

The appointment of the inaugural Code Administration Committee last week signalled the formal commencement of the Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct. Registration is now open for any persons or entities operating in the Indigenous art industry to become a signatory. Note that the term "dealer" is defined in the Code as anyone who buys artwork for the purpose of re-supply by means of sale, consignment or other distribution.

By Adrian Newstead on 12-Mar-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Solid Start for D + H Aboriginal Art

As the first cab off the rank for 2010, all eyes will be on the Deutscher and Hackett Important Aboriginal and Oceanic auction on the 24th March. The sale offers no less than 279 individual lots worth $2.159 million* and is set to be the most valuable barometer of the market for Aboriginal art at the beginning of the current decade.


Hammer Poised for Ned Kelly

THE first round of art auctions for the year is poised to begin in typically competitive style. Auction house owner Rod Menzies has leapt bullishly into the new season, touting a prized Ned Kelly canvas by Sidney Nolan which he estimates will sell for $3 million to $5m at Menzies Art Brands on March 25.

Sotheby's enters the gallery business

VENERABLE auction house Sotheby's Australia has entered the primary art market with the sale of 54 artworks by Albert Tucker, most of which have not previously been offered for sale. Sotheby's has turned its showroom in Woollahra, in Sydney's east, over to the paintings, which are owned by the late artist's estate. Many have been painted on paper and are quite small. Some are recently framed and in pristine condition after being kept in drawers since they were created.

Gallery 'delighted' Hotere auction can go ahead

The art gallery which planned to auction 60 works by iconic Dunedin artist Ralph Hotere is "delighted" some of the works will go on sale after a dispute between the artist and vendor was settled last month. The planned auction at Auckland's Art + Object gallery was cancelled just before it was to take place in September last year, after Hotere took a court case against vendor Annette Asher, formerly Ferguson.

The Old Masters Come Roaring Back

In this small Dutch town near the Belgian border, a space the size of five football fields brims this week with $4 billion worth of art. There's a $15 million Botticelli, "Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John," hanging on one wall, and a $7.5 million Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington on another. Art dealers are competing to set up the most opulent booths. The European Fine Art Fair, or Tefaf, opening Friday, is the sale of the season.
By Helen McKenzie on 06-Mar-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Menzies Sale Should Hit the Mark

There has been an appropriate amount of hoopla over the auction listing of Sidney Nolan's First-class Marksman (Lot 51) by Menzies Art Brands for their Sydney sale on March 25. The painting, which has an estimate of $3-5million, has a pedigree that speaks royalty in the Australian art realm.


What makes TEFAF so special?

While many traditional art and antique fairs have languished in the past few years, one event sails serenely along, largely defying the recession: The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF), held in Maastricht next month – March 12-21 – has been highly successful in maintaining its status and position as the number one classic art fair in the world.

Sydney Nolan painting of Ned Kelly expected to set Australian record at auction

AFTER years in private hands, the painting known as "the missing Nolan" is to go on sale next month when it is likely to establish a record for an Australian painting of up to $5 million.
Supplied, 23 February 2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Plenty of Polish in Philips First Melbourne 2010 Sale

Two unusual paintings by Polish migrant the late Joseph Ostoja-Kotkowski should grab centre of attention at Philips Auctions first sale of the year from noon Sunday at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

By Peter Fish on 23-Feb-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Theodore Bruce Auctions Goes It Alone

After a five year association with Sydney-based auctioneer Tim Goodman, the venerable Adelaide firm of Theodore Bruce is going it alone. And it is kicking off its first year of independence with a cut to 15 per cent in the buyer’s premium it charges (compared with the 20 per cent common at big city auctions), plus the sale on March 14 of works from the legendary Strehlow collection - including a number of works by Albert Namatjira and other artists from the historic Hermannsburg Mission in Central Australia, where Carl Strehlow ministered in the 1890s.

Supplied, 18 February 2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Aingers Auctions Stays with Successful House Sale Format for Sale of Holst Collection

E. J. Ainger of Melbourne are hoping to repeat the success of their last house sale with the auction of the effects of Jill Holst, and several other estates on Sunday February 28. On September 6, 2009 Ainger's very successfully sold the Estate of Marjorie May Kingston in South Yarra.


Sale of Hotere works uncertain

The art gallery that planned to sell a number of Ralph Hotere artworks last year is still hoping the sale will go ahead after a dispute between the artist and vendor was settled last week.
By Terry Ingram on 11-Feb-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Torrential Rain Fails to Deter Buyers at Davidsons 'Australiana' sale

About 60 people braved the continuous torrential rain to attend the Australiana auction held by Davidson Auctions in its rooms at Annandale on February 6, our Sydney correspondent writes. The crowd was only a tad under the numbers that the company usually associated with a print sale, Colin Chestnut of Davidson said.


New Zealand Sales: Roll up, roll up for memories of the Birdcage

For those looking for the odd, the cranky, the quirky, then the start of this year's auction season is just the thing. Cordy's antique and art sale, in two sessions next Tuesday, has a splendidly eclectic offering including a William Seuffert card table, a 1914-15 All Black's cap, two samples of the Martin brothers' bizarre pottery and a raft of Royal Doulton, much of it rare.

Porn king tops victims list in alleged artworks scam

PORN shop owner Con Ange is among 85 people allegedly defrauded in Australia's largest art scam. Mr Ange and his wife Mimi head the list in court documents of those seeking the return of money or paintings from an artworks investment scheme set up by Sydney fine arts dealer Ron Coles

Art dealer remembered for integrity and passion

EVEN as she was battling cancer, the art dealer Eva Breuer worked tirelessly in her eponymous Sydney gallery. When she was too sick to be there, she would call constantly on the phone, arranging exhibitions and discussing deals.

Picasso Portrait Sells for 8.1 Million Pounds [at Christie's London] on Russian Demand

A Pablo Picasso portrait fetched 8.1 million pounds ($12.9 million), twice the presale top estimate, at an auction in London last night as telephone bidding from Russian buyers boosted the market for 20th-century European art.

Sotheby's [London] Sells Giacometti for $104.3 Million

Alberto Giacometti's 1960 sculpture of a spindly man, "Walking Man I," sold for £65 million ($104.3 million) in a Sotheby's auction, shattering the record price for a work of art at auction and signaling a potential resurgence in the art market.

Chinese Loom as Art-Sale Players

Markets around the world are looking to China to buoy their financial prospects. So are art auction houses

Christie’s Sees Art-Market Recovery After 24% Decline in Sales

Christie’s International said that it is confident of the art market recovering after sales declined 24 percent in 2009, a “demanding year.”

The art of the deal

Rod Menzies is offering tips on how to buy art - or, rather, how not to. "Let me put it to you this way," the self-made millionaire says, as he launches into an explanatory anecdote....

Straight-talking, ingenious art dealer

In his work as an art dealer over four decades, Robert Webeck was known for his honesty but perhaps will be more remembered for creating extraordinary vehicles to carry his goods.

Moulded by nature all around

PETER Blizzard, who played a significant role in the development of contemporary Australian sculpture, has died of cancer at Gandarra Hospice in Ballarat. He was 69.
By , on 17-Jan-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Resale Royalties To Commence No Later Than 9 June 2010

The Resale Royalty for Visual Artists Act 2009, which was passed by the Federal Senate in late November, received Royal Assent on 9 December 2009.  Hence, resale royalties will commence on a day to be fixed by Proclamation but no later than 9 June 2010, as set out in Section 2 of the Act.

By Terry Ingram on 17-Jan-2010 Exclusive to the AASD

Sotheby's Australia In World Wide Hunt For New CEO

Melbourne laywer Gary Singer has been commissioned to lead the hunt for a new CEO of the Goodmans/Sotheby's auction operation. But executive chairman Tim Goodman, his trophy Sotheby's secure, is still calling the shots, writes AASD's special correspondent.


“fake”, “genuine” and “authentic Aboriginal art” all have their day out in Court

A recent decision by the Federal Court has exposed the conduct of one company in the “authentic Aboriginal art” industry that supplies much of the material sold to the tourist and souvenir market in Australia as having engaged in unlawful conduct.