Internet bidders were out in force at Deutscher and Hackett’s Sydney sale of ‘Important Australian and International Fine Art’ in Sydney on 4 May 2022, but it took a battle between the telephones and a room bidder to secure Hawkes Bay Landscape c1955 (lot 10), a mannered painting of a road and a long white cloud by New Zealand modernist painter Rita Angus. In dramatic fashion it sold for a remarkable record $675,000 at the fall of the hammer, eclipsing her previous hammer price of A$540,000 set for a similar Hawkes Bay landscape at Art + Object’s Wellington sale in 2018. Dramatic, because the reserve seemed to this writer to be high, and perhaps prohibitive for eliciting starting bids. However, bidding opened in the room at $400,000, well above the $350,000 lower estimate and rapidly escalated from there. But, Hawkes Bay Landscape is an icon of Angus’s period style, remaining hidden in private hands from the curatorial analysis of some 600 known works at the time of her death in 1970, and as Damian Hackett pointed out at the Melbourne viewing, a work of this calibre ‘is as scarce as hen’s teeth’.