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Dave’s Faves for Menzies Auction on 10 August 2017

Art collectors are driven by passion, not just for the art, but the history of art, the artist and their contemporaries, and endless connections between them. In this regard, public art galleries and private collectors have much in common, and private collectors may go on to donate some or all of their own collection to a public museum, or even build their own art gallery....
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Elton John-owned canvas beats estimate

writes Peter Fish in the “Australian Financial Review” on 15 June 2017. The enormous Emily Kngwarreye canvas bought by singer Elton John 20 years ago for $46,000 sold for $414,800, almost double its estimate at Bonhams sale on Tuesday last week. Measuring 1.34m by 3.70m, it is among a handful of super-size Kngwarreye paintings to come on the auction market since Earth’s Creation, 6.32m by 3.75m, sold for her...
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Elton John auctions his Emily Kame Kngwarreye painting My Country

writes Michaela Boland in The Australian on 12 June 2017. Elton John’s Emily Kame Kngwarreye landscape sold at auction for almost half a million dollars last week, ten times what the piano man bought it for two decades ago and double what Bonhams auction house expected as the bluechip art market continues its bull run. John and his husband David Furnish have been rationalising their...
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Dave’s Dupain Faves for the Mossgreen Sale on 19 June

I don’t know how long I have raved about Max Dupain (1911 – 1992) … too long perhaps, but to me, Dupain was not just the photographer who created Australia’s most iconic photograph, the “Sunbaker”, but he was also the first true art photographer. Dupain had fine art training and was ever the great experimenter with his practice. The estate sale of over 600 photographs...
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Bonhams Art Auction 6 June 2017

Bonhams offer 68 lots in their 6 June 2017 Sydney auction, mixing the very traditional of Aboriginal artefacts with the Australian modern greats like Roy de Maistre, Charles Blackman and Sidney Nolan and the very contemporary sculpture of Clement Meadmore. You can view all offerings in Sydney at the NCJWA Hall at 111 Queen Street, Woollahra, from Friday, 2 June to Monday, 5 June, and...
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Dave’s Faves for the Menzies Art Auction on 11 May 2017

Where do you find museum quality art? And does it need to be “museum quality”? The simple answer is, it doesn’t. But most art bought through commercial galleries is simply decorative and will never be worth any more than its decorative value, which often equates to perhaps 20% of its retail price. Museum quality art in Australia can be purchased for $5,000 or $500,000, if...
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Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett Art Auction 10 May 2017

In their autumn auction on 10 May in Sydney, Deutscher + Hackett offer their signature broad mix of 132 artworks – ranging from the rare early Australian colonial (August Earle lot 69), to international greats such as Edvard Munch (lot 114), taking in edgy contemporary works such as lot 23 by Paul McCarthy, and Aboriginal masters like Emily Kame Kngwarreye (lot 79). The sale features...
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Dave’s Faves for Sotheby’s auction 3 May 2017

Sotheby’s present a terrific offering in two parts in Sydney on 3 May: the David Newby collection of Australian art with 30 lots, and the mixed vendor sale comprising lots 31 to 108. The catalogue essay traces David Newby’s collecting which started in the early 1980s, with important purchases from renowned Paddington art dealer Barry Stern, for example Albert Tucker, Ray Crooke and Jeffrey Smart....
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Dave’ Faves for Deutscher + Hackett 5 April 2017

Provenance, Provenance, Provenance In this third and presumably final sale of art from the Laverty Collection at Deutscher + Hackett on Wednesday 5th April in Sydney, more than 150 artworks are on offer. In our view, it is more important than ever when purchasing Aboriginal art in particular, to buy from a highly reputable source. With property, one of the most important factors is “location,...
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Dave’s Faves Menzies Auction 9 Feb. 2017

2017 starts early and well for art auction aficionados, as Menzies hold the first fine art sale of the year already next week in Melbourne. The auction date is set for Thursday, 9 February, and the viewing in Melbourne is from 2 to 8 February at Stonington Mansion, 336 Glenferrie Road, Malvern. We’ll be attending the auction and would be delighted to assist you with...
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