Dave’s Faves for the Menzies Art Auction on 31 Oct. 2013

Art auction season is upon us once more, and over the next few weeks, David will take his own look over the best art available in the Australian auction room.

He will give you his slightly irreverent views in ‘Dave’s Faves’ where he pick out his own personal likes when a glossy and freshly printed catalogue arrives at this doorstep.

As ever, we are ready to give you our unbiased, independent and arm’s length advice on all art on offer, checking quality, pricing, condition and framing, and provide comprehensive due diligence on any works that you are interested in. Of course, we are also happy to be in the room bidding for you.

Menzies Australian and International Fine Art & Sculpture is on view in Sydney from 17 to 20 October at 12 Todman Avenue.

Viewing in Melbourne is from 24 – 30 October at Stonington Mansion, 336 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

The auction is held on Thursday, 31 October, at Menzies Gallery, 1 Darling Street, South Yarra.

Brett Whiteley Armchair

Lot 42 – Brett Whiteley, My Armchair 1976, est. $3,000,000-4,000,000

So here are the first Dave’s Faves of the art auction season – good hunting!

Lot 10 – Thea Proctor, Spring c.1916, est. $10,000-15,000. Thea captures her subjects beautifully.

Lot 11 – Charles Conder, In the Glade 1905, est. $35,000-45,000. Feline Fantasy

Lot 15 – Ginger Riley Munduwalawala, Karrimala 1992, est. $7,500-9,000. Enter the Dragon

Lot 25 – Rick Amor, The Runner 1993, est. $5,500-7,500. Reminds me of that wonderful British painting ‘The Skating Minister’ by Henry Raeburn, c1782

Lot 33 – Charles Blackman, Schoolgirl and Billboards 1954, est. $100,000-140,000. Blackman continues to struggle at auction this year. This however is a little gem.

Lot 35 – Ethel Spowers, Merchants, Port Said 1932, est. $30,000-36,000. All Power to Spowers

Lot 36 – Arthur Boyd, Figures and Tent 1974-76, est. $60,000-80,000. A cracker on copper

Lot 40 – Fred Williams, Saplings, Poets Lane II 1959, est. $55,000-70,000. Be prepared to pay a lot more than the estimate

Lot 42 – Brett Whiteley, My Armchair 1976, est. $3,000,000-4,000,000. Highest recorded price for Whiteley $3.48 million at the height of the market in 2007. All eyes will be on this painting

Lot 45 – Brett Whiteley, Towards Sculpture 1977, est. $90,000-120,000. A fantastic opportunity to acquire a complete set of 8 highly desirable Whiteley lithographs from 1977

Lot 56 – Norman Lindsay, Mantilla 1941, est. $90,000-120,000. Magical Mantilla

Lot 58 – John Skinner Prout, Diggers on the Road to a Rush, est. $20,000-25,000. HIstory in the Making

Lot 85 – John Olsen, Frogs 2001, est. $14,000-18,000. Frogmarch

Lot 98 – S.T. Gill, On River Broughton, South Australia 1850, est. $6,000-9,000. The Sublime in Sepia

Lot 102 – Sali Herman, Street Scene, Sydney 1949, est. $12,000-16,000. Sali’s street is hard to beat

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Written by

David Hulme

David Hulme is an approved valuer for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts program and a member of the Art Consulting Association of Australia. David Hulme is also managing director at Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants, which is a highly respected art consultancy in Australia and has been in operation for over ten years. David also regularly comments on the Australian and international art market on national radio and in numerous local and national newspapers.

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