Dave’s Faves from the Bay East Art & Book auction

The upcoming Bay East art and book sale looks set to be again full of gems at good prices.  What many people do not know is that Bay East is actually part of Sotheby’s. So it’s a great source for paintings, drawings and prints which often sell for under $ 1,000 at their second tier auction rooms at Double Bay.

Provenance documentation however aspires to first tier standard. Anne Phillips, Bay East’s Head of Art, tells me that they follow it up as much as they can – which is evident when checking out the catalogue. Many works in the low hundreds of dollars have excellent provenance to back them up.

Included in the 348 lots are a considerable number of art books from the art library of the Late Peter Wood AO of Toowoomba. There are a good number of Australian art books in each lot, and very reasonably priced at $ 300 to $ 500 for each of the many lots.

Viewing is on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 September from 10 am to 5pm, and on the auction day Sunday 25 September from 10am.

Email us your comments, questions, and contact us for professional advice and if you would like help with bidding on one or more of the works. Phone 02 9977 7764 or email. Happy to assist.

And here are Dave’s Faves:

Lot 4 – James Gleeson – Mardi Gras Anyone? – estimate $ 2,500 – 3,500
Lot 38 – Sidney Nolan – Powerful, flowerful – est. $ 5,000 – 8,000
Lot 51 – Garrett Kingsley – Finalist in the Archibald 1945 – est. $ 1,200 – 1,800
Lot 58 – William Dobell – Dancing the night away – est. $ 6,000 – 8,000
Lot 68 – Margaret Olley – Still working her magic – est. $ 30,000 – 50,000
Lot 71 – Lionel Lindsay – Impressionist work for nix – est. $ 3,000 – 5,000
Lot 110 – Dora Meeson – Renovator’s delight, est. $ 300 – 500
Lot 170 – Sam Fullbrook – A bird in hand – est. $ 10,000 – 15,000
Lot 175 – 19th century Australian school – I don’t care who painted it, it’s simply divine – est. $ 4,000 – 6,000
Lot 224 – Russell Drysdale – Original Drysdale works don’t come at much better value than this one – est. $ 2,200 – 2,800

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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