Summer – Season for Selling and Buying Art

The spring round of fine art auctions has just finished – and it has indeed been very successful overall, with many Australian artists’ records broken, new records set for turnovers and many great works on the market for all budgets. (Yes, you can still buy lovely artworks for under $ 1000 at auction – as usual, only the big sums make the newspaper headlines…)

We are proud to report that we achieved almost a 100 % clearance rate on the works that we consigned for our clients in the fine art sales – usually, 70% is respectable . By the way, the 4 John Peter Russell watercolours all sold well on Saturday.

Using a knowledgeable broker in selling art has even more advantages: better market information and more options, no time-consuming arrangements for pick-up, drop-off and paperwork, no up-front fees on consigning works (for example for photography, insurance or handling), and discretion with regards to the auction house, if required.

The next auctions are now being announced for November, with consignments closing in the next two to three weeks – see Art Events for the next obligation-free appraisal day.

You’ll find what other clients think of our assistance in the Testimonials   and you can read about previous projects in Case histories.

Contact us, if you would like an honest, independent and confidential opinion on the sale potential of your art without any obligations. We are delighted to give appraisals on all artworks and take a very lateral view when it comes to sales – and quite often we advise our clients not to sell if we believe returns may be disappointing or the timing is not right. As you know, we will always try and give you our best and most suitable advice.

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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