Dave’s Faves from the Deutscher + Hackett Auction on 30 November 2011

Deutscher and Hackett have put together an exceptional end of year sale with 161 lots. No million dollar estimates here, but if a painting deserved to get close, it would be John Brack’s portrait of art dealer Tam Purves from 1958.

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Portraits can often be just that. This work transcends any notion of just being a portrait.

It is a truly magnificent painting by the artist at the peak of his creative talent.

Masterful and a masterpiece. This painting deserves to do exceptionally well.

And here is the rundown on some of David’s favourite pics:


Lot 8 – John Brack, Portrait of Tam Purves, 1958. Est. $ 400,000-600,000. Art dealt beautifully
Lot 9 – Fred Williams, Pond, Listerfield, 1966. Est. $ 240,000-300,000. Retrospective has us wanting more
Lot 22 – Peter Booth, Painting (Head with Cloth Wra), 2002. Est. $ 35,000-45,000. Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Powerful Paintings
Lot 26 – Tim Maguire, Untitled 20031204, 2003/04. Est. $70,000-90,000. One of his berry best
Lot 29 – William Buelow Gould, Still life with Flowers and Fruit, c. 1851 Est. $45,000-55,000. Far from a still life
Lot 33 – Fred Williams, Australian Landscape, c. 1969-70. Est. $30,000-40,000. Retrospective also has us wanting less
Lot 34 – John Brack, Portrait of Fred Williams, 1979. Est $40,000-50,000. Perfect portrait
Lot 42 – Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, 1975. Est. $35,000-45,000. You can’t always get what you want
Lot 54 – Kate O’Connor, Nurse with baby in Luxembourg Gardens, c. 1911. Est. $12,000-18,000. Brushstroke Bliss
Lot 56 – Margaret Olley, Spring Flowers in Blue and Red Vases, 1947. Est. $20,000-25,000. Good Golly, an early Olley.
Lot 62 – Elaine Haxton, Paddlers, 1959. Est. $ 10,000-15,000. Haxton is back
Lot 64 – Donald Friend, Hill End, 1948. Est. $ 8,000-12,000. Inspiration for generations
Lot 73 – Walter Withers, Eltham Road, 1913. Est. $8,000-12,000. A road less travelled
Lot 93 – Max Dupain, Moira in mirror, 1951. Est. $ 4,000-6,000. Max for Nix
Lot 96 – Ben Quilty, Untitled, 2001, ‘Paris’ series. Est. $ 4,500-6,000. Untypical work, untypical price
Lot 102 – Bern Emmerichs, All Abroad, 2008. Est. $4,000-6,000. Beautiful boat people
Lot 111 – Ricky Swallow, As I come back, 2002. Est. $ 2,000-3,000. Skullicious
Lot 119 – Anne Noble, Ruby’s Room #23, 1998-2004. Hair lip?
Lot 123 – Deborah Paauwe, Crimson Autograph, 2002. Est. $2,000-3,000. Sign here please
Lot 149 – John Brack, On the Rings, 1976. Est. $8,000-12,000. Very rare, time to snare

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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