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THE BANZIGER HULME STORY – EXPERT ART VALUERS AND CONSULTANTS

Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants was founded by David Hulme and Brigitte Banziger in 2003. Today, our company is one of the most respected art consultancies in Australia, specialising in high quality art valuations and tailor-made down-to-earth advice, based on solid analysis and deep knowledge of the Australian and international art market.

We value Australian and international artworks on a daily basis for private, company and public collections. We are equally used to assessing the best-known names in art as well as researching and valuing the works of lesser-known artists.

We provide both replacement and market values, as the valuations are needed for a variety of reasons, for example insurance purposes, valuation for probate and deceased estates, family division, superannuation or disposal of works.

20+

Years' Experience

3000+

Art Valuations

1500+

Happy Customers

300+

Art Auctions attended

We value artworks in all media, that is oil paintings, works on paper, prints, photographs and sculpture. When appraising art, we research and analyse comparable works in order to put our assessment of an artwork into perspective and provide completely transparent valuations for our clients. Relevant circumstances of a work, such as condition and provenance, are given the attention they require.

Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants are not art dealers nor do they run an art gallery. We act solely as valuers, consultants and agents for our clients in the case of the valuation, sale or purchase of art, and can therefore provide arm’s length unbiased advice.
We attend all major fine art auctions in Sydney and Melbourne. This direct exposure provides us with first-hand experience of the development of market values of Australian art in all its diversity. Equally, we follow closely the trends in the international art market.

This enables us to help our collector clients build museum quality art collections, and we represent some of the biggest private collectors of art in Australia. These collections have been assembled over ten to fifteen years. However, in our experience, buying museum quality art does not require unlimited funds, but relies much more on strategic acquisition from the right sources. Today, numerous artworks from the collections of our clients (and our own) have been included in important exhibitions in major public art galleries in Australia and overseas.

VALUATIONS BY BH FINE ART OF MAJOR ART COLLECTIONS

BANZIGER HULME FINE ART CONSULTANTS

David Hulme - Art Appraisals And Valuations

David Hulme was educated at King William’s College Private School in the Isle of Man. He has worked in the Australian art industry since 2001, both in art galleries and as a valuer and art consultant in his own business, valuing Australian and international art and advising on buying and selling art. 

“We have made some incredible art finds for our clients, and in some instances, this has changed their lives. Equally, a constant source of joy is helping our collector clients build some of Australia’s most significant private art collections”.

David Hulme has been is an approved valuer for the Australian Governments Cultural Gifts Program since 2007, and he is a registered valuer with the Art Consulting Association of Australia (ACAA). 

ACAA registered valuers are the leading group of independent, experienced, specialist fine art valuers in Australia. Valuers registered with the ACAA need to meet the strictest criteria for any valuers’ council or industry group in Australia.  All ACAA registered valuers must be Approved Valuers under the Australian Government’s Cultural Gift Program. 

brigitte - Art Insurance Valuation

Brigitte Banziger holds an MA in Latin, philosophy and literary criticism from the University of Zurich. She has worked as public relations manager for SUISA, the Swiss Copyright Society for music, the media office of the University of Zurich and other public relations manager roles in Switzerland and Australia. Since 2003, she has been director and business manager of Banziger Hulme Fine Art.

“I consider myself very lucky to be involved in such an interesting and challenging field, and every day brings new and fascinating art into our inbox. It is a delight to be able to assist so many clients with up-to-date valuations as well as independent advice on the art that they are buying or selling.

We are art collectors ourselves and so have also a deep understanding of the collection journey that we are privileged to share with the private collectors that we represent.”

Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants are members of the Art Consulting Association of Australia. David Hulme served as President from 2015 to 2019, and Brigitte Banziger was an ACAA executive committee member from 2015 to 2019.

Art commentators and writers

David Hulme’s opinion has been featured in:

David Hulme and Brigitte Banziger are writers and contributors to the Australian Art Sales Digest. David Hulme is a regular art market critic and commentator on the Australian art market has been quoted regularly in The Australian Financial Review, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC TV and ABC Radio and many more.

Here are some of the radio interviews and his comments in the media on various art market topics.

Expert Opinion in the Print Media