Dave’s Faves for the Bonhams auction on 22 April 2021

If you missed out on a major work by Ben Quilty, as in the sale of a budgie at Menzies for a record $270,000, all is not lost.

The chance to own one of his classic car series of paintings looms at Bonhams on Thursday evening: “Hill End Landscape #1”, 2005, is offered with what now appear to be very conservative estimates of $60,000-90,000.

There are some wonderful examples of John Olsen’s work and a very important painting by Margaret Preston (the cover lot 43, Australian Native Flowers), Eric Wilson, Sidney Nolan and Eric Thake in the 159 lots on offer.

Among a great selection of Aboriginal works, including a large collection of bark paintings, there is a major work by Ginger Riley on offer, measuring a massive 195 x 395 cm and estimated at $100,000-150,000 (lot 20).

For smaller homes and budgets , Trevor Nickolls’ “Frog Corroboree” (lot 68) might just be the ticket: the small work of 25 x 20 cm comes with estimates of just $800-1,200 and has wonderful wall power for a fraction of the price.

The artworks are on view at 36-40 Queen Street, Woollahra, upstairs, until Tuesday, 20 April, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Go and see the artworks in person if you can, as this is the last of the major fine art auction for this season and concludes the auction trifecta next week.

The auction is held on Thursday, 22 April 2021, also at 36-40 Queen Street, Woollahra.

Online viewing is at the Bonhams website.

We will be attending the auction on the night and would be pleased to assist you with pre-purchase advice and bidding on the night. Contact us via email info@bhfineart.com or ring David on 0466 313 095.

And Dave’s Faves for the Bonhams sale are:

Lot 2 – Ben Quilty, Hill End Landscape #1, 2005, oil, 110 x 140 cm, est. $60,000-90,000. Massive Increase in Second Hand Car Values
Lot 6 – Bill Henson, Untitled, 1992-93, type C photograph, 107 x 163 cm, est. $15,000-25,000. Makes me feel like moving to the Blue Mountains
Lot 11 – Richard Dunlop, Climber #1 and Climber #2, 2003, oil, 20 x 180 cm each, est. $6,000-9,000. You’ll never tyre of this one
Lot 13 – Sally Gabori, Dibirdibi Country, 2007, synthetic polymer paint, est. $10,000-15,000. Long Tall Sally
Lot 22 – Brett Whiteley, The Cat, 1980, offset lithograph 55/100, 85 x 81 cm, est. $12,000-18,000. Cat-ch me if you can
Lot 25 – John Olsen, Kenya, mixed media on paper, 80 x 80 cm, est. $35,000-45,000. “G” yourself up
Lot 29 – Arthur Boyd, Plum Tree in Blossom with White House, c1939, oil, 43 x 49 cm, est. $15,000-20,000. Ripe for the Picking
Lot 32 – Bertram MacKennal, Salome, c1895, bronze, height 33cm incl base, est. $18,000-25,000. Swipe Right
Lot 37 – John Peter Russell, View of Sydney Harbour, c1926, pencil and gouache, est. $4,000-6,000. All Things Bright and Beautiful
Lot 33 – Hans Heysen, Goats Grazing on the Foreshore at Mosman, 1908, pastel and watercolour, 35 x 44 cm, est. $40,000-60,000. The Trouts once owned these Goats
Lot 40 – Eric Wilson, Paris, 1940s, oil, 50 x 40 cm, est. $18,000-25,000. Hello Sailor
Lot 70 – Sylvia Ken, Seven Sisters, 2016, synthetic polymer paint, 199 x 152.5 cm, est. $7,000-10,000. Heavenly Magic
Lot 90 – Tony Tuckson, Untitled (Red and Black), c1965, synthetic polymer paint on newspaper, 31 x 19 cm, $2,000-4,000. Red This, Read This