Brigitte’s Best from Bonhams

Bonhams’ auction of Important Australian art on Monday, 25 November in Sydney  features both non-aboriginal and aboriginal art and artefacts, providing an offering ranging from the very contemporary to the very traditional, all in just 118 lots.

Let us know if you are interested in any of the works and would like due diligence and pre-purchase reports – happy to assist you. 

Not Dave’s Faves, but Brigitte’s Best from Bonhams presents the favourites:

Ethel Spowers

Lot 2, Ethel Spowers

Lot 2 – Ethel Spowers, Children’s Hoops, 1936, est. $20,000-30,000. Playful, joyful, delightful

Lot 9 – Herbert Badham, On the Roof, 1928, est. $100,000-150,000. Women on top of the world

Lot 14 – Albert Namatjira, Indoona, c.1939, est. $25,000-35,000. One of only three profile portraits by the artist, a must-have for the Namatjira collector

Lot 26 – Charles Blackman, The Dancer, c.1965, est. $60,000-90,000. A penny for her thoughts


Lot 32 – Luke Cornish, Father Bob Maguire, 2012, est. $20,000-30,000. ‘In Bob we trust’ at the movies now.

Lot 33 – Trevor Nickolls, Family in Blue Holden, 1998, est. $15,000-25,000. First cars are like first loves – you never forget them

Lot 42 – Emily Kam Kngawarray, Untitled, 1993, est. $30,000-50,000. Excellent painting with excellent provenance

Lot 44 – Ben Quilty, Red XB II, 2006, est. $30,000-50,000. Toranas or Falcons, Ben loves iconic cars

Lot 49 – Joan Ross, Colonial Bounty, 2005, $1,500-2,500. This Ross bag is so much more meaningful than the Kelly or the Birkin

Lot 50 – Hossein Valamanesh, Nesting. 2005, est. $4,000-6,000. Upside down down under

Lot 53 – Julie Rrap, Camouflage # 4 (Eiko), 2000, est. $3,500-5,500. Another intriguing, challenging work from the Verghis Collection

Lot 57 – Shaun Gladwell, Self-Portrait Spinning (Invalides) and (Bastille), 2002, est. $2,000-4,000. Spin-off

Lot 79 – Hans Heysen, Still Life, 1930, est. $10,000-15,000. Opulent, magnificent

The Sydney viewing is  from 22 November to 25 November at Byron Kennedy Hall at the Entertainment Quarter. The auction is held on Monday, 25 November.

You can also visit Bonhams online to see images.

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Brigitte Banziger

Hello, my name is Brigitte Banziger and I am an art consultant and manager at Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants, Australia's art valuation and art advice experts. We offer comprehensive art valuation and art brokerage services (selling and buying art on behalf of clients). Our art services cover everything from valuations, art care and restoration, to general advice such as helping define the goals for your art collection and work out the best strategy on how to achieve those goals, including where, how and when to buy or sell.

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