John Coburn (1928 – 2006)

Opera House, 1984, 76 x 91 cm

BACKGROUND:

Famous not only as one of Australia’s leading mid to late 20th century abstract artists, John Coburn is also renowned for creating the Sydney Opera House tapestry curtains. He did also create a unique painting of the Opera House itself in 1984.

VALUATION & OUTCOME:

This stunning painting with his abstract forms portraying the famous sails under a typical Sydney blue sky carried estimates of $25,000-$35,000. It sold for double that for $50,000 incl. buyer’s premium, making for a very happy seller and happy buyer alike.

Case studies

Case Study : Brokerage

Charles Frederick Goldie (1870 – 1947)

BACKGROUND: These portraits of Maori chiefs and elders by New Zealand artist Charles F. Goldie are highly sought after. The highest price ever paid for a painting by Goldie was achieved in April 2016, when “A Noble Relic of a Noble Race” sold for NZ$ 1.4 million incl. buyer’s premium.

Case Study : Brokerage

Rah Fizelle (1891- 1964)

BACKGROUND We acted for the family of the artist in the sale of this previously unknown portrait of an elegant self-assured woman.  VALUATION & OUTCOME The painting carried a pre-sale estimate of $45,000 to $ 65,000. However, this beautiful typical work of the modernist artist sold for more than double

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