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This is where you’ll find older information from our other webpages, but which we still would like to have available for you.

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Tom Roberts coin donated to Prime Minister’s office goes missing

By Marion Ives, ABC News, 11 April 2016 The disappearance of a valuable artefact that belonged to one of Australia’s most prominent artists, Tom Roberts, is now before the Australian Federal Police. Donated to the Prime Minister’s office for inclusion in a public collection, the coin was allegedly handed to a prime ministerial adviser at the official opening of the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA)...
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Art Valuations – Get Professional Advice

Maybe you are familiar with art valuations, or perhaps this is an unknown area for you. Perhaps you and your siblings have inherited some paintings or you have been buying paintings and would like to insure them. Maybe you need to dispose of artworks for various reasons but don’t know where to start. You have come to the right place. We at Banziger Hulme Fine...
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Expert Art Appraisal and Expert Advice on Selling Art, Buying Art

Welcome to Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants. Are you looking for an art appraiser to a value your art? Are you looking to sell artworks that own?  Or do you want to buy art and would like professional advice? You’ve come to the right place. We at Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants can assist you with valuing, selling and buying art. Plus we can help...
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Expert Advice You Need Before Buying Art

Are you looking to purchase fine art? Are you not quite sure what that is or where to look for fine art? We at Banziger Hulme can help you to buy fine art in the right places, and without paying a massive premium price for that privilege. Fine art probably makes up only ten per cent of the whole art market, so most art sales...
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Art as Investment – Expert Advice You Need to Know

Investing in art has become a a buzz would and art as an investment has become very trendy. But many people do not know but most art does not actually fit into the fine art category. The art may well be sold is a good investment but what does investment actually mean?   By what measure can art be considered a good investment? It’s very...
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Blink and you might miss it … Shapiro Auction on Wednesday

A most significant and interesting sale of Australian and International art will be presented by Shapiro’s in Sydney this Wednesday 6th April 2011, 6 pm. With all the big fine art auctioneers in town, it is often all too easy to overlook Shapiro’s, even though they occupy a high profile location at Queen Street in Woollahra, just a few steps from Sothebys. Shapiro’s very much...
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On a very rainy Sydney Saturday, the usual suspects turn out to bid at Davidson’s first fine art auction of the year at

Robert Davidson’s reputation for honesty and integrity in a sometimes shadowy auction market is perhaps one thing that keeps his regular clientele coming back for more – even on a particularly bleak and rainy day. Another might be Davidson’s keen estimates, which regularly see him trouncing the competition with his clearance rates. Davidson’s affable and no-nonsense approach to auctioneering is well appreciated by bidders. Like...
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Join the Hunt – The Search for Australian Art in British Auctions

A strong Aussie dollar means hunting and bidding for Australian art at auction overseas has never been more alluring. The internet is constantly providing new tools to enable anyone to track down the specific art that they are looking for – not just in domestic art markets, but also overseas. Most reputable fine art auction houses have quite sophisticated and easy to scroll and view...
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Unknown painting of Sydney ‘girl’ confirmed to be by seven times Archibald Prize Winner W.B. McInnes, one of Australia’s most famous artists in the 1920s and 30s

It started with an email from an Australian in London to David Hulme of Manly-based Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants. The gentleman explained he owned a portrait of his mother, painted in 1928 in Melbourne when she was just a girl of 16 – but the painting was not signed. Could David Hulme help in confirming who painted it? Was it perhaps seven-times Archibald Prize...
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A slow and painful death for Donald Friend mural?

Donald Friend’s relationship with Bali is well known to most Australians. Less well known are the five years that Friend spent in Sri Lanka from 1957 to 1962 as house guest of Bevis Bawa at the remote ‘Brief’ estate near Bentota Beach in southwestern Sri Lanka. Bevis Bawa was the brother of Sri Lanka’s famous architect Geoffrey Bawa. The years that Friend spent at ‘Brief’...
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A Tale of two Rigis

Three small paintings, hardly larger than an A4 sized sheet, are among the most valuable watercolours in the world – and one of them is at home in Australia, on display for the public no less. J.M.W. Turner’s views of Mount Rigi and a recent visit to Switzerland’s Queen of the Mountains inspired me to have a closer look. My relationship with one of Switzerland’s...
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If Rembrandt had taken photographs…

A new contemporary art gallery has opened in Zurich end of August focusing on international contemporary photography. Australian photographer Bill Henson is strongly represented in this new push by gallerist Christophe Guye. Guye’s previous venture was Scalo-Guye Gallery in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, which closed in 2008.  The opening night was buzzy with the usual well-dressed art crowd that you would find at any new...
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First Official Day at Art Basel 41: More Australian Connections

Some of the big names for sale at Art Basel are the German masters of the early 20th century, such as Egon Schiele, Ernst-Ludwig Kirchner and Gustav Klimt – and they are famously presented by London-based Australian art dealer Richard Nagy. He has been able to exhibit in Basel since 2005, although he says: ‘It is fairly brutal, and there are no guarantees that you...
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Art Basel 41: Two Antipodean Premieres

The galleries holding up the Anzac flag are only two, and both of them are first-timers among the 303 international galleries represented and this year’s Art Basel, chosen from over 1,100 applications. Yet both Art Basel rookies – Anna Schwartz Gallery of Melbourne and Sydney, and Michael Lett from Auckland – are already very happy with this most important of Art Basel rituals, the day...
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Australian world record price at Phillips de Pury’s New York evening art auction: Mark Newson’s Lockheed Lounge sells for US $ 2.098 million

The third of the big art nights in New York was also a big night for Australian art: Mark Newson’s Prototype Lockheed Lounge from 1988, with an estimate of US $ 1 million to US $ 1.5 million, sold for US $ 2.098 million, beating the previous record from April 2009 by US $ 485,000. The work sold after vigorous bidding in the room and...
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Sothebys New York Contemporary Evening Auction: High Flying Continues with Iconic Warhol Self Portrait doubling its high estimate, selling for US $ 32.562 million

The first such large Andy Warhol self portrait to come on to the market in ten years was consigned by fashion designer Tom Ford. It promptly doubled the high estimate with intensive competition from six bidders, finally selling for US $ 32.562 million. The bounce back of the contemporary art market continued throughout the evening: several bidders also competed for a large iconic Mark Rothko...
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American Flag Flies High at Christies – Jasper Johns’ ‘Flag’ sells for record US $ 28.642 million

The contemporary art sales in New York started with a loud vote of confidence in the market. 31 of the 79 lots came from the collection of the late Michael Crichton, author of Jurassic Park fame. The most spectacular result of the evening was his favourite piece, Jasper Johns’ ‘Flag’, purchased directly from the artist over 30 years ago. It sold for US $ 28.642...
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Meeting Damien Hirst in Mexico City

Why is Damien Hirst opening a major show in Mexico City of all places? Well, buena suerte – good luck – is big in this country, and a chance meeting between one-time gallery owner Hilario Galguera and the world-famous artist at a social event led first to friendship and then to collaboration. David Hulme, Damien Hirst and Brigitte Banziger Hirst is a confessed Mexico aficionado,...
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Down Mexico Way: Beyond Rivera, Kahlo and Co.

It is the biggest and most important contemporary art fair in its sphere of influence with over 90 international galleries, 900 represented artists and 30,000 visitors (and as such very comparable to the Melbourne Art Fair) – but you may never have heard of it. Zona Mexico Arte Contemporaneo (Zona Maco) in its 7th year showcased the thriving contemporary art and gallery scene not only...
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Where there is Pain, there may be Gain

David this time is not only inspired by exceptional art, but also by furniture: see the end of this admittedly rather long newsletter, where he manages to combine early Australian colonial with iconic contemporary Australian design, with a quiz thrown in… However, let’s start with some general observations, before delving into the offerings at Bonhams and Goodman and Sothebys. Fine Art Reporting Marginalised Is anyone...
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Upcoming Fine Art Auction Offerings

It’s been a while since I have had a good rant about a fine art auction sale. Maybe I have been asleep, too busy or just plain uninspired by the offerings. Well, here is my chance to redeem myself of whatever the reason was. Chris Deutscher and Damian Hackett are now – for me at least – the arbiters of the best fine art auctions...
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From a very rare View of Sydney to a hand signed letter by a very famous US artist to a very special family heirloom – only at the annual art appraisal day at Banziger Hulme Fine Art

Close to hundred people attended the annual art appraisal day of Banziger Hulme Fine Art on Saturday in the Manly Corso. David Hulme said “The quality of art brought in was outstanding, and it was non-stop appraising from well before 10 in the morning until 3 pm”. One of the most exciting finds was a work by Conrad Martens (1801 – 1878). This handcoloured lithograph...
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David Hulme approved as Cultural Gifts Valuer

David Hulme has just been accepted as a valuer for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. He has been approved to value Australian art including paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture 1900 – 2000 for this scheme. Since 1978, Australians have donated more than $530 million worth of items to public museums and art galleries in exchange for a tax break. The donations include visual...
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For Limited Release – the Best Paintings from the Manly Art Gallery & Museum Collection

Impressions from the exhibition showcasing extraordinary works from a great collection To name a few masters in the show: Tom Roberts, Ethel Carrick Fox, Roy de Maistre, Grace Cossington Smith, Emanuel Phillips Fox, Rah Fizelle, Donald Friend, Norman Lindsay, Antonio Dattilo-Rubbo, Ralph Balson, Euan McLeod and many more. Hurry, they are only on view until 30 November 2008. Opening night on 14 November 2008: Nicholas...
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Exciting Fine Art Auctions in Melbourne Next Week

I have four art auction catalogues on my desk. There is always a selection of very special offerings to be found in their pages, so I thought I would share some of them with you. All four sales are happening in Melbourne between 23rd and 26th November: Mossgreen Auctions, Bonhams and Goodman, Sothebys and last but not least Deutscher + Hackett. If you would like...
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New Homes for Paintings

We are delighted to have been involved in the distribution of a number of drawings and watercolours to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and the National Art School in Sydney. The niece of artist Les Campbell, who was a CRTS student, has donated almost 30 of his life drawings to the National Art School in Sydney. The Australian War Memorial has made a purchase...
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On at Manly Art Gallery: Exhibition not to be missed – Bruce Goold

The opening of the Bruce Goold Retrospective and the Manly Arts Festival was ‘Spot the Celebrity’ at the Manly Art Gallery on Friday night. There was a massive turn-out  which included actors Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward. A number of  well known visual artists including Garry Shead attended a stunning showcase of the works and practice of Bruce Goold. Primarily a printmaker of note, this...
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Far from doom and gloom in the secondary art market

Just a quick few lines after the latest round of fine art auctions: it’s far from doom and gloom, and we still think the art market is doing rather well. The auctions held in Melbourne this week – Sothebys, Bonhams & Goodman as well as Deutscher + Hackett – although perhaps a little shaky, managed to shift over 17 million dollars worth of art in...
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A laughing young man turns out to be a serious Old Master

We’d like to share with you another amazing story from the world of fine art. It goes like this: The portrait of the laughing young man – which had been in the family for over 100 years – was brought to a local auction house for sale after being rejected by a major London auction house. Auctioneers Moore, Allen and Innocent, of Cirencester, listed the...
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