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Highlights of the upcoming Deutscher-Menzies Art Auctions

Let’s jump right into it with the very first lot of 18 June in Sydney. We all need lots of friends – Donald Friend that is. Lot 1 is titled “The artist’s chair”, a lovely and colourful oil composition, with an estimate of $ 15,000 to $ 20,000. There are 7 other works by Donald Friend joining this sale, with plenty of collectors waiting. I...
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Art Superfund Pitfalls

Increasingly, we are valuing artworks included in superannuation funds. The main talk so far has been about the rules regarding the display of the artworks at the home or office of the superfund’s beneficiary. We at Banziger Hulme however are concerned about something much more elementary: where is the art sourced from? This is a very important question. When we value artworks owned by a...
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Why Cruise Ships can be dangerous for Art Buyers

A client came to us a few months ago asking us to produce a written report on a drawing that she had purchased on a cruise ship. Apparently the work was sold at auction on this cruise ship and the price paid was in excess of $ 20,000. This was not the first time that we have been asked about the merits of purchasing art...
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A Curator’s Eye for the Catalogue

Last evening, we attended the viewing for the Bonhams & Goodman Fine Art Sale on 23rd April in Melbourne. With a substantial number of the works on view, we were treated to some rare delights. Geoffrey Smith, Bonhams & Goodman’s National Head of Art, presented the highlights of these in a floor talk. Unlike other auction houses, B & G list their works chronologically. So...
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Fresh to market pictures should excite art collectors

There has been a lot of talk recently of re-selling of artworks at auction too quickly in Australia. Two auctions coming up this month go a long way to crush this perception, and as a viewer of all the important fine art auctions it’s great to see. Who would think that we have to thank Pro Hart and his estate for a new and exciting...
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Norman Lloyd (1895 – 1983)

The Australian Artist gets new exposure and a life rediscovered on www.normanlloyd.com.au Landscape painter Norman Lloyd had a long, prolific and successful life. But not even Australia’s most respected Art Encyclopedia has got his correct birth and death dates listed. The research that went into the establishment of the website dedicated to Norman Lloyd has not only set this right, but has shed a lot...
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Swiss-Oz Art Expo and Regional Galleries in Australia

Let us tell you about a lovely exhibition coming up at the Bondi Pavilion on Bondi Beach: Swiss-Oz Art Expo, from 4 to 16 March 2008. The show presents creativity and diversity from the Swiss Australian community, supported by the Consulate General of Switzerland and the Swiss Australian Cultural Association. We were delighted to have been asked to help with the artist selection and hang...
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Update on current and upcoming art events

If you would like to see David’s comments on the health of the Australian art auction market, see today’s “Australian” in our Press Articles   page. We also would like to draw your attention to a wonderful exhibition which has just opened at Manly Art Gallery and Museum. Last Friday evening, we enjoyed the opening of “Harbourlife – Sydney Harbour from the 1940s to recent...
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Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants accepted into the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association (AA&ADA)

We are delighted to have been accepted into the AA & ADA, the leading industry body which represents antique and art dealers in Australia. The AA & ADA have a strict Code of Practice which outlines responsibility to clients. We have always worked hard to maintain the highest professional standards and ensure best practice in all our dealings with and for our clients. Acceptance into...
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UBS Wealth Management

We were delighted to be involved with UBS Wealth Management in a recent presentation at the National Gallery of Victoria, wonderfully organised by André Becker, Associate Director UBS Wealth Management Melbourne. Zoe Hart, Head of UBS Wealth Planning, presented tax and superannuation strategies for art and collectables, while we explained how to buy art when re-sale value is important to your art purchases. These presentations...
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Summer – Season for Selling and Buying Art

The spring round of fine art auctions has just finished – and it has indeed been very successful overall, with many Australian artists’ records broken, new records set for turnovers and many great works on the market for all budgets. (Yes, you can still buy lovely artworks for under $ 1000 at auction – as usual, only the big sums make the newspaper headlines…) We...
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4 John Peter Russell watercolours to make impression at Davidson Auctions this Saturday

Four watercolours by Australian impressionist John Peter Russell will go under the hammer with Davidson Auctions Fine Art sale this Saturday in Sydney. These delightful works have been in the Russell family since John Peter Russell painted them, and the current owner is a direct descendant – provenance doesn’t get better than this. Interest in John Peter Russell’s work has been high in the last...
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Auction Results: record prices for artists

We are delighted to report the sale last week of two significant artworks that we brokered through Deutscher and Hackett Specialist Fine Art Auction House. This work “Seated Woman”, 1932 – 33, a previously unknown portrait by Rah Fizelle came with an estimate of $ 45,000 to $ 65,000 and sold for $ 93,000 including buyer’s premium – an auction record for this great modernist...
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A different discovery: Robert Boyed Mitchell – a unique voice in art gets exposure on the worldwide web

The next round of auctions is slowly getting underway, with all the major auction houses preparing their spring sales and of course including all the well-known names of Australian art history. Today, we would like to present an artist you most likely have never heard of, because we think his work and life should be known to many more art enthusiasts. To be honest, we...
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Judging the Warringah Art Prize

Last week, David was very privileged to be invited along with sculptor Christine Simpson to judge this year’s Warringah Art Prize. With almost 300 entries, it was our task to whittle these down to a selection of around 100. After all day Sunday judging, we had decided on 93 works for the final hang. The works are of a very high standard and I must...
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Rare Birds Fly

At Davidson’s auctions on Saturday, the ten watercolour paintings of Australian birds by H. Hepburn Calvert flew out the door, achieving record prices for the artist. The owner of the works attended the sale and was absolutely ecstatic at the results. These superb examples of Calvert’s watercolours of birds sold for just under $ 40,000 (including buyer’s premium). This result was more than double the...
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Birds of A Feather Flock Together

Recently, a client showed us some rare birds indeed. The tightly rolled paper turned out to be ten watercolour works by Australian bird painter H. Hepburn Calvert. They obviously had been rolled up since 1919 when they were originally painted and seemingly never framed. Finally, they were allowed to reveal their rarely seen beauty: Stunningly clear watercolours of native Australian birds, among them magpies, parrots,...
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Australian art on record roll

We don’t think that we can say much more about the Sotheby’s sale last week that hasn’t already been said in the national press. With a sale of $ 22 million, this has clearly set a significant benchmark in the history of Australian art and will be referred to as much as the previous record set by the Harold E. Mertz collection sale in 2000...
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Hot Fine Art Auctions Coming Up

There are some fabulous and outstanding art sales coming up in Melbourne and Sydney, with works from a few hundred dollars, for example Ray Crooke’s The Dancer, lot 473, at Lawson-Menzies, with estimates of $ 400 – $ 600, or Lionel Lindsay, Juno’s Bird, lot 355, estimate $ 300 – $ 500. To Deutscher and Hackett’s painting by Robert Dowling from 1856 “Master George, William...
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The Story of Australian Printmakting – A Great Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Last week, we had the great pleasure to escort prominent cast paper artist Ruth Faerber to Canberra for the opening of “The Story of Australian Printmaking 1801 – 2005” which runs until 3 June at the National Gallery. This gave us a very good opportunity to look around the National Gallery. We thought the layout of the Gallery has improved greatly since Ron Radford has...
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Secrets of the back….

Recently, a client contacted us regarding two drawings on paper she had inherited from an aunt. The family story was that these drawings of trees were by Frederick McCubbin (1855 – 1917). McCubbin, as you may or may not know, was one of the founders of the Heidelberg school and a major figure in the development of the Australian school of landscape and subject painting...
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Deutscher-Menzies auction

Here is our preview of the upcoming Deutscher-Menzies auction, scheduled for 13 March 2007, and David’s comments on some of our favourites: Lot 13 – Clarice Beckett’s special hazy effect always makes her work a little dreamy and romantic. Perhaps it’s just getting too close to my wedding anniversary. I also like what looks like a model T Ford in the centre of the picture....
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Archibald Prize

The winner of this year’s Archibald Prize is John Beard with the portrait of installation artist Janet Laurence. The Sulman Prize goes to Philip Wolfhagen for his work “Winter Nocturne IV”. And the winner of the Wynne Prize is: David Disher with “Axis of Elvis”. And another announcement: Check this Saturday’s “Weekend Australian” for coverage on Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants in the special report...
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Finalists for the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes 2007 announced

The Archibald Prize is for the “Best portrait painting preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in Art, Letters, Science or Politics”, the Wynne Prize is awarded to the “Best landscape painting of Australian scenery, or figure sculpture”, while the Sulman Prize goes to the “Best subject painting, genre painting or mural project by an Australian artist”. Danelle Bergstrom won the 2007 Packing Room Prize...
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wondrous tales of the art world

We would like to share with you some of the recent wondrous tales of the art world – this time from the US. The Weird and Wonderful Famous US actor Steve Martin is also a keen art collector. Amongst one of his treasures is iconic US artist Edward Hopper’s “Hotel Window” for which he paid US $ 12 million some years ago. Martin put it...
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Fine Art Auctions

Tuesday and Wednesday evening saw the conclusion to the year’s Fine Art Auctions. Two were held on the same night – Bonhams & Goodman at Double Bay and Shapiro’s at Woollahra. Sorry, could only be at one place at a time …, so our report is on the Bonhams & Goodman sale and Deutscher-Menzies auction held last night. The Bonhams & Goodman auction – cannon...
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First-hand impressions from Sotheby’s Australian and International Art Auction in Melbourne on 21 November 2006

It was very exciting to be in the room when the hammer came down on a stunning Fred Williams’ (1927 – 1982) painting “Waterpond in a Landscape II” from the Ted Lustig Collection. With $ 1.4 million including buyer’s premium this was the second highest price for the artist – and more than three times the estimate. Rumour has it that the work was bought...
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