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Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett Art Auction 10 May 2017

In their autumn auction on 10 May in Sydney, Deutscher + Hackett offer their signature broad mix of 132 artworks – ranging from the rare early Australian colonial (August Earle lot 69), to international greats such as Edvard Munch (lot 114), taking in edgy contemporary works such as lot 23 by Paul McCarthy, and Aboriginal masters like Emily Kame Kngwarreye (lot 79). The sale features...
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Dave’s Faves for Sotheby’s auction 3 May 2017

Sotheby’s present a terrific offering in two parts in Sydney on 3 May: the David Newby collection of Australian art with 30 lots, and the mixed vendor sale comprising lots 31 to 108. The catalogue essay traces David Newby’s collecting which started in the early 1980s, with important purchases from renowned Paddington art dealer Barry Stern, for example Albert Tucker, Ray Crooke and Jeffrey Smart....
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Dave’ Faves for Deutscher + Hackett 5 April 2017

Provenance, Provenance, Provenance In this third and presumably final sale of art from the Laverty Collection at Deutscher + Hackett on Wednesday 5th April in Sydney, more than 150 artworks are on offer. In our view, it is more important than ever when purchasing Aboriginal art in particular, to buy from a highly reputable source. With property, one of the most important factors is “location,...
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Dave’s Faves Menzies Auction 9 Feb. 2017

2017 starts early and well for art auction aficionados, as Menzies hold the first fine art sale of the year already next week in Melbourne. The auction date is set for Thursday, 9 February, and the viewing in Melbourne is from 2 to 8 February at Stonington Mansion, 336 Glenferrie Road, Malvern. We’ll be attending the auction and would be delighted to assist you with...
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Dave’s Faves Not For Sale

During the year, we heard some great comments on our Dave’s Faves. So thank you all for this positive feedback on our personal take on the art on offer in Australia at auction each year. (For a review of the Australian art auctions in 2016 as just reported in The Australian, follow this link.) Our slightly tongue-in-cheek approach is really about mitigating the mystique and...
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Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett fine art auction on 30/11/2016

This is your final chance to view and purchase museum-grade art in the fine art auction room. There are some amazing finds among the 136 lots offered by Deutscher + Hackett on 30 November in Sydney, including some extraordinary early Robert Klippel sculptures from the collection of his friend and patron Richard Crebbin. The viewing is at the Deutscher + Hackett premises at 55 Oxford...
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Dave’s Faves for Sotheby’s Auction on 23 November

The Sotheby’s sale is one of the finest offerings of art that we have seen in a long time. Its depth and consistency make it a must-view event. Among the outstanding works are a stormy Wangi scene by William Dobell from 1948, “Turnip Diggers” by Fred Williams from his Silver and Grey series, and the cover lot by Charles Blackman, a rare “Alice” painting “The...
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Dave’s Faves for Bonhams 22 November 2016

Exciting times in the fine art auction world: competition is as stiff as ever to attract the best pictures by Australia’s leading auctioneers. 2015 provided us with the third highest total of art sales at just above $110 million dollars, showing steady gains in 2013 and 2014. 2016 looks set to better last year’s result, probably by a healthy 5% to 10%. Sellers are being...
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Dave’s Faves for the Menzies Auctions on 21 & 22 September 2016

Menzies present a bumper issue as the last of the big spring auctions is approaching. On 21 September, the mixed vendor sale offers 129 lots, and the following night is dedicated to the stock-in-trade of Savill Galleries, presenting 160 lots. As Menzies CEO Justin Turner writes in his introduction to the second night: “Prospective buyers can take some comfort from the fact that this is...
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Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett Fine Art Sale on 13/9/2016

The second of the big spring auctions at Deutscher + Hackett ranges from super-contemporary sculptures by Alex Seton and Sam Jinks to rare colonial works such as equine artist Frederick Woodhouse senior, and everything in between in 117 lots. There is also a small but sophisticated selection of international works on paper by Lucian Freud, Sean Scully, Frank Auerbach and Henry Moore at budget-friendly prices....
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Dave’s Faves for Sotheby’s Auction 31 August 2016

In the first of this spring’s fine art auctions, Sotheby’s present a tightly curated sale of 68 lots. The auction on 31 August in Sydney offers works ranging from the rare – a sublime portrait by Emma Minnie Boyd, the grandmother of Arthur – to the prolific, represented by four Arthur Streetons and five paintings by Sidney Nolan, and to the very contemporary with works...
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Dave’s Faves for Menzies Auction 23 June 2016

The 238 lots at Menzies on 23 June in Sydney promise an exciting evening with great art, and a particularly rich choice of contemporary art this time. Lots 120 to 192 represent the collection of “The Collectors”: in 2005, the eight art collectors had engaged highly respected gallerist Bill Nuttall of Niagara Galleries to buy art on their behalf – to a strict budget, but...
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Dave’s Faves for Bonhams 7 June 2016

The Bonhams auction on 7 June 2016 is all about provenance: the first 30 lots of the night are from the collection of renowned arts patrons Amina and France Belgiorno-Nettis, spanning the time from the colonial John Glover to impressionist Arthur Streeton and on to 20th century greats such as Sidney Nolan and Jeffrey Smart. Together with properties from various vendors, this section offers 83...
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Dave’s Faves Sotheby’s 10 and 11 May 2016

Reserve two evenings for Sotheby’s autumn auction in Sydney: on 10 May, 120 works from the collection of renowned Sydney art dealer Denis Savill will go under the hammer, a veritable who’s who of Australian art, and many unreserved – look out for the  □ sign in front of the estimate. Expect frenetic bidding. On the following evening on 11 May, an impressive mixed vendor...
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Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett Auction 4 May 2016

It’s a pretty exciting time auction-wise. I could easily have picked 30 Faves from the latest Deutscher and Hackett catalogue of Australian and International Fine Art. There is a multitude of riches, with some exceptional works of art in this diverse offering. I particularly enjoy the extensive range of international art available by world renowned art giants Andy Warhol, Henry Moore, Robert Motherwell, Roy Lichtenstein...
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Dave’s Faves from the Menzies 23 March 2016 art auction

After a long summer break, the Australian art auction season is now upon us. Taking up the position of first sale of the year are Menzies Fine Art Auctioneers: their sale on 23 March in Melbourne contains 172 lots. As usual, David has selected from the catalogue a number of his favourite picks, known as “Dave’s Faves”. Also as usual, we will be attending all...
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Dave’s Faves for Menzies Art Auction 10 Dec. 2015

The last big auction for 2015 is on the horizon: Menzies offer 164 lots in their fine art auction on 10 December in Sydney. The viewing in Sydney is on from 4 to 9 December at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington. We’ll be attending the auction and would be delighted to help you secure an artwork with care, astute analysis and due diligence. Contact us on...
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Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett art auction on 2 December 2015

Deutscher and Hackett have split their 208 lot strong December auction into 4 sections, to showcase the consignment of some eminent collections: for example, the first 20 lots come from the Ure Smith family; Sydney Ure Smith (1887 – 1949) was one of the most influential Australian art publishers and art patrons of the first half of the 20th century. Read more on this fascinating...
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Dave’s Faves for Bonhams 1 December Auction

In their summer auction in Sydney, Bonhams presents an eclectic mix of 88 lots, ranging from indigenous bark paintings to the Australian impressionists and to abstract paintings (Tony Tuckson, Elizabeth Cummings, Ildiko Kovacs), ending boldly with works by contemporary artists hardly tested in the auction room before (Heather B. Swann, Dave Teer, Sarit Cohen). The viewing is in Sydney only, from 26 November to 1...
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Dave’s Faves for Sotheby’s 24 November art auction

Sotheby’s present some exquisite gems in their 93 lot strong summer auction on 24 November 2015. David’s selection is wide-ranging: from the relief sculpture by Isle of Man born Rayner Hoff (he does feel a special connection with this artist) to a sparkling small Streeton and a bold Sydney Ball abstract, to name a few – scroll down to see all 15. The Melbourne auction...
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Art Dealers and Art Consultants – What’s the Difference?

The world of fine art can be confusing. Art dealers and art consultants both seem to offer a service that is strikingly similar. Uncovering the differences between the role of an art consultant and art dealer is critical if you are delving into the world of fine art, especially if you require an honest valuation or appraisal of an artwork. Art Dealers Explained Art dealers...
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Dave’s Faves for the Menzies Auction 24 Sept 2015

David’s picks from the upcoming Menzies auction on 24 September in Melbourne includes a wide variety, be it in media (from etchings to photography, watercolours and oils to ceramics), styles (from early colonial to impressionist, modernist and contemporary masters, including Aboriginal stars Albert Namatjira and Emily Kngwarreye) – and also estimates: from just $1,000 up to $380,000 … definitely looks like the 247 lot catalogue...
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Dave’s Faves for the Mossgreen Auction on 30 August 2015

Mossgreen Auction will have a busy three days end of August when they will be offering the over 1,000 lots from the Peter Elliott collection in Sydney. This vast and varied single owner collection not only includes Australian art, Australian indigenous art, oceanic and tribal art, and Chinese and Asian art, but also decorative arts and antiques. In the introductory essay to the catalogue, art...
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Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett Auction 26 August 2015

Deutscher + Hackett present an impressive catalogue with 146 lots. It features several specials, among them the Gene and Brian Sherman 1st Capsule Collection (lots 25 – 39), a private collection of works by Albert Namatjira (lots 86 – 91) and works donated by renowned contemporary artists to benefit the National Art School in Sydney (lots 58 – 62). In a change of venue to...
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Dave’s Faves for the Sotheby’s Fine Art Auction 25 August 2015

Auction season is upon us once again, and the upcoming round of fine art auctions from Australia’s leading exponents offers a particularly good field of art: starting with  Sotheby’s and their 25 August auction, then Deutscher + Hackett on the 26 August, and Mossgreen Auctions on 30 August with the Peter Elliott collection, all held in Sydney. We are very excited by the volume and...
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Don’t miss this retrospective – Ronald Greenaway

For the last two and half years, every time we have visited Melbourne, we have also visited our friend, the artist Ronald Greenaway. He has taken us on quite an extraordinary journey. This is now culminating in a retrospective exhibition at the Town Hall Gallery in Hawthorn, Melbourne, which we have curated. This showcase celebrates more than 60 years of the artist’s creativity in “Ronald...
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Dave’s Faves for the Sotheby’s Auction of 21 July 2015

Sotheby’s offer 126 art lots in their Fine Asian, Australian and European Arts and Design Auction of 21 July in Sydney. The first 56 works are from the Minter Ellison collection – they are put up for sale because the law firm is moving its Sydney offices. Among the photographic offerings are a very good selection by modernist photographer Max Dupain, and contemporary photographers Bill...
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Dave’s Faves for the Menzies Fine Art Auction 25 June 2015

The Menzies winter auction presents 202 lots, including a good number of international greats: Warhol, Picasso, Miro, Hockney, Moore, Chagall, Leger, Chadwick. And no, not all are in the stratosphere price-wise. How about these lithographs by the masters? Lot 97, a very typical Miro, is estimated at $6,000 to $8,000, while lot 101, the Henry Moore, comes with estimates of $2,500-$4,500… David has remained patriotic...
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Dave’s Faves for Bonhams Fine Art Auction 16 June 2015

Bonhams’ winter sale offers 111 lots, with the first 61 offerings from private Perth collections “curated by John Cruthers”, who was also advising Reg Grundy on his famous art collection. Perhaps we should call the present “Dave’s Faves” then “David’s curated selection of fine art with irreverent comments”: Lot 14 – Ian Fairweather, Painting I, 1960, est. $100,000-$150,000. Fairweather Friend Lot 39 – Fred Williams,...
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Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett Fine Art Auction May 2015

Even the worst storm in decades in Sydney with serious power cuts here on the Northern Beaches and damage and havoc all around couldn’t keep David from scrutinising the hot off the press Deutscher + Hackett catalogue of their Melbourne sale on 6 May. It did make us appreciate electricity without which nothing goes, including getting our Dave’s Faves to you … but thankfully, this...
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