Dave’s Faves – Christies auction of Australian Art in London

This September, Australian art takes over London: The Royal Academy of Art showcases the first major survey of Australian art in the UK in 50 years, from 21 September until 8 December.

Meanwhile, Christies London offer a sumptuous catalogue of 75 lots, ranging from serious trophy paintings to small gems, in their annual sale of Australian art on 26 September.

David picked his lucky 13 for you:

Lot 6 – Charles Frederick Goldie, ‘An Aristocrat’ Atama Paparangi. A Chieftain of the Rarawa Tribe of Maoris, New Zealand, 1933, est. £200,000-300,000. This remarkable portrait has record-breaking potential.

Lot 11 –  John Glover, Ben Lomond from Mr Talbot’s Property – Four Men Catching Opossums, est. £1,800,000-2,500,000. Can catching opossums catch a buyer?

Lot 22 – Frederick McCubbin, Bush Idyll, 1893, est. £1,200,000-1,800,000. Major Museum McCubbin

Lot 23 – John Peter Russell, Breton Woman on a Cliff Top, Belle-Ile, 1886, est. £30,000-40,000. Early rare painting by John Russell – impressionist masterstrokes

Lot 39 – Robert Klippel, Two Drawings for Constructions, 1951, est. £3,000-4,000. Concise Klippel Constructions

Lot 41 – Charles Blackman, Girl Playing, 1961, est. £20,000-30,000. Blackman at his brilliant best

Lot 49 – Jeffrey Smart, The Owner, 1961, £100,000-150,000. Invest in some blue chip real estate

Lot 52 – Russell Drysdale, The Rabbiter’s Family, 1938, est. £60,000-80,000. Drysdale delights

Lot 57 – Arthur Streeton, Boats, est. £1,200-1,800. Underestimated understatement

Lot 59 – Roland Wakelin, Landscape, 1919, est. £15,000-20,000. Wakelin’s colourfield paintings are like music to the ears

Lot 61 – Margaret Preston, Native Ballet, 1946, est. £5,000-7,000. This extremely rare print deserves to sell well above estimate

Lot 66 – Fred Williams, Lysterfield, 1968, est. £300,000-500,000. High demand continues for these timeless classics from the great Australian landscape painter.

Lot 75 – Dale Frank, To cool to matter, 2012, est. £15,000-20,000. Rorschach’s got nothing on this guy

The auction is held at Christies, 8 King Street, St. James, London, on 26 September, 10.30 am. Visit Christies for images and more information.

If you have any questions or are interested in any lots, contact us by phone 02 9977 7764 or email and ask us for due diligence reports. 

Written by

David Hulme is an approved valuer for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts program and a member of the Art Consulting Association of Australia. David Hulme is also managing director at Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants, which is a highly respected art consultancy in Australia and has been in operation for over ten years. David also regularly comments on the Australian and international art market on national radio and in numerous local and national newspapers.

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