The catalogue for the highly anticipated Deutscher + Hackett auction of Australian and International Fine Art titled “Twenty Classics of Australian Art” has created a lot of excitement for many art aficionados, including ourselves.
We can’t wait to view the collection in person, and “Dave” had a lot of fun picking his favourite works from this auction.
Pre-publicity for the sale on 11 November 2020 has already made us aware of one of the most important paintings to ever appear on the Australian market, Russell Drysdale’s “Going to the Pictures”, 1941, estimated at $2.5 to $3.5 million.
The 63 artworks carry pre-sale estimates of $9.85 to $13.55 million, and include fabulous examples of art by a host of Australia’s best and greatest, spanning the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Go and see the offerings in person if at all possible:
There is an extended preview in Sydney from 22 October to 1 November at the D+H premises at 16 Goodhope Street, Paddington.
The Melbourne preview is open by appointment from 5 to 11 November at 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra.
The auction takes place on 11 November, 7 pm, and will be streamed online from Melbourne.
We will be viewing all artworks personally in Sydney and are available for due diligence, pre-purchase reports and representation and bidding at the auction.
Contact us for more information and assistance in buying from one of the most interesting fine art auctions in recent years.
There are 22 Dave’s Faves this time round, but there could easily have been more:
Lot 2 – Ben Quilty, Paul’s Falcon, 2008, oil, 183 x 214 cm, est. $90,000-120,000. Low in Price, High in Horsepower
Lot 3 – Lin Onus, Dawn at Numerili, 1993, 91 x 121.5 cm, est. $150,000-180,000. Branch Stacking with a Difference
Lot 4 – Howard Arkley, Eastern Suburbs Pink Home, 1991, 163 x 163 cm, est. $700,000-900,000. A Little House Music
Lot 8 – Fred Williams, Hillside at Lysterfield II, 1967, est. $1,500,000-2,000,000. Lysterfield of Dreams
Lot 9 – Eugene von Guerard, The Mountains of St Tenadio in the Naples Region, 1847, 108.5 x 146.5 cm, est. $200,000-300,000. When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie – That’s Amore (with apologies to Dean Martin)
Lot 10 – Arthur Streeton, Blue Lagoon, Fringed Round with Palaces, c1908, 54.5 x 85.5 cm, est. $400,000-600,000. What Else Would Arthur Streeton Be Doing On His Honeymoon?
Lot 11 – Clarice Beckett, Out Walking, c1928-29, 29 x 34.5 cm, est. $35,000-45,000. The Sublime Leading the Sublime
Lot 12 – Russell Drysdale, Going to the Pictures, 1941, 46 x 55 cm, est. $2,500,000-3,500,000. That Ain’t Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, But It Sure Will Fly
Lot 16 – Yvonne Audette, Cantata No. 14, 1963-64, 120 x 184 cm (diptych), est. $150,000-200,000. You Bet, the Best Audette Yet, to be Sold at Auction
Lot 17 – John Olsen, Spanish Encounter 2, 1960, 182.5 x 242.5 cm (diptych), est. $350,000-450,000. Deserves Significant Inquisition
Lot 18 – Fred Williams, Upwey, 1965, 86 x 70.5 cm, est. $400,000-600,000. Up, Up and Away
Lot 19 – Jeffrey Smart, The Traffic Island, 2009, 82 x 104.5 cm, est. $450,000-650,000. There’s Only One Direction
Lot 30 – Michael Cook, Civilised, 2012, suite of 14 inkjet prints, 160 x 140 cm each, est. $65,000-85,000 (14). I suggest You Accept These Cookies
Lot 36 – Hans Heysen, Primroses and Porcelain, 1925, 53 x 56.5 cm, est. $25,000-35,000. Prim, Proper and Perfect
Lot 38 – Ethel Carrick Fox, Fish Market in Nice, c1930, 49.5 x 60 cm, est. $40,000-60,000. High Fashion Favours Fish
Lot 40 – Hans Heysen, Winter Sunshine, 1953, 31.5 x 38 cm, est. $10,000-15,000. Light Fever – You’re The One That I Want
Lot 44 – Arthur Boyd, Shoalhaven Hillside, c1974-76, 96.5 x 89 cm, est. $80,000-100,000. Rhapsody in Blue
Lot 45 – Arthur Boyd, Waterhole near Canberra, c1971, 44.5 x 60 cm, est. 60,000-80,000. Drought’s Over
Lot 46 – Sidney Nolan, Bird in Landscape, c1977-78, 91.5 x 122 cm, est. $40,000-60,000. Bag this Big Bird
Lot 52 – Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Of Rare Winter Rain, 1990, 151 x 121 cm, est. $70,000-90,000. Reminder: Must Add Major Emily to Art Collection
Lot 58 – Brett Whiteley, A Day at Bondi, 1984, 10 etchings plus title page and collaged flag, 20 x 18 cm (image, each), est. $30,000-40,000 (12). Brett, Bondi, Buy
Lot 63 – Russell Drysdale, The Horsebreaker, 38 x 28.5 cm, est. $10,000-15,000. This Drysdale Won’t Break the Bank
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