Dave’s Faves for Bonhams 19 Nov. 2017

One of Australia’s most prolific 20th century artists, Sidney Nolan remains one of our best known, most revered and loved. Perhaps also one of our greatest exports, living at “The Rodd” in Wales until his passing in 1992.

With the passing of his widow, Lady Mary Nolan, in April 2016, another major offering of Nolan’s work, in fact 118 from Lady Nolan’s estate, are to be sold on 19th November with Bonhams at the NCJWA Hall in Woollahra / Sydney.

This sale of impeccable provenance perhaps offers the last chance to obtain a painting with such direct link to Sidney Nolan himself.

Appetite for his art seems to continue unabated. Lately, there have been some monumental prices paid, in particular for Ned Kelly paintings, undoubtedly his most saleable and popular images with collectors, such is the fascination Australians have with this legendary bushranger.

Although this catalogue offers great opportunities to “pick up a Nolan Kelly”, with many and varied “Kellys” from different periods, there is also a host of examples from other well-known series, including Gallipoli, Antarctica, Africa, Leda and the Swan and also portraits, landscapes, florals and bird life. Something for everyone then perhaps.

Ever the great experimenter, there are also some wonderful examples of Nolan’s later spray enamel paintings. Below are my picks of the bunch, aka Dave’s Faves.

Viewing in Sydney is from 17 to 19 November at the NCJWA Hall, 111 Queen Street, Woollahra.

You can also peruse online at the Bonhams website.

The auction of the works from the Nolan estate is held after the sale of the 72 lots of Australian and Aboriginal art (including works form the Estate of Mary Macha AM) on Sunday, 19 November 2017, starting at 4 pm at the NCJWA Hall, 111 Queen Street, Woollahra.

Dave’s Faves from the collection of works from the estate of Lady Nolan are:

Lot 101 Mrs Fraser

Lot 101, Sidney Nolan, Mrs Fraser, 1958, est. $6,000-8,000. Lost in Space

Lot 103 Kelly

Lot 103, Sidney Nolan, Kelly. c1965, est $12,000-18,000. Time to grab your Kelly

Lot 107 Midshipman

Lot 107, Sidney Nolan, Midshipman, c1958, est. $25,000-35,000. Aye Aye Captain!

Lot 111 Gazelle

Lot 111, Sidney Nolan, Gazelle, c1963, est. $80,000-120,000. You could easily be outrun

Lot 118 Paradise Garden

Lot 118, Sidney Nolan, Paradise Garden, c1970, est. $3,000-5,000. Flower Power

Lot 123 Kelly

Lot 123, Sidney Nolan, Kelly, 1956, est. $12,000-18,000. Head and Shoulders above the Rest

Lot 129, Sidney Nolan, Bird and Landscape, c1982, est. $5,000-7,000. A bird in the hand

Lot 152 Kelly with Rifle

Lot 152, Sidney Nolan, Kelly with Rifle, est. $12,000-15,000. Confrontational Kelly

Lot 176, Sidney Nolan, Kelly, 1982, est. $20,000-30,000. Nolan gives us a spray

Lot 179 Kangaroo Ayers Rock

Lot 179, Sidney Nolan, Kangaroo at Ayers Rock, c.1966, est. $10,000-15,000. Nolan’s Tourist Drive

Lot 183, Sidney Nolan, Leda and the Swan, c1960, est. $3,000-5,000. Take me to your Leda

Lot 187, Sidney Nolan, Kelly, 1961, est. $12,000-18,000. Kelly winging it

Lot 188 Landscape

Lot 188, Sidney Nolan, Landscape, c.1962, est. $80,000-100,000. Multicolour Magic from the Maestro

Lot 192 Dancers

Lot 192, Sidney Nolan, Dancers, Rite of Spring, c.1962, est. $5,000-7,000. Fluid, fanciful and fun

Lot 199 Kelly crossing river

Lot 199, Sidney Nolan, Kelly crossing the River, est. $8,000-12,000. Take me to the River


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Brigitte Banziger

Hi, my name is Brigitte Banziger and I am an art consultant and manager at Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants, Australia's art valuation and art advice experts. We specialise in art valuations for insurance purposes, for family division, deceased estates, superannuation funds and market values, and advise clients regarding purchase and sales of art (art brokerage). Our services are sought by private clients, companies, public galleries and councils alike. Our aim is to provide professional service with friendly, approachable manner.


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