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. Apart from Australian modernism, the collection comprises several works by the major Australian impressionists, often also purchased at auction.

This makes this Sotheby’s sale somewhat of a must-see exhibition of iconic Australian art. The art market in Australia is in good form and has recovered well from its post-global financial crisis malaise, where clearance rates at auction hovered around 60% and 40% for Aboriginal art.

The auction rooms are full again with keen buyers, and this is bringing out high quality paintings. Clearance rates are now regularly around 80% which represents a healthy but not over-heated market.

I strongly recommend viewing this latest offering, on view in Melbourne until 23 April at 41 Exhibition Street, and in Sydney from 27 April until 3 May at 30 & 34 Queen Street, Woollahra.

Online viewing is available at:

The David Newby collection

Sotheby’s mixed vendor sale

The auction is held on Wednesday, 3 May 2017, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Sydney, starting 6.30 pm.

Myself and Brigitte will as usual be on hand for your questions about any artwork regarding condition, value and whether it is simply a good painting by the artist. Our independent advice is always appreciated. Just give us a ring on 02 9977 7764 or email to [email protected]

And Dave’s Faves are:

Elioth Gruner

Lot 1 – Elioth Gruner, Fisherman, Coogee Beach 1913, est. $60,000-80,000. No Sea of Green


Justin O'Brien

Lot 2 – Justin O’Brien, Palm Sunday (1962), est. $60,000-80,000. Invest in Gold

Sali Herman

Lot 3 – Sali Herman, Woolloomooloo 1947, est. $50,000-70,000. When the Wharfi met Sali

Jeffrey Smart

Lot 12 – Jeffrey Smart, Study for Holiday (1969 – 1970), estimate $200,000-300,000. Living it up at the Hotel California

Albert Tucker

Lot 13 – Albert Tucker, Explorer, 1964, estimate $150,000-200,000. The Iconic

Ray Crooke

Lot 19 РRay Crooke, The Wedding, Thursday Island (1958), estimate  $20,000-30,000. Fun in the Sun

Jeffrey Smart

Lot 21 – Jeffrey Smart, The Santiago Flight (1989), est. $120,000-160,000. It’s not United Airlines, is it?

John Brack

Lot 31 – John Brack, After the Race, 1956, est. $60,000-80,000. Back to Brack

Brett Whiteley

Lot 36 – Brett Whiteley, Summer’s Bay (1963), est. $100,000-150,000. Sprightly Whiteley

Rosalie Gascoigne

Lot 37 – Rosalie Gascoigne, Summer Fat 1995, estimate $350,000-400,000. Sschh…….

John Perceval

Lot 53 – John Perceval, Neil Douglas’ Garden 1958, est. $22,000-28,000. Perceval at his peak


Lot 56 – Sidney Nolan, Kelly Study 1962, est. $200,000-250,000. Give Ned the Nod


Lot 67 – Philip Wolfhagen, Untitled 1993, est. $20,000-30,000. Green Day

Penleigh Boyd

Lot 79 – Penleigh Boyd, “It Stood – A Thing Apart – Unsullied by the Common Growth”, 1922, est. $40,000-50,000. The Trees that please

Norman Lindsay

Lot 82 – Norman Lindsay, (Four Nudes) 1937, est. $40,000-60,000. A Lindsay to love

Adrian Feint

Lot 92 – Adrian Feint, The Striped Camellia 1947, est. $8,000-12,000. Posy Poetry

Fred Williams

Lot 93 – Fred Williams, Turbulent Waters, Marshall Bay, Flinders Island (1977), est. $25,000-35,000. Williams’ Wonderful Waters

Sidney Nolan

Lot 95 – Sidney Nolan, Inland Landscape 1950, est. $10,000-15,000. Nolan 1950 Landscape, need I say more…


Written by

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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