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 by Del Kathryn  Barton, Linde Ivimey and Brook Andrew.

Visit the preview in Melbourne from 17 to 20 August, at 41 Exhibition Street, and in Sydney from 25 – 31 August at 30 and 34 Queen Street, Woollahra.

The auction will be held on Wednesday, 31 August, 6.30 pm, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Sydney.

Online viewing is at Sotheby’s Australia

For due diligence and independent advice on any of the lots, please contact us as soon as possible, by phone on 02 9977 7764, and email [email protected] We can also bid in the room for you, as we are attending the auction on the night.

There are many outstanding offerings, and David did not hold back in choosing his 17 faves for you:


Lot 1 – Herbert Badham, Long Reef, Sydney 1939, estimate $25,000-35,000. A Good’n from Badham


Lot 7 – Charles Blackman, Tryst 1959, est. $200,000-300,000. Tryst not to be missed


Lot 8 – Brett Whiteley, The Robin and the Moon 1981, est. $600,000-800,000. Chirpy chirpy … if not cheap cheap


Lot 12 – Ray Crooke, Sandstone Bluffs, Laura 1965, est. $15,000-25,000. A Ray of Sunshine


Lot 21 – Albert Namatjira, Finke River Mission and Mount Hermannsburg (1951), est. $80,000-100,000. Albert’s Masterpiece?


Lot 22 – Hans Heysen, The White Gum, Far North 1933, est. $10,000-15,000. Heysen makes you happy


Lot 24 – Emma Minnie Boyd, A Lassie Yet 1888, est. $30,000-50,000. Rare and Beautiful

Lot 27 - Arthur Streeton, The Murray and the Mountain (1930), est. $150,000-200,000. Streeton is the Australian Landscape

Lot 27 – Arthur Streeton, The Murray and the Mountain (1930), est. $150,000-200,000. Streeton is the Australian Landscape


Lot 31 – Arthur Streeton, Sydney Harbour 1907, est. $1,500,000-2,000,000. Record price for Streeton? Watch this space


Lot 34 – Sidney Nolan, (Burke on Camel) (1966), est. $50,000-60,000. Take the long way home


Lot 36 – Albert Tucker, Head 1951, est. $20,000-30,000. Black Magic


Lot 37 – Philip Wolfhagen, Mound Excerpt IV 2001, est. $25,000-35,000. The current Landscape King


Lot 48 – Vivienne Shark Lewitt, Me? Here? 2002, est. $6,000-8,000. Are You Being Served?


Lot 53 – Fred Williams, Cootamundra Wattles, Yarra Glen (1969), est. $25,000-35,000. Good Gouache Almighty


Lot 54 – Arthur Boyd, Bride (1974), est. $10,000-15,000. Life before The Bachelor


Lot 59 – Sali Herman, Garden Scene 1944, est. $15,000-20,000. The Garden of Earthly Delights


Lot 60 – Margaret Olley, Ranunculi 1970, est. $28,000-35,000. Overrun with Ranunculi


Lot 67 – John Olsen, A Poet Attached to Country Life (1990), est. $40,000-50,000. Add some colour to your day!






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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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