Dave’s Faves for Sotheby’s Auction on 23 November

The Sotheby’s sale is one of the finest offerings of art that we have seen in a long time. Its depth and consistency make it a must-view event. Among the outstanding works are a stormy Wangi scene by William Dobell from 1948, “Turnip Diggers” by Fred Williams from his Silver and Grey series, and the cover lot by Charles Blackman, a rare “Alice” painting “The Game of Chess” from 1956.

The overall estimate expectations are $6.7 million to $9.26 million for the auction held on 23 November at the Intercontinental Hotel in Sydney.

Don’t hesitate to ask us for pre-purchase advice and unbiased analysis, and assistance with bidding on the night.

Here is how you can view:

in person in Melbourne from 9 to 13 November, 41 Exhibition Street, and in Sydney from 17 to 23 November at 30 & 34 Queen Street, Woollahra, online at the Sotheby’s website and a preview with Dave’s Faves:

Lot 1 Herbert Badham

Lot 1, Herbert Badham, Botanical Gardens, Sydney (ca. 1936), est. $80,000-100,000. Dappled light magic

Lot 2 Grace Cossington Smith

Lot 2, Grace Cossington Smith, Drapery and Foliage, est. $50,000-70,000. Masterpiece


Lot 3, William Dobell, Storm Approaching, Wangi 1948, est. $100,000-150,000. Noblest Dobell

Lot 7 Fred Williams

Lot 7, Fred Williams, Turnip Diggers (1968), est. $450,000-650,000. Dig this

Lot 15 Arthur Streeton

Lot 15, Arthur Streeton, “And the Sunlight Clasps the Earth” 1895, est. $250,000-350,000. The painting to clasp us all

Lot 21 Brett Whiteley

Lot 21, Brett Whiteley, A Snippet of Tuscany 1960, est. $35,000-45,000. Both a snippet and a snip


Lot 27, William Robinson, To Beechmont with Bushfire and Approaching Storm 1998, est. $250,000-300,000. Bill’s Beechmont Bushfire Bristles


Lot 30, Jeffrey Smart, Study for Jacob Descending (1979), est. $140,000-180,000. Wish I’d taken the elevator


Lot 31, Brett Whiteley, Milk (1976), est. $250,000-350,000. This milk will never sour

Lot 38 Peter Purves Smith

Lot 38, Peter Purves Smith, Botanic Gardens 1949, est. $12,000-18,000. Rare Bird


Lot 39, Danila Vassilieff, Children Playing in Collingwood School (1939), est. $30,000-40,000. Worth making a Play for

Lot 45 Brett Whiteley

Lot 45, Brett Whiteley, Sydney Winter 1980, est. $150,000-200,000. It’s a Whiteley Wash


Lot 46, Joel Elenberg, Mask E (1979), est. $80,000-100,000. A Sculpture made in Heaven


Lot 47, Charles Blackman, The Game of Chess 1956, est. $1,000,000-1,200,000. “Check”, Mate

Lot 55 Elaine Haxton

Lot 55, Elaine Haxton, Kate and Blackie 1955, est. $7,000-10,000. You might get lucky


Lot 60, Charles Wheeler, Goldfish, 1911, est. $30,000-40,000. Gone Fishin’

Lot 65 Norman Lindsay

Lot 65, Norman Lindsay, A Casanova Lady 1929, est. $18,000-25,000. I’m a Fan


Lot 66, Arthur Streeton, Lilies and Bells 1936, est. $35,000-45,000. Far from a Still Life


Lot 80, Charles Blackman, Two Schoolgirls (1952), est. $8,000-12,000. Charles’ Charcoal Catch

lot 86 Albert Tucker

Lot 86, Albert Tucker, Girl 1950, est. $15,000-20,000. Girl with Grit

Lot 95 Guy Boyd

Lot 95, Guy Boyd, (Kneeling Woman), est. $8,000-12,000. Underrated


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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