Dave’s Faves for Sotheby’s Auction on 27 August 2019

Among the 87 lots offered at Sotheby’s sale of Important Australian Art on 27 August, there are several multiple offerings from a number of Australian masters – including not surprisingly Arthur Boyd, Hans Heysen, Sidney Nolan, Arthur Streeton, Norman Lindsay and William Dobell.

More surprising perhaps is the appearance of four works by Cressida Campbell. But on reflection, given recent auction results demonstrating her status as the current darling of the contemporary art market, perhaps not.

There are some extraordinary museum-quality paintings in this sale, and David has put some of them together for our “Dave’s Faves” below.

You can view the paintings in person at:

in Melbourne at 14-16 Collins Street, from 13 – 18 August

in Sydney at 30 Queen Street, from 22 – 27 August.

The entire auction catalogue is of course available online at Sotheby’s.

The auction is held on Tuesday, 27 August 2019, 6.30 pm at the Hotel Intercontinental in Sydney.

For independent advice and intelligent due diligence prior to purchasing, contact us if an artwork has caught your eye.

We will be attending the auction on the night, representing clients discreetly, and can therefore offer you a complete professional auction service prior, during and after the sale. Simply email us at [email protected] or phone 02 9977 7764 for more information.

And Dave’s Faves for the Sotheby’s Auction on 27 August in Sydney are:

Lot 1 – Brett Whiteley, Blue Painting 1960, 64.5 x 65.5 cm, est. $55,000-70,000. “Kind of Blue” 1959 (with a nod to Miles Davis)

Lot 5 – John Olsen, Spring (2002), 191 x 100 cm, est. $60,000-80,000. Put a “Spring” in your Step

Lot 6 – Fred Williams, You-Yangs Landscape (1966), 66 x 57 cm, est. $55,000-65,000. Yes, You-Yang!

Lot 13 – Howard Arkley, Rococo Rhythm 1992, 173.5 x 138.8 cm, est. $800,000-1,000,000. This is no time for a Captain Snooze

Lot 7 – Cressida Campbell, Interior with Cat 2010, 92 x 50 cm, est. $100,000-120,000. Cat Got The Cream

Lot 15 – Margaret Preston, Still Life 1917, 64.3 x 53.7 cm, est. $100,000-150,000. Oranges are not the only fruit

Lot 20 – Arthur Streeton, Towong Gap (1930), 63.9 x 76.3 cm, est. $100,000-150,000. Is that a Ford Model or a Model-T Ford?

Lot 22 – Ethel Carrick, The Market 1919, 75 x 100 cm, est. $1,200,000-1,600,000. Well, are you in the market or aren’t you?

Lot 29 – Eugene von Guerard, Lake Wakatipu, with Mount Earnslaw, New Zealand (1877), 34.7 x 62.1 cm, est. $100,000-150,000. Eugene at his Peak

Lot 45 – Sidney Nolan, Kelly Study VI, 1962, 152.7 x 122 cm, est. $220,000-280,000. You might need to put up a fight for this one

Lot 47 – Tim Storrier, Incendiary Line, 137 x 290 cm, est. $120,000-160,000. All Fired Up

Lot 48 – Arthur Boyd, Shoalhaven with Cockatoo, 38.5 x 30.5 cm, est. $15,000-20,000. Cock-a-hoop Cockatoo

Lot 53 – Arthur Boyd, Irrigation Lake, Wimmera (1980), 91.5 x 122 cm, est. $100,000-140,000. Back a Winner with Wimmera

Lot 58 – Margaret Preston, Wheelflower (1929), 44 x 44.3 cm, est. $35,000-45,000. Not Wallflower – Wallpower!

Lot 59 – Cressida Campbell, Still Life with LIlies and Ranunculus (2006), 107 x 66.7 cm, est. $50,000-70,000. If you seek the Unique

Lot 61 – Nora Heysen, A Study 1931, 47.5 x 53 cm, est. $30,000-40,000. Best Thing since Sliced Bread

Lot 62 – Hans Heysen, Approaching Storm with Bushfire Haze 1913, 55 x 73 cm, est. $35,000-45,000. Bushies escape the Bushfire

Lot 63 – Hans Heysen, White Gums. A Study, 30.2 x 38 cm, est. $2,000-3,000. Monochrome Magic for not much Money

Lot 70 – Russell Drysdale, Man with Ram (1941), 30.3 x 22.7 cm, est. $25,000-35,000. Once owned by Dr. Joseph Brown

Lot 71 – Sidney Nolan, Headland 1964, 122 x 122 cm, est. $60,000-80,000. One small Step for Sidney

Lot 76 – Lin Onus, Guyi Buypuru (Fish and River Rock) (1995), 91 x 121.5 cm, est. $150,000-180,000. How Many 👍 Likes for Lin?

Lot 78 – William Robinson, Tea with Rock Cakes 2014, 30.7 x 35.7 cm, est. $25,000-35,000. Rockin’ Robinson

Lot 81 – Dale Frank, His Talent Was Like Being Stuck Behind a Long Vehicle 2012, 200 x 260 cm, est. $30,000-40,000. I rather like being stuck behind this long vehicle


Sotheby's Fine Art Auction
Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street,NSW
Starting on
August 27, 2019
Ending on
August 27, 2019
Sotheby's Auction of Important Australian Art.

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