In their last auction of the year, Menzies present a diverse offering of 125 lots in their summer sale held in their South Yarra premises in Melbourne.
The star painting is without a doubt the cover lot: Jeffrey Smart’s “Outside the Ministry” from 1970, and it’s as impressive a Smart as you are ever going to see.
If you prefer landscapes to the urban, look out for the two cracking and well priced Fred Williams gouaches. And for aficionados of international prints: the (very rare) complete set of 4 screenprints of Muhammad Ali by Andy Warhol is on offer, as are two superb Lucian Freud etchings. There are also some small stand-out finds in the lower price range, for example two attractive Guy Boyd sculptures. In “Dave’s Faves” below you’ll find some more of the beautiful offerings that have caught our attention.
Even better of course is to have a look for yourself:
– in Sydney from 8 – 11 November at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington
– in Melbourne from 15 – 21 November at 1 Darling Street, South Yarra
The auction takes place on Thursday, 22 November, 6.30 pm, at 1 Darling Street, South Yarra.
Ask us for due diligence advice on any lots you are interested in, so you can make a fully informed decision before buying at auction. We will be attending the auction, so can assist you also with bidding on the night, and everything that goes with it.
Dave’s Faves for the Menzies auction are:
Lot 1 – Danila Vassilieff, Shakespeare Grove 1938, 33 x 40 cm, est. $20,000-30,000. As You Like It
Lot 4 – Percy Lindsay, Balmain, 32.5 x 47.5 cm, est. $4,000-6,000. Percy’s Perfect Paradise
Lot 7 – Fred Williams, Yering Vineyard 1981, est. $15,00-20,000. I’ll drink to this one
Lot 12 – Nicholas Harding, Eddy Avenue Bagman 2002, 180.5 x 160.5 cm, estimate $18,000-22,000. Bag This
Lot 19 – Hans Heysen, The White Gum, Ambleside 1968, 31 x 39 cm, estimates $10,000-15,000. Hans was 91 when he painted this
Lot 22 – Criss Canning, Bird of Paradise Vase with Tulips, 1996, 44 x 54 cm, estimates $12,000-18,000. Tip Toe Through The Tulips
Lot 23 – Cressida Campbell, Entwined Flannel Flowers 2013, 38.5 x 26.5 cm, est. $15,000-20,000. Flannel on Panel
Lot 24 – Tim Storrier, Ashes, Frame and Paper IV 2005, 39.5 x 49.5 cm, estimates $14,000-18,000. Ashes to Ashes, Fun to Funky
Lot 28 – Fred Williams, Avenel c1975, 56.5 x 75.5 cm, est. $35,000-45,000. The only Australian artist to have had a major exhibition at MOMA New York
Lot 30 – John Perceval, Ti Tree and She Oaks 1959, 73 x 91.5 cm, estimates $30,000-40,000. Fantastic Forest from Fifty Nine
Lot 34 – Charles Blackman, School Children at Paly, 1953, 56.5 x 64.5 cm, estimates $100,000-150,000. That Old Blackman Magic
35 – Tim Maguire, Untitled 20030101, 2003, 182 x 404 cm, est. $120,000-150,000. Big, Bold and Beautiful
Lot 40 – Jeffrey Smart, Outside the Ministry, 1970, 80 x 90 cm, est. $400,000-600,000. It’s Time to Step Up
Lot 62 – Lucian Freud, Portrait Head 2001, 59.5 x 46.5 cm, estimates $26,000-34,000. I Love Lucian
Lot 63 – John Passmore, Nude c1950, 91.5 x 68.5 cm, est. $15,000-20,000. Homage To Divisionism
Lot 80 – Charles Blackman, Sunset in the Park, 49.5 x 72.5 cm, est. $12,000-16,000. Dark Daze
Lot 82 – Natasha Bienek, Untitled (Magenta), 2012, 15 x 20 cm, est. $6,000-8,000. One Potato, Couch Potato
Lot 89 – Guy Boyd, Dancer, 63.5 cm high, estimates $3,000-5,000. Darling Sculpture
Lot 93 – John Coburn, Across the Plains 1978, 35 x 45 cm, est. $6,000-9,000. Don’t Worry Be Happy
Lot 116 – Sam Byrne, Dust Storm Coming over Silver City, 60 x 75.5 cm, est. $3,000-5,000. Slim’n Dusty
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