Dave’s Faves for the Menzies Auction on 9 August 2018

Menzies’ Winter Auction in Sydney on 9 August incorporates some very interesting collections.

Lots 1 – 20 and then again lots 81 – 114 are from the Sandra and Peter Geyer collection of contemporary art, and it is a cracking offering: sculpture, photography, works on paper, oils, Australian and international by some of the greatest names in contemporary art – Antony Gormley, William Kentridge, Bill Henson, Noel McKenna, Tracey Moffatt, the list goes on. Plus they come with the excellent provenance of some of Australia’s premier contemporary art galleries.

Another bonus is the lower entry point for contemporary art: estimates for some works start from just $2,000.

Lots 115 – 134 represent Australian Indigenous art from the Dr. Michael and Mrs Patricia Bernard collection, and boasts as well some of the outstanding artists in this field: Emily Kngwarreye, Rover Thomas, Minnie Pwerle to name a few.

The auction is an extensive offering with 176 lots, and well worth visiting in person:

in Melbourne from you can view from 26 to 29 July, at 1 Darling Street, South Yarra,

in Sydney from 2 to 9 August at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington.

For due diligence and advice on any artworks in this sale before purchase and bidding on the night, contact us on [email protected] or 02 9977 7764.

We would be delighted to assist you as a sounding board with expert intelligence on the Australian art market to further your collection.

You can view the whole catalogue at the Menzies website.

And here are your Dave’s Faves:

Lot 1 Jan Nelson

Lot 1 – Jan Nelson, Walking in Tall Grass, Olivia, 77 x 59 cm, est. $12,000-16,000. Not Happy Jan

Lot 5 Noel McKenna

Lot 5 – Noel McKenna, Vase with Musical Notes, 29 cm high, est. $2,500-3,500. More Tweets Than Donald Trump

Lot 8 Sally Gabori

Lot 8 – Sally Gabori, Dibirdibi Country, 152 x 101.5 cm, est. $7,000-10,000. A Long Tall Sally

Lot 21 Brett Whiteley

Lot 21 – Brett Whiteley, Female Nude, 75.5 x 55 cm, est. $20,000-30,000. In the Pink in Ink

Lot 32 Arthur Boyd Bride

Lot 32 – Arthur Boyd, Bride Dreaming by a Pool, 122 x 153 cm, est. $200,000-300,000. Married at First Sight

Lot 36 Brett Whiteley Dove and Moon

Lot 36 – Brett Whiteley, The Dove and the Moon, 52.5 x 47.5 cm, est. $450,000-550,000. I’m Coming Over all Lovey Dovey

Lot 37 – Jeffrey Smart, Bus by the Tiber, 66 x 84 cm, est. $750,000-950,000. Don’t Miss This Bus

Lot 40 Arthur Streeton

Lot 40 – Arthur Streeton, Self Portrait, 61.5 x 33 cm, est. $40,000-60,000. Streeton Strutts His Stuff

Lot 42 Charles Blackman

Lot 42 – Charles Blackman, An Illusion of Children, 137.5 x 91.5 cm, est. $80,000-120,000. This Painting With The X Factor was Owned by Max Factor

Lot 51 Just O'Brien

Lot 51 – Justin O’Brien, Panegyric Skyros, 40.5 x 29.5 cm, est. $20,000-30,000. Hallelujah!

Lot 53 John Kelly

Lot 53 – John Kelly, Stig, 45.5 x 60 cm, est. $8,000-12,000. Can You Top This Gear?

Lot 65 Fred Williams

Lot 65 – Fred Williams, Almerton Landscape, 36.5 x 54 cm, est. $14,000-18,000. Gouache Not Gauche

Lot 66 Hans Heysen

Lot 66 – Hans Heysen, The Quarries, Mount Lofty, 32 x 40 cm, est. $15,000-20,000. Magic Mountain

Lot 71 John Olsen

Lot 71 – John Olsen, Frog, 36.5 x 33 cm, est. $5,000-7,000. Froggy Fun For All

Lot 72 William Robinson

Lot 72 – William Robinson, Afternoon Light, Darlington, 22.5 x 32.5 cm, est. $5,000-7,000. Billy Boils

Lot 113 max Dupain

Lot 113 – Max Dupain, Opera House in Construction – Stage 1, 41.5 x 39 cm, est. $3,000-4,000. Camera Obscura

Lot 120 Minnie Pwerle

Lot 120 – Minnie Pwerle, Awelye Atnwengerrp, 91.5 x 122 cm, est. $5,000-7,000. Pearl of a Pwerle

Lot 141 Tim Storrier

Lot 141 – Tim Storrier, Dusk – The Night Runner, 103 x 151.5 cm, est. $20,000-28,000. Run This One Up

Lot 149 James R Jackson

Lot 149 – James R. Jackson, Middle Harbour, Sydney, 43 x 53 cm, est. $5,000-7,000. Trip The Light Fantastic

Lot 151 Charles Meere

Lot 151 – Charles Meere, Viaduct (Dinan sur la Rance), 44.5 x 55.5 cm, est. $5,000-8,000. Not Quite A Weir from Meere

Lot 165 de Chirico

Lot 165 – Giorgio de Chirico, Untitled (Study of a Horse), 21.5 x 29 cm, est. $5,000-8,000. It’s a Horse of Course

Lot 171 Brett Whiteley

Lot 171 – Brett Whiteley, Vincent (An Essay in Opposites), 211 x 91.5 cm, est. $8,000-12,000. Have You Got The Eye?


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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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