Sotheby’s autumn auction in Sydney on 9 April presents 81 lots of outstanding Australian art. This includes two oils by Russell Drysdale, a true rarity by this master of the Australian country town and outback landscape.
Another eye catcher will be lot 27 John Olsen’s “Seafood Paella” – however, a very big wall (and pocket) is required, as this late masterpiece from 2007 comes in five panels measuring 244 x 612 cm overall, with estimates of $700,000-900,000. In his “Faves” below, David has included two equally appealing, but smaller and perhaps more manageable offerings by the artist.
And of course the cover lot number 24: Charles Blackman’s “Dreaming Alice” from 1956 is a magical masterpiece in blue hues to make you swoon … as may do the estimates of $1,000,000 to $1,200,000.
Lot 62 is the international stand-out in the sale, and rare too: “Congo Landscape” 1945 (with the original frame from Zanzibar) is by revered South African artist Irma Stern, so we may well see some fierce phone bidding battles on the night.
This is a beautiful selection of fine art well worth viewing in person:
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