Dave’s Faves for the Sotheby’s fine art auction on 28 April 2015

The first 43 lots of Sotheby’s autumn sale come from the collection of the late David Clarke AO, who concentrated on collecting the finest examples of an artist’s work.

Paintings by Brack, Friend, Whiteley, Drysdale, Nolan are just a few of the most esteemed Australian artists that will go under the hammer on 28 April in Sydney. We expect to see some very fierce bidding, as there are some truly outstanding artworks in the mix of the 111 lots on offer.

Dave’s Faves therefore are:

John Brack, Study for First Daughter

Lot 8, John Brack, Study for First Daughter, est. $15,000-$20,000

Lot 2 – Donald Friend, Australian Fantasy, 1964, est. $80,000-$120,000. Friend strikes Gold

Lot 6 – John Brack, Study for First Daughter (1955), est. $15,000-$20,000. Sketch of a sketch of a sketch

Lot 9 – Brett Whiteley, Study for Kingfisher, 1978, est. $350,000-$450,000. She’s got great curves

Lot 11 – Sidney Nolan, Elephant and Waterlilies 1963, est. $80,000-$120,000. Join the Stampede

Lot 20 – Michael Johnson, Ellamatta Ochre 2002-2003, est. $15,000-$25,000. Abstract Heaven

Lot 23 – Russell Drysdale, Landscape (circa 1966), est. $180,000-$220,000. Sublime

Lot 45 – Jeffrey Smart, Bicyclists, Bondi (circa 1963), est. $40,000-$50,000. Get a start into Smart

Lot 46 – Grace Cossington Smith, Garden Bunch 1946, est. $20,000-$30,000. Delightful, delovely, divine

Lot 47 – Donald Friend, The Watchers (circa 1962), est. $18,000-$25,000. Ceylon didn’t just produce great tea

Lot 49 – Jeffrey Smart, Study for Housing Project No. 84 (1970), est. $100,000-$140,000. No, this is not Zetland

Lot 51 – Charles Blackman, Schoolgirl at Gate 1953, est. $120,000-$140,000. Schoolgirl Series ’53 – buy me

Lot 54 –  Rah Fizelle, Olive Gatherers (1930), est. $30,000-$40,000. Unsung hero produces heroic painting

Lot 57 – Jeffrey Smart, Study for Miss Amhurst’s First Visit to Rome (1968-1969), est. $70,000-$90,000. Less, less, less = more, more, more

Lot 92 – Albert Namatjira, Haast’s Bluff, est. 15,000-$20,000. Mountain Range Magic

Lot 94 – Ray Crooke, Tobacco Farm, est. $8,000-$12,000. Don’t quit just yet!

Lot 108 – Edward Roper, Kangaroo Hunt, est. $12,000-$18,000. Count the Skippys – win a prize

Lot 111 – Hans Heysen, Travelling Sheep, 1910, est. $20,000-$30,000. Heysen at the height of his powers

You can view all images by visiting Sotheby’s Australia’s website.

If you would like to perform your due diligence before a major purchase, contact us for an independent pre-purchase report. Or give David a ring to discuss works you are interested in on the phone (02 9977 7764).

We will be attending the auction on the night, so can also bid for you.

The Melbourne viewing is on until Sunday, 19 April, at Levels 2 and 9, 41 Exhibition Street.

In Sydney, you can see all works from Thursday, 23 April until Tuesday, 28 April, at 30 & 34 Queen Street, Woollahra.

The auction is held on 28 April in Sydney at the Intercontinental Hotel.

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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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