Dave’s Faves Sneak Preview Summer Auctions 2020

Art sales at auction have been extremely successful in the last several months, defying predictions. The fine art sales of Deutscher + Hackett in July, and in September at Smith & Singer, Shapiro’s, Leonard Joel and Davidson Auctions all reported total sales values of well over 100%, eclipsing their pre-sale high estimates.

So we are looking forward with great interest to the summer auction round, as there are some particularly exciting pictures being offered on the Australian market, many of which have been off-market for decades.

It will be initiated by Deutscher + Hackett’s “Extraordinary auction for extraordinary times” on 11th November in Melbourne, with a specially devoted section of “Twenty Classics of Australian Art”. A $10 to $12 million dollar offering no less.

The D+H star lot is Russell Drysdale’s “Going to the Pictures” from 1941, with estimates of $2,500,000 to $3,500,000. “This is a once-in-lifetime event. Without doubt it’s the most important Drysdale I have seen at auction”, according to art critic Christopher Heathcote. Chris Deutscher was quoted in the Australian Financial Review saying that in his 45 years in the industry “It felt like the most important consignment I have ever made in my career”.

Deutscher + Hackett: Russell Drysdale, Going to the Pictures, 1941, oil on canvas, 46 x 55.5 cm, est. $2,500,000-3,500,000

Other superb paintings on offer are an iconic early painting of Venice by Arthur Streeton from 1908, Howard Arkley with a quintessential Australian suburban home and Fred Williams with a magnificent Lysterfield landscape.

Mid-November will be the time for Smith & Singer’s Important Australian Fine Art sale held in Sydney on 18th November. Two wonderful landscapes from the 19th and 20th centuries by Australian impressionist master Walter Withers and modern master Fred Williams are among their stand-outs. They also offer a particularly striking and early Ned Kelly picture from 1955 by Sidney Nolan estimated at $550,000-$750,000.

Menzies have scheduled their auction the day after Smith & Singer on 19th November, also in Sydney. Watch out for their very appealing Jeffrey Smart “The Billboards II”, 1969-70, and William Robinson’s magnificent “The Sacred Rocks, Carnarvon”.

My feeling is that some of the greatest art that we have seen all year will be offered in these next three end-of-year sales.

We are looking forward to finding out more about the art to be offered in all three of these premium tier auctions and bring you “Dave’s Faves” for all as soon as the catalogues are published and details are available.

Deutscher + Hackett: Howard Arkley, Eastern Suburbs Pink Home, 1991, est. $700,000-900,000

Deutscher + Hackett: Russell Drysdale, Going to the Pictures, 1941, oil on canvas, 46 x 55.5 cm, est. $2,500,000-3,500,000

Deutscher + Hackett: Fred Williams, Hillside at Lysterfield, 1967, est. $1,500,000-2,000,000

Deutscher + Hackett: Arthur Streeton, Blue Lagoon, Fringed round with Palaces, c1908, est. $400,000-600,000

Smith & Singer: Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly: In the Bush, 1955, enamel paint on composition board, 61.2 x 51.3 cm, est. $550,000-750,000

Smith & Singer: Walter Withers, After the Heat of the Day, 1891, oil on canvas, 95 x 127.5 cm, est. $150,000-250,000

Smith & Singer: Fred Williams, Lysterfield Landscape, 1968, oil on canvas, 91.6 x 107.3 cm, est. $450,000-650,000

Menzies: Jeffrey Smart, The Billboards II, 1969-70, oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm, est. $250,000-350,000

Menzies: William Robinson, The Sacred Rocks, Carnarvon, oil on linen, 122 x 183 cm, est. $250,000-350,000

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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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