Dave’s Faves: Spendsies at Menzies

Menzies offers us 144 lots in their 20 March auction held in Melbourne, from historical paintings by Henry Gritten, S.T. Gill, Eugene von Guerard and John Glover to the very contemporary works by Julia Ciccarone, Stephen Bush and Chris Langlois.

Here are my Dave’s Faves picks from the catalogue:

Lot 1 – Frank Hinder, Black/Yellow 1972, est. $4,500-$6,500. The price is right – come on down

Lot 2 – Donald Friend, Woman swallowed by mythical animal, est. $8,000-$12,000. Unfriendly

Lot 11 – Elaine Haxton, Untitled (Fishing Boats South England), 1950, est. $2,000-$3,000. Underrated, underpriced

Lot 17 – William Dobell, Trapping the Flying Fox, New Guinea, 1964, est. $15,000-$20,000. Dobell at his brilliant best

Lot 26 – Brett Whiteley, Pablina, 1974, est. $60,000-$80,000. Surreal meal

Lot 34 – William Robinson, Day and Night Landscape, 1991, est. $60,000-$80,000. Stars align

Lot 38 – Bessie Davidson, Still life – interior with jug and vase of flowers, est. $100,000-$140,000. Tribute to Cézanne

Lot 64 – Tim Storrier – The tree at the end of the Garden 1991, est. $16,000-$20,000. Pretty in pink

Lot 75 – Tom Roberts, Rain Cloud (Tasmania) c1928, est. $18,000-$24,000. Once owned by Nellie Melba

Lot 81 – Lisa Roet, Ham (Astro Chimp) 15, 2005, est. $4,000-$6,000. Roet roars

Lot 100 – Ludwid Hirschfeld Mack, Untitled, 1963, est. $3,800-$4,500. Studied under Paul Klee. Read more about this artist

Lot 101 – Chris Langlois, Seascape (indigo blue), no. 5 1999, est. $15,000-$20,000. One of Northern Beaches’ finest

Lot 109 – Tim Maguire, Untitled 2000u23, est. $8,000-$12,000. Early, red and undervalued

Lot 132 – Max Dupain, Lady with binoculars, Sydney Harbour Bridge 1938, est. $5,000-$7,000. Max’ modernist muse magnifique

Lot 134 – David Hockney, Paper pools 1980, est. $6,500-$7,500. One of Hockney’s best prints

Lot 135 – John Olsen, Laughing Frog 1977, est. $2,600-$3,400. Funny frog

Lot 136 – Brett Whiteley, Bird on a branch 1977, est. $5,000-$7,000. Bird going for a song

The Sydney viewing is from 6 to 9 March at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington, 11 am to 6 pm. In Melbourne, you can inspect the works from 13 to 19 March, 11 am to 6 pm, at Stonington Mansion, 336 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

Alternatively, you can visit the Menzies catalogue online.

If you would like us to perform due diligence on a painting and would like us to bid,  contact us on 02 9977 7764 or [email protected]

If you are after insider updates on the arts and my other Dave’s Faves go to CANVASS, the online magazine of the Art Consulting Association of Australia, issue 2, just out now. You’ll find a review of Melbourne Now at NGV, Dave’s Faves book reviews, who’s moving where and who’s doing what, an interview with Lynn Kraus, Sydney Office Managing Partner, Ernst & Young, and last but not least a crossword on photography.

Written by

David Hulme

David Hulme is an approved valuer for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts program and a member of the Art Consulting Association of Australia. David Hulme is also managing director at Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants, which is a highly respected art consultancy in Australia and has been in operation for over ten years. David also regularly comments on the Australian and international art market on national radio and in numerous local and national newspapers.

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