Dave’s Faves Trifecta with Bonhams, Sotheby’s, Deutscher + Hackett

Be prepared for a serious top tier art auction round before the end of the year: from 24 to 26 November we will see Bonhams, Sotheby’s and Deutscher + Hackett offer their selections back to back, and on 10 December, Menzies will close 2014 with their last auction held in Melbourne.

Today, David is looking at the November trifecta of auctions, so let’s start Dave’s Faves with the very first one: Bonhams’ offering on 24 November in Sydney:

Tom Roberts - On the Beach, Port Macquarie

Bonhams lot 1: Tom Roberts






Lot 1 – Tom Roberts, On the Beach, Port Macquarie, 1896, estimate $120,000-150,000. Tom leaves a lasting impression

Lot 17 – James R. Jackson, Waiting, 1919, est. $8,000-12,000. An early gem of a Jackson

Lot 19 – Charles Meere, Still Life, 1940, est. $7,000-10,000. Nothing “mere” about this Meere

Lot 27 – Rammy Ramsey, Untitled (My Country), 2007, est. $5,000-7,000. Dreamy, steamy

Lot 42 –  Arthur Boyd, The Prodigal Son, 1946-47, est. $600,000-800,000. Prized, Prodigal and Provenanced

To see the Bonhams catalogue online, go to www.bonhams.com


Sotheby’s follow with their sale on 25 November, also in Sydney, and here are David’s picks:

Sali Herman, Broken Hill Landscape

Sotheby’s lot 47: Sali Herman

Lot 5 – Justin O’Brien, Tuscan Kitchen (1984), est. $50,000-70,000. A jewel by Justin

Lot 17 – Jeffrey Smart, Self Portrait, 1964, est. $250,000-350,000. Early genius revealed

Lot 21 – Arthur Streeton, Cairo, est. $30,000-40,000. Blue sky bliss

Lot 22 – Tom Roberts, With wistful Eyes, 1889, est. $60,000-80,000. Where did you get that hat?

Lot 46 – Jeffrey Smart, Study for satellite receiver (1974), est. $50,000-70,000. Take us to your leader!

Lot 47 – Sali Herman, Broken Hill Landscape, 1947, est. $20,000-30,000.  Sali strikes gold in Broken Hill

Lot 49 – Sidney Nolan, Landscape, 1950, est. $8,000-12,000. Luminous Landscape

Lot 54 – Ethel Spowers, Island of the Dead, 1927, est. $18,000-25,000. Full of Life

Lot 56 –  Thea Proctor, The Rose, 1927, est. $8,000-12,000. A rose is a rose is a rose

Lot 63 – Elioth Gruner, Still Life, 1932, est. $15,000-20,000. Backlit Blossoms

Lot 64 – Janet Cumbrae-Stewart, Admiring the Lace (1925), est. $8,000-12,000. Pastel Perfection

Sotheby’s online viewing is at www.sothebysaustralia.com.au


And Dave’s Faves for Deutscher + Hackett are here below; their sale takes place in Melbourne on 26 November:

Deutscher + Hackett lot 17A, Clarice Beckett, Ti-Tree at Evening (Beaumaris) - A soothing Oil

Deutscher + Hackett lot 17A Clarice Beckett

Lot 10 – Yinka Shonibare, Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, 2007, est. $40,000-60,000. Worth fighting for

Lot 11 – William Kentridge, Telephone Lady, 2000, est. $38,000-48,000. “It’s for you!”

Lot 14 – Jeffrey Smart, Ostia, 1969-70, est. $350,000-450,000. More great Smarts come of out of the closet

Lot 17a – Clarice Beckett, Ti-Tree at Evening (Beaumaris), c1932. A soothing Oil

Lot 18 – Norman Lindsay, A Pensive Mood, c1935, est. $35,000-45,000. Lascivious

Lot 21 – Lyndon Dadswell, Maquette for “Figure Group”, 1954 (cast 1986), est. $30,000-40,000. All’s well that Dadswell

Lot 26 – Ray Crooke, Islanders, c1965, est. $20,000-30,000. Interesting early Crooke

Lot 32 – Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly Head, 1956, est. $15,000-20,000. Ned Kelly lives

Lot 48 – Ricky Swallow, Evolution in Order of Appearance, 1999, est. $8,000-12,000. Satisfies my skull fetish

Lot 51 – David Boyd, Angel, 1976, est. $5,000-7,000. Cute

Lot 72 – Max Dupain, Nude behind Mesh, 1930s, est. $4,500-6,500. Max Ray

To view the Deutscher + Hackett catalogue online, visit www.deutscherandhackett.com


If you are interested in any of the works on offer, let us know as soon as possible. We can assist you with due diligence reports on any lots before the auction and can also bid on the night for you in Melbourne or Sydney.

As one of our clients puts it: “Being a novice art collector I benefit greatly from the experience of David and Brigitte across the whole spectrum of buying, from their initial views on paintings and artists, the appraisals of the paintings themselves (particularly as I live overseas, so I’m unable to view them physically) to the bidding at auction and collection of the pieces. It’s an invaluable service for me.”

If you would like to find out what we can do for you, contact David on 0466 313 095, or send us an email to [email protected]


Personal viewing and auction dates are as follows:

Bonhams personal viewing and auction date

Melbourne: 14-16 November, Como House, Como Avenue, South Yarra

Sydney: 21-24 November, Byron Kennedy Hall, Moore Park

Auction: 24 November, 6.30 pm, Byron Kennedy Hall, Moore Park


Sotheby’s preview and auction

Melbourne: 13-16 November, Level 9, 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Sydney: 20-25 November, 30 Queen Street, Woollahra

Auction: 25 November, 6.30 pm, International Hotel Sydney


Deutscher + Hackett preview and auction

Sydney: 13-16 November, 55 Oxford Street, Surry Hills (cnr Pelican Street)

Melbourne: 20-25 November, 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Auction: 26 November, 7 pm, 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra



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