Auction Results

A Smart new record for Jeffrey at Australian auction

Australian artist Jeffrey Smart’s The Observer II 1983-1984 set a new artist’s record of $2 million including buyer’s premium when it was knocked down to a room bidder at Menzies 20th anniversary auction in Melbourne on April 26.

With an opening bid of $700,000 going up in $50,000 increments, it came down to a contest between phone bidders and those in the Menzies Melbourne auction rooms.

The previous record of $1,260,000 for a Jeffrey Smart work was set at...

Ashes urn sells at auction for $80,600

The 1909 Ashes urn, presented by Lady Darnley to Australia’s Test cricket captain Monty Noble following his team’s victory over England, sold for $80,6000 on Thursday December 7 at Leonard Joel’s auction in Melbourne.

The urn – one of only three still known to be in private hands (the other two are on loan to the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum) – is one of the most important pieces of cricketing memorabilia to appear on the market for many years – and the pinnacle for any sporting...

Auction confidence continues in Australian art market

Arthur Boyd’s Moby Dick Hill sold for $1.2 million at Sotheby’s Australia’s Sydney August 16 sale and became the third highest priced work at auction for the artist.

Sotheby’s Australia chairman Geoffrey Smith said the result was a testament to the genius of an artist who, following World War II, encapsulated the urgency and vitality of an Expressionist style that contributed significantly to the history and development of 20th century Australian art.

“This...

British artist surprises auction goers

In what undoubtedly surprised many auction goers, British painter Cedric Morris’s (1889-1982) modest little work July Flowers and Wood Warblers sold for $287,500 (including buyer’s premium) – almost 24 times its upper catalogue estimate of $12,000 – at Menzies Melbourne auction on August 10.

This was a new world record for Morris who, at the time he completed the work in the 1920s, was living in rural Suffolk and painted richly decorative flower studies....

Drysdale painting achieves auction artist record

Russell Drysdale’s masterpiece Grandma’s Sunday Walk 1972 sold this week at auction in Adelaide through Mossgreen for a new artist’s record of $2.97 million against a pre-auction estimate of $1.8 million.

The Australian painter, who died in June 1981, achieved new fame with the sale as the painting realised the fifth highest price at auction for an Australian artwork.

Realising a record result for any auction ever held in South Australia, Mossgreen...

Strong results at Menzies auction

French 20th century master Fernand Léger’s 1943 painting China Town sold for $1,840,909 (including buyer’s premium) at Menzies February auction in Melbourne.

The sale realised a healthy $7,416,464 (84 per cent by volume and 83 per cent by value) and once again Brett Whiteley’s pre-eminent place at the top of the Australian market was reinforced with the seven of his works changing hands.

These ranged from $9818 for a small ink drawing of a...

Whiteley sets the pace at September auction

In a sign that iconic Australian artist Brett Whiteley is currently driving the art market, Menzies Art Brands sold 15 of his works at its two-day September auction.

The works comprised a diverse range of large oils, mixed media portraits, drawings and prints.

Whiteley’s two major paintings – The Sunrise, Japanese: Good Morning! and Gaugin – brought prices commensurate with his popularity and the importance of the works (respectively $1,681,...

Colonial paintings resonate well with buyers

Eugene von Guerard’s View of Hobart Town, with Mount Wellington in the Background sold recently for $1,562,500 including buyer’s premium to an anonymous Melbourne buyer who is moving away from artists of the Modern era and taking a strong position in earlier Australian art.

The painting by Australia’s most important 19th century artist was the star attraction at Menzies June auction and represented almost 20 per cent of the $8,426,454 total sale...

Former NGV curator's estate brings a tidy sum

Former National Gallery of Victoria curator the late Jennifer Phipps’ estate brought more than $370,000 at Mossgreen’s auction last week.   

The catalogue cover lot, Robert Rooney's Canine Capers I (1968), sold for $39,680 - a record for the artist at auction.    

Phipps nurtured the creativity of artists both in Australia and overseas and her collection reflected this, with works by contemporary artists such as Richard Larter...

High quality auction items bring great results

Philips Auctions first decorative arts sale for 2016 in February showed pleasing results for high quality items and those with good provenance.

Four Stuart Devlin silver creations – presented many years ago by the artist to the vendor (a close friend) – sold for $3000 including buyer’s premium, more than twice the low catalogue estimate.

The 84-year-old Geelong-born gold and silversmith is famous for winning the competition to design Australia’s decimal coinage...

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