Auction Results

Brett Whiteley once more in the spotlight

Brett Whiteley’s Washing the Salt Off II 1984 was hotly contested at Sotheby’s Australia November 25 Sydney Important Australian & International Art auction, changing hands for $976,000 (including buyers premium) on a $800,000- $1,000,000 estimate.

The auction, comprising 72 paintings, reached $5.36 million – 65 per cent by volume and 102 per cent by value.

Seagull over Lavender Bay 1979 by the same artist sold for $732,000 – cementing...

Nellie Melba travelling clock brings strong bidding

After an inconspicuous start to Philips Auctions October sale, there was standing room only for both decorative arts and jewellery auctions on Sunday October 26 and Monday October 27.

Two hundred and thirty seven bidders crowded into the auction room for decorative arts, which resulted in a 75 per cent by volume sale rate, while 100 attended the jewellery sale for a 70 per cent volume sale rate result.

Prices continued to be strong for many of the jewellery...

18th century Italian gilt bureau a great auction result

A 1740s Italian Lacca Povera painted and parcel gilt bureau from Venice was the focus of intense bidding at Sotheby’s Australia October 29 Fine Asian, Australian and European Arts & Design auction – changing hands for an outstanding $67,100 including buyers premium.

The auction totalled $1.06 million – 66 per cent volume and 101 per cent by value.

A striking mould-blown Pairpoint ‘Apple Tree’ reverse painted glass and patinated metal table lamp achieved $24...

McCubbin painting auction a major plus

Mossgreen’s saleroom was packed on October 28 with anxious bidders for the highly anticipated auction of Frederick McCubbin’s masterpiece Mrs McCubbin Picking Blossom – never before seen at auction and one of the finest of his paintings still in private hands. 

Painted in 1890, the work represents a defining moment in Australian art history and the price of $1,342,000 (including buyers premium) did not disappoint, as it was one of the highest prices at...

Jean Paul Gaultier designer bonnet charity auction

A Mercedes Benz SL-class bonnet carrying a typical Jean Paul Gaultier design and signed by the international designer sold for $11,500 at Sotheby’s Australia October 29 auction with all the money donated to Brainwave – an organisation supporting those affected by paediatric neurological conditions on children and their families.

Comprising 334 lots, the sale featured an impressive selection of European art, furniture, silver and bronze and rare pieces of Asian art....

Penfolds Grange auction a great drawcard for collectors

It was a great day for wine buffs at Philips Auctions September sale when 25 bottles of Penfolds Grange Bin 95 were quickly snapped up.

The highest priced bottle was a 1994 vintage – which sold for $755 including buyers’ premium – while the others (apart from a bottle of 2007 which reached $542.80) each went for more than $600.

This result augurs well for Philips Auctions forthcoming October auction when about three dozen carefully cellared Penfolds wines (...

Global bids prevail in European furniture and art auction

A collection of European furniture and art dating from the Middle Ages attracted competitive global bidding when it went under the hammer on September 14 at Mossgreen.

It is the first time such an important collection has been auctioned in Australia and, when coupled with the Australian indigenous art on offer, sold for $1.74 million (or 164 per cent by value).

Given the success of the international bidders, many of the items are now set to return to Europe....

Silver-plated racing car inkwell brings strong competition

An early art deco German WMF inkwell with a silver-plated pewter racing car as its centrepiece almost tripled its auction estimate at Amanda Addams Auctions September sale when it sold for $3400.

Other good auction results included a pair of antique Cantonese figural and cameo decorated Famille rose ceramic vases that brought $1300 on a  $900-$1200 estimate.

Various items fared well including a rare late 18th century Tibetan bronze Lama Buddha,...

Classic Corvettes bring great auction prices

Eight Classic American Cars from the collection of photographer Neil Fletcher sold out at Mossgreen on September 1.

The eight cars realised a total of $453,474 with highlights including a 1960 Chevrolet Corvette C1 (LHD) which sold for $106,750 (inc. BP) against a pre-sale estimate of $65,000-85,000 and a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 (RHD) which sold for $82,960 (inc. BP) against a pre-sale estimate of $60,000-80,000.

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New Howard Arkley record

Virtual real estate appears to be performing as well as the real thing, with an enormous Howard Arkley painting setting a new auction record for the artist during lively bidding at Bonhams August auction, which reaped total sales of $2.2 million.

A Large House with Fence, 1998, painted the year before Arkley died, wassold to a private collector for $463,600, surpassing the previous artist record, set in 2007, of $401,442 for Family Home, 1988.

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