Timed online auction for important Aboriginal art collection

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 18th August, 2020

The Peter and Renate Nahum collection of Aboriginal Art, London: Part II timed online auction courtesy of Australian auction house Deutscher and Hackett ends at 7pm on August 19.

Conducted during Australia’s ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the auction is being conducted from its Sydney office.

The first part of the collection was auctioned on July 15 in Melbourne (which at that stage was operating under renewed Stage 3 restrictions imposed by the Victorian government to slow rapidly rising infection numbers) with amazing results – including an artist record of $2,822,726 (including buyer’s premium) for Fred Williams’ Hummock in a Landscape 1967.

Known the world over (Peter spent 17 years with Sotheby’s in London before in 1984 establishing his own gallery at St James that concentrated on high quality 19th and 20th century British art), the two became avid collectors of Aboriginal art which they have now decided to sell.

This is the perfect opportunity for art collectors to pick up works by important indigenous artists rarely seen on the secondary market.

The timed online auction features several household name Aboriginal artists including Freddie Timms Claypan 1999 (lot 1), Gloria Petyarre’s Bush Medicine 1999 (lot 2), Nolan Tjapangati’s Untitled 1988 (lot 58) and Ita Tipungwuti’s Yirrikamani Jilamara 2009 (lot 55).

There are plenty of bark paintings among the collection including James Iyuna’s Ngaloyd 2006 (lot 7), Benny Barndawunga’s Mimih Spirit Dancing 1990 (lot 8 ), Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra’s Crocodile Dreaming II 1991 (lot 19) and Wally Mandarrk’s Hunter and Birds c1980 (lot 16).

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