Auction Results

Impressionist painter sets new Australian art record

Impressionist painter John Peter Russell (1859-1930) is the new high flyer in the Australian art world with an artist auction record of almost $4 million for his painting Souvenir de Belle-Ile, 1897 (Marianna Russell with Goats, Goulphar, Belle-Ile) (lot 23) at Deutscher and Hackett’s Melbourne auction on August 16.

The actual figure of $3,927,273 including buyer’s premium also eclipsed Australian auction records for an impressionist painting in a sale that...

Buyers enthused by Australian "An Eye for Beauty" auction

Auction goers did not need much persuasion to snap up many of the items at Melbourne-based Leski Auctions “An Eye for Beauty” private collection sale on July 22 and 23 with an antique 19th/20th century Chinese reticulated segmented porcelain vase housed in its original fitted box (lot 390) bringing the top hammer price of $9500 – more than nine times the catalogue estimate.

An impressive 19th century Indian Kutch silver lidded bowl...

Alan Davidson auction collection irresistible to buyers

The extensive cricket memorabilia collection of former Australian fast bowling great the late Alan Davidson proved irresistible to collectors during Melbourne-based Abacus Auctions three-day sale from June 28-30 when three of his baggy green Test caps and one belonging to former West Indian cricket captain Sir Frank Worrell (1924-1967) sold within or above their catalogue estimates.

Apart from sporting memorabilia, the auction, with 77 per cent of the 2360 lots...

Fred Williams sets art auction record for work on paper

While modern Australian landscape artist Fred Williams (1927-1982) dominated proceedings on June 28 at Menzies Sydney art auction with three of his works among the sale’s top 10 prices, he also set a new auction record for one of his works on paper when Upwey Landscape No. 1, 1970 (lot 21) sold for $147,272 including buyer’s premium against a pre-sale estimate of $60,000-$80,000.

Williams Kew Billabong, 1976 (lot 26) took top billing with a $1,227,...

Melbourne artist's indigenous auction collection gives a solid performance

Almost 70 per cent of the part of his indigenous art collection that Melbourne-based artist James Smeaton’s entrusted for a timed online auction on June 6 with Deutscher and Hackett sold, with many of the works achieving above catalogue estimate prices.

The top selling painting was Makinti Napanangka’s Untitled, 2003 (lot 5) which was knocked down for $28,000 against an $18,000-$25,000 estimate.

Willy Tjungurrayi’s Untitled (Tingari), 1981 (...

Art and tribal artefacts dominate top results at Melbourne auction

Led by Theodore Penleigh Boyd’s (1880-1923) Manly (lot 1161), which sold for $48,000 (including buyer’s premium), Australian paintings and tribal artefacts dominated the top 10 results at Leski Auctions Australian & Historical sale on May 27 and 28 in Melbourne.

Eighty-six per cent of the 1383 lots on offer sold by volume with the surprise being a Papua New Guinea carved wooden ancestral spiritual figure (lot 1099) collected by Australian ex-pat John Lean...

Tiffany dragonfly lamp a top result for Melbourne auction house

A bronze and glass dragonfly lamp with the shade from New York’s Tiffany Studios (lot 179) more than doubled its catalogue estimate when knocked down for $32,000 at Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions two-day autumn series sale on May 28 and 29.

Last sold in 1994, the lamp was the highest seller at an auction where 66 per cent of the 464 lots on offer changed hands.

A large Chinese Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) bronze censer (lot 55) brought more than four times its...

Melbourne art auction a pleasing result for vendors

Deutscher and Hackett’s Melbourne May 23 Modern, Contemporary and Traditional art auction was no doubt pleasing for all vendors involved when all but four of the 30 works on offer sold mainly within or above estimates.

The highest price was obtained for Adam Cullen’s Mongolian Fighting Stallions, 2007 (lot 12) which went under the hammer for $35,000, right at the top of its estimate.

Albert Tucker’s Ibis in Flight (lot 17) streaked past its...

Australian indigenous art collection popular with auction goers

Alison Kelly’s indigenous art collection was popular with auction goers when offered for sale on May 8 in Melbourne by Gibson’s Auctions.

Most of the art works sold within or above their catalogue estimates with iconic artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s (circa 1909-1996) My Country 1994 (lot 30) achieving the highest price of $38,000.

Kelly has had a strong connection with artists, art collectors and non-profit indigenous owned art centres ever since 2000...

Artist Russell Drysdale shows his true auction worth

Buyers must hang out for the opportunity to buy paintings by Russell Drysdale (1912-1981) – especially ones fresh to the secondary market – and then are willing to pay top dollar for the privilege of owning them.

So it proved on May 3, when Deutscher and Hackett offered Children Dancing, 1950 (lot 12) at its Melbourne auction of Important Australian and International Fine Art.

The painting sold for $2,025,000 including buyer’s premium, the second...


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