Auction Results

Iconic artists prove popular at Melbourne auction

Australian paintings from iconic artists are continuing to prove popular with buyers and Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions Australian & International Art sale on Sunday April 10 proved no exception when the 161 works on offer sold for 141 per cent of their catalogue estimates.

Out in front was Arthur Streeton’s landscape The Stone Bridge circa 1930 (lot 3) which sold for $91,500 (including buyer’s premium) on a $25,000-$35,000 catalogue estimate while...

Old parliamentary furniture proves popular at auction

A collection of furniture dating back to 1880 and mothballed by the Victorian Parliament for up to 80 years attracted bidders galore anxious to obtain a slice of parliamentary history at Gibson’s Auctions online auction that ended from 10am on Monday April 4.

Ninety-seven per cent of items sold realising 272 per cent by value. Top seller was lot 140, a pair of 19th century late Victorian upholstered couches, that changed hands for $4148 (including buyer’s...

"Auction first" painting proves popular at Sydney art sale

“Auction first” paintings are always popular – so it was no surprise that John Brack’s (1920-1999) The Wedding Breakfast 1960 (lot 30) sold for $1,043,182 including buyer’s premium at Menzies Important Australian & International auction on March 31 in Sydney.

The hammer price of $850,000 almost reached the $900,000-$1.2 million catalogue estimate for a painting (depicting the cutting of the wedding cake) central to the artist’s Wedding series created for...

Artist records abound at Melbourne Aboriginal art auction

On a night when iconic indigenous artists Rover Thomas (Joolama) ((c1926-1998) and Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1910-1996) dominated proceedings at Deutscher and Hackett’s Important Australian Aboriginal Art in Melbourne on March 30, a much-loved compatriot Albert Namatjira (1902-1959) achieved an artist auction record for his watercolour entitled Glen Helen Gorge (lot 2), changing hands for $122,727 including buyer’s premium – more than twice its high catalogue estimate....

Massive Australian auction result for lowly estimated ceramic creations

For some reason, Melbourne-based Leski Auctions estimated lot 610 – an attractive pair of Chinese ceramic peanut ornaments and 20th century Persian-style censer, part of its two-day Decorative Arts & Collectables March 26-27 sale – at only $120-$200.

The final price could only be regarded as an auctioneer’s masterstroke as spirited bidding saw the items sell for $50,190 including the buyer’s premium.

A stunning, signed early 20th...

New and old furniture mix in Melbourne auction result

The comparatively modern blended with furniture several hundreds of years old to comprise the top 10 sale items at Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions Autumn Auction Series on Sunday March 27.

On one hand, there was Austro-Hungarian furniture designer and cabinetmaker Schulim Krimper’s (1893-1971) circa 1954 blackbean dining suite(lot 167)  holding centre stage with a $17,080 (including buyer’s premium) result – while on the other a circa 1760 George III oak...

Elenberg sculpture sells at Melbourne auction for massive price

The late Martin Sachs would have been pleased that his good artist friend Joel Elenberg’s (1948-1980) Untitled marble sculpture (lot 46) achieved such a massive result at Melbourne-based Leski Auctions sale on Tuesday March 8.

The sculpture was listed in the catalogue at $15,000-$25,000 but spirited bidding saw it eventually sell for $292,775 including buyer’s premium.

A Polish Jew who migrated to Australia in 1948 and became a successful builder and...

Gibson's Auctions staff happy at first live auction result for 2022

Staff at Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions were over the moon with the 131 per cent by value result of their first live auction for 2022 – the Interiors sale on Sunday February 6.

While the top selling lot was a 19th century Anglo-Colonial Padouk centre table (lot 385), that sold for $19,520 (including buyer’s premium) on an $8000-$12,000 catalogue estimate, the two major collections of the late Claude Ullin AM and the Bloomfield/Taylor family also exceeded...

Australia's top artists high flyers in NAB auction results

Jeffrey Smart’s (1921-2013) The Footbridge, 1975 (lot 6) – showing his trademark ability to evoke the classical stillness, geometry and light of Italian Renaissance paintings – fetched the top hammer price of $800,000 ($981,818 including buyer’s premium) at Deutscher and Hackett’s Melbourne National Australia Bank art auction on February 22.

The auction totalled $10,555,772 including buyers’ premiums, with 99 per cent sold by volume and 192 per cent by value...

Sidney Nolan can pull any art auction crowd

Even Sidney Nolan’s (1917-1992) lesser works triple estimates when auction buyers get the bug. And so it proved at Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions Summer Art sale on February 23 when an oil on paper work entitled Greece (lot 55) changed hands for $3904 (including buyer’s premium) against a catalogue estimate of $800-$1200.

Aboriginal artist Freddie Timms (circa 1944-2017) was another popular target and both his Owl Dreaming 1998 (lot 47) and ...


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