Affordable art at Melbourne online auction

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 15th October, 2020

Affordable art and the chance for first time collectors to buy works from name artists are important highlights for Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions as they continue to offer online auction possibilities to auction goers at a time when the city continues to be locked down with COVID-19 restrictions.

The company’s Australian & International Art auction will be live streamed from 12pm Sunday October 25 with buyers able to bid online, over the phone or by an absentee bid.

Public viewings might change after Victorian Premier Dan Andrews pronouncements on Sunday October 18, but in the meantime virtual viewings are available on request. Further information, condition reports and additional images also can be obtained by contacting Gibson’s Auctions.

Internationally famous street artist Banksy could well prove popular in this auction with two stencil entries Grim Reaper Wrong War (lot 113) and The Helicopter Wrong War (lot 114) both painted in 2003 for the London portion of the international anti-war protest which took place on February 15 of that year and is believed to be the largest anti-war rally in history. Each carries a $10,000-$20,000 estimate.

Australian landscape artists Lloyd Rees (1895-1988), Rubery Bennett (1893-1987) and Herbert Woodhouse (1855-1920) are respectively represented with Lane Cove River II 1965 (lot 13), Burragorang Valley (lot 20) and Melbourne Cup 1900 Won by Clean Sweep Leaving the Straight at the River Turn (lot 22).

There are three works by Janet Cumbrae-Stewart (1883-1960) including Figures Near the Bridge (lot 30), while David Bromley has several works on offer including his famous model Belinda (lot 117).

One of Australia’s all-time greats Charles Blackman is represented with Charles Blackman’s Gardens (lot 124) and Archibald Prize winner Lewis Miller has Yellow Nude 4 2008 (lot 194) in the auction line up.  

Other paintings include Country Town (lot 155) by Elaine Haxton (1909-1999) with a catalogue estimate of $12,000-$16,000, from the United States-based Edgar Kaufmann collection, and Bather and Swan circa 1908 (lot 163) from The School of Rupert Bunny.


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