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Dave’s Faves for the Menzies Auction on 9 August 2018

Menzies’ Winter Auction in Sydney on 9 August incorporates some very interesting collections.

Lots 1 – 20 and then again lots 81 – 114 are from the Sandra and Peter Geyer collection of contemporary art, and it is a cracking offering: sculpture, photography, works on paper, oils, Australian and international by some of the greatest names in contemporary art – Antony Gormley, William Kentridge, Bill Henson, Noel McKenna, Tracey Moffatt, the list goes on. Plus they come with the excellent provenance of some of Australia’s premier contemporary art galleries.

Another bonus is the lower entry point for contemporary art: estimates for some works start from just $2,000.

Lots 115 – 134 represent Australian Indigenous art from the Dr. Michael and Mrs Patricia Bernard collection, and boasts as well some of the outstanding artists in this field: Emily Kngwarreye, Rover Thomas, Minnie Pwerle to name a few.

The auction is an extensive offering with 176 lots, and well worth visiting in person:

in Melbourne from you can view from 26 to 29 July, at 1 Darling Street, South Yarra,

in Sydney from 2 to 9 August at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington.

For due diligence and advice on any artworks in this sale before purchase and bidding on the night, contact us on info@bhfineart.com or 02 9977 7764.

We would be delighted to assist you as a sounding board with expert intelligence on the Australian art market to further your collection.

You can view the whole catalogue at the Menzies website.

And here are your Dave’s Faves:

Lot 1 Jan Nelson
Lot 1 – Jan Nelson, Walking in Tall Grass, Olivia, 77 x 59 cm, est. $12,000-16,000. Not Happy Jan
Lot 5 Noel McKenna
Lot 5 – Noel McKenna, Vase with Musical Notes, 29 cm high, est. $2,500-3,500. More Tweets Than Donald Trump
Lot 8 Sally Gabori
Lot 8 – Sally Gabori, Dibirdibi Country, 152 x 101.5 cm, est. $7,000-10,000. A Long Tall Sally
Lot 21 Brett Whiteley
Lot 21 – Brett Whiteley, Female Nude, 75.5 x 55 cm, est. $20,000-30,000. In the Pink in Ink
Lot 32 Arthur Boyd Bride
Lot 32 – Arthur Boyd, Bride Dreaming by a Pool, 122 x 153 cm, est. $200,000-300,000. Married at First Sight
Lot 36 Brett Whiteley Dove and Moon
Lot 36 – Brett Whiteley, The Dove and the Moon, 52.5 x 47.5 cm, est. $450,000-550,000. I’m Coming Over all Lovey Dovey
Lot 37 – Jeffrey Smart, Bus by the Tiber, 66 x 84 cm, est. $750,000-950,000. Don’t Miss This Bus
Lot 40 Arthur Streeton
Lot 40 – Arthur Streeton, Self Portrait, 61.5 x 33 cm, est. $40,000-60,000. Streeton Strutts His Stuff
Lot 42 Charles Blackman
Lot 42 – Charles Blackman, An Illusion of Children, 137.5 x 91.5 cm, est. $80,000-120,000. This Painting With The X Factor was Owned by Max Factor
Lot 51 Just O'Brien
Lot 51 – Justin O’Brien, Panegyric Skyros, 40.5 x 29.5 cm, est. $20,000-30,000. Hallelujah!
Lot 53 John Kelly
Lot 53 – John Kelly, Stig, 45.5 x 60 cm, est. $8,000-12,000. Can You Top This Gear?
Lot 65 Fred Williams
Lot 65 – Fred Williams, Almerton Landscape, 36.5 x 54 cm, est. $14,000-18,000. Gouache Not Gauche
Lot 66 Hans Heysen
Lot 66 – Hans Heysen, The Quarries, Mount Lofty, 32 x 40 cm, est. $15,000-20,000. Magic Mountain
Lot 71 John Olsen
Lot 71 – John Olsen, Frog, 36.5 x 33 cm, est. $5,000-7,000. Froggy Fun For All
Lot 72 William Robinson
Lot 72 – William Robinson, Afternoon Light, Darlington, 22.5 x 32.5 cm, est. $5,000-7,000. Billy Boils
Lot 113 max Dupain
Lot 113 – Max Dupain, Opera House in Construction – Stage 1, 41.5 x 39 cm, est. $3,000-4,000. Camera Obscura
Lot 120 Minnie Pwerle
Lot 120 – Minnie Pwerle, Awelye Atnwengerrp, 91.5 x 122 cm, est. $5,000-7,000. Pearl of a Pwerle
Lot 141 Tim Storrier
Lot 141 – Tim Storrier, Dusk – The Night Runner, 103 x 151.5 cm, est. $20,000-28,000. Run This One Up
Lot 149 James R Jackson
Lot 149 – James R. Jackson, Middle Harbour, Sydney, 43 x 53 cm, est. $5,000-7,000. Trip The Light Fantastic
Lot 151 Charles Meere
Lot 151 – Charles Meere, Viaduct (Dinan sur la Rance), 44.5 x 55.5 cm, est. $5,000-8,000. Not Quite A Weir from Meere
Lot 165 de Chirico
Lot 165 – Giorgio de Chirico, Untitled (Study of a Horse), 21.5 x 29 cm, est. $5,000-8,000. It’s a Horse of Course
Lot 171 Brett Whiteley
Lot 171 – Brett Whiteley, Vincent (An Essay in Opposites), 211 x 91.5 cm, est. $8,000-12,000. Have You Got The Eye?


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Dave’s Faves for the Bonhams Auction on 20 June 2018

In their half-yearly fine art auction, Bonhams present 162 lots, an unusually large offering including a number of Aboriginal artworks.

Closer inspection of the catalogue reveals that the first 19 lots are from mixed vendors, and the remainder is made up from just two collections: the Bonita Croft and late Gene Zemaitis collection comprising lots 20 to 58, while the majority, lots 59 to 162, are from the collection of the Late Michael Hobbs OAM.

Both these collections allow a revealing insight into the reasons for collecting, as well as the style and range of a collection. In particular the Hobbs collection presents some wonderful “small” and early works of younger artists. Their lower spectrum of estimates, starting from $700, surely would make for an enticing entry into buying in the fine art auction room.

Bonhams will donate a part of their proceeds to the establishment of the Michael Hobbs People’s Choice Award, partnered with Contour 556 which supports Australian artists and foster the role of art.

Personal viewing in Sydney is from 14 to 19 June at the NCJWA Hall, 111 Queen Street, Woollahra, and online at the Bonhams’ website.

The auction takes place in the same venue on Wednesday, 20 June, starting at 6 pm.

If you are looking to add to your own collection, contact us for unbiased and independent advice and due diligence prior to the sale. Simply contact us on 02 9977 7764 and email info@bhfineart.com. We are happy to assist you before, during and after the auction.

And Dave’s Faves are:

Lot 1 Ethel Spowers
Lot 1 – Ethel Spowers, The Timber Crane, 19 x 23.5 cm, est. $10,000-15,000. Fifty Shades of Grey
Lot 2 – Herbert Badham, The Bus Stop, 1958, 54.5 x 44 cm, est. $40,000-60,000. Don’t Quit!
Lot 3 Roy de Maistre
Lot 3 – Roy de Maistre, Still Life with Marrow, c1934, 28 x 38 cm, est. $50,000-70,000. Modernist Marrow?
Lot 4 Roy de Maistre
Lot 4 – Roy de Maistre, Figure on Sofa, c1932, 48 x 59 cm, est. $20,000-30,000. Yves Klein Blue


lot 8 Sidney Nolan
Lot 8 – Sidney Nolan, Burke and Camel, 1964, 76 x 68.5 cm, est. $50,000-70,000. Rollin’ Nolan
Lot 21 Cressida Campbell
Lot 21 – Cressida Campbell, Kitchen Utensils, 1993, 46 x 62 cm, est. $50,000-70,000. My Kitchen Rules
Lot 59 Robert Klippel
Lot 59 – Robert Klippel, Opus 240, 1968, 45 x 52 cm, est. $10,000-15,000. Praying Mantis
Lot 60 – Clement Meadmore, Kelly, c1955, 23 cm high, est. $4,000-6,000. Ned Kelly Armed and Armoured
Lot 66 Ralph Balson
Lot 66 – Ralph Balson, Painting no. 36, 1956, 59 x 66.5 cm, est. $80,000-120,000. Balson The Bold
Lot 86 Nicholas Harding
Lot 86 – Nicholas Harding, Frangipani, 2003, 51 x 51 cm, est. $,500-6,500. Fluid Frangipani
Lot 88 Emily Kngwarreye
Lot 88 – Emily Kngwarreye, Untitled, 1994, 91.5 x 61 cm, est. $6,000-9,000. Stick Your Red Dot Here
Lot 94 Noel McKenna
Lot 94 – Noel McKenna, Two Islands, 1988, 23.5 x 29 cm, est. $700-1,000. Islands in the Stream
Lot 97 Shaun Gladwell
Lot 97 – Shaun Gladwell, Study for an aRt Gallery with staircase and lift access, 1998, 40 x 60 cm, est. $2,000-4,000. NGV Contemporary Gallery Proposal Perhaps?
Lot 99 Sidney Nolan
Lot 99 – Sidney Nolan, Bottlebrush, 1953, 71.5 x 58.5 cm, est. $25,000-35,000. Don’t Brush This One Aside
Lot 105 Rosalie Gascoigne
Lot 105 – Rosalie Gascoigne, Collection II, c1976/77, 14 x 38.5 cm, est. $5,000-8,000. Start Your Own Butterfly Collection
Lot 109 – Marea Gazzard, Personage II, 2005, 28.5 cm high, est. $4,000-6,000. Marea’s Muted Mask
Lot 110 – George Baldessin, Untitled (diptych), 11 cm high each, est. $800-1,200. A Fine Pair
Lot 129 Bronwyn Oliver
Lot 129 – Bronwyn Oliver, Spin, 2003, 32.5 cm high, est. $40,000-60,000. Put Your Own Spin On It
Lot 137 Cressida Campbell
Lot 137 – Cressida Campbell, Mandarin with Chinese, Plate, 2004, 17 x 19.5 cm, est. $12,000-18,000. Oranges are not the only fruit
Lot 138 Rosalie Gascoigne
Lot 138 – Rosalie Gascoigne, Pavement III, 1998, 69 x 52 cm, est. $50,000-70,000. It’s obviously a sign
Lot 147 Euan MacLeod
Lot 147 – Euan MacLeod, Study Tall Iceberg no. 10, 2009, 51 x 38 cm, est. $1,200-2,000. Winter’s Finally Here


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Dave’s Faves for the Sotheby’s auction on 16 May 2018

The upcoming Sotheby’s auction on 16 May is titled “Important Australian & New Zealand Art”, a departure from the usual “Australian & International Art”, and with good reason: lots 97 and 98 are created by two of our neighbour’s most sought-after artists, Charles Frederick Goldie (1870 – 1947) and Gottfried Lindauer (1839 – 1926).

Both Goldie and Lindauer are best known for their Maori subjects, and Sotheby’s have dedicated a separate brochure to these two outstanding rare paintings, presumably to make it easier to reach the audience across the ditch.

The Australian offering is grouped into two catalogues, as the sale includes 38 works from the J.G.L. collection, bringing the total to 137 lots, a hefty number for the traditionally leaner Sotheby’s catalogues.

Viewings are held in Melbourne and Sydney, and a personal visit is highly recommended:

– Melbourne from 2 to 6 May, at Level 9, 41 Exhibition Street

– Sydney from 10 to 16 May, at 30 Queen Street, Woollahra

If you cannot attend, have a look online at Sotheby’s Australia.

The public auction is held on Wednesday, 16 May, 6.30 pm, at the Intercontinental Sydney.

If you are interested in any of the lots and would like to prepare the best you can to make a successful purchase, contact us on 02 9977 7764 or by email info@bhfineart.com.

We would be delighted to assist you with due diligence and sound advice, before, during and after the auction.

And Dave’s Faves are:

Arthur Boyd Narcissus
Lot 1 – Arthur Boyd, Narcissus and Cave (1976), est. $30,000-40,000. Take me to the River
Lot 2 Fred Williams
Lot 2 – Fred Williams, Treefern Hillside, near Tallebudgera (1971), est. $30,000-40,000. Fantastic Ferny Fred
Lot 3 Justin Bo'Brien
Lot 3 – Justin O’Brien, Maremma Landscape (1986), est. $60,000-80,000. Paradise Found
lot 7 Brett Whiteley
Lot 7 – Brett Whiteley, Maroeton Bay Fig, Botanic Gardens (1984), est. $900,000-1,100,000. Brett’s branching out again
Lot 12 Del Kahtryn Barton
Lot 12 – Del Kathryn Barton, Of Pollen 2013, est. $100,000-140,000. Pollinate don’t procrastinate
Lot 14 Daniel Boyd
Lot 14 – Daniel Boyd, King No Beard 2008, est. $15,000-25,000. This parrot really speaks to me
Lot 17 Michael Zavros
Lot 17 – Michael Zavros, Debaser / Marc Jacobs 2010, est. $10,000-15,000. Don’t rub this one off your list
Lot 19 John Perceval
Lot 19 – John Perceval, Adam and Eve 1951, est. $20,000-30,000. No bad apples here
Lot 22 - John Perceval
Lot 22 – John Perceval, The Annunciation, 1969, est. $40,000-60,000. Mary gets the good news
Lot 24 Sidney Nolan
Lot 24 – Sidney Nolan, Kelly at Glenrowan 1964, est. $150,000-250,000. A Kelly with welly
Lot 31 Russell Drysdale
Lot 31 – Russell Drysdale, Long Tom 1961, est. $10,000-15,000. Stick up your hand for this stockman
Lot 36 Brett Whiteley
Lot 36 – Brett Whiteley, The Meeting 1981, est. $1,200,000-1,400,000. A Bird in hand
Lot 37 – Sidney Nolan, Carcass of ram 1953, est. $150,000-200,000. Dead set
Lot 39 Jeffrey Smart
Lot 39 – Jeffrey Smart, Flea Market, Paris (1949-1950), est. $70,000-90,000. Make like Manny Macron
Lot 52 Richard Larter
Lot 52 – Richard Larter, Film Goddess 1959, est. $8,000-12,000. A nice little starter from Larter
Lot 53 Guy Boyd
Lot 53 – Guy Boyd, Swimmer (1981), est. 10,000-15,000. All ready for the Cole Classic
Lot 55 John Coburn
Lot 55 – John Coburn, Tower of Babel 1973, est. $35,000-45,000. I covet this classic Coburn
Lot 58 John Olsen
Lot 58 – John Olsen, Kalla Kooper in Flood 1978, est. $60,000-80,000. I see a flood of hands go up for this one
Lot 60 Arthur Boyd
Lot 60 – Arthur Boyd, The Artist, Rock Cleft and Reflections, est. $50,000-70,000. Is Boyd’s blue for you?
Lot 88 Adrian Feint
Lot 88 – Adrian Feint, (Hibiscus), 1957, est. $4,000-6,000. Lion Island and lion of a painting
Lot 90 Elioth Gruner
Lot 90 – Elioth Gruner, Lion Island 1920, est. $15,000-20,000. The lion roars once again
Lot 91 Norman Lindsay
Lot 91 – Norman Lindsay, The Duke’s Picnic (1945), est. $30,000-40,000. In glorious technicolor
Lot 98 Gottfried Lindauer
Lot 98 – Gottfried Lindauer, Maori Girl Learning the Haka (circa 1907), est. $250,000-350,000. Prepare to battle it out with the Auckland Art Gallery. Ka mau te pai
Lot 100 Danila Vassilieff
Lot 100 – Danila Vassilieff, Three Forms (1953), est. $30,000-50,000. Vassilieff rocks
Lot 110 Albert Tucker
Lot 110 – Albert Tucker, Image of Modern Evil 1972, est. $20,000-30,000. Evil Grin
Lot 112 Albert Tucker
Lot 112 – Albert Tucker, Image of Modern Evil (1972), est. $20,000-30,000. Bronzed Aussie


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Dave’s Faves for the Menzies Auction on 26 April 2018

Menzies start 2018 with a bang: their 20th anniversary auction on 26 April in Melbourne. This celebratory sale of 142 lots offers some outstanding artworks, also from a number of private and company collections.

There are impressionist gems from the Sir George Tallis collection (tip: watch the video-blog), works from the ExxonMobil collection (check out the massive Inge King sculpture lot 9) and a lovely selection of paintings and sculptures by John Kelly from a contemporary estate collection, among many others.

You can view all works online on the Menzies website, but if you can, go and view the paintings and sculptures in person. You can have a close-up look in:

Sydney from 12 to 15 April, at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington

Melbourne from 19 to 25 April at 1 Darling Street, South Yarra.

We will be attending the auction on 26 April in Melbourne and can advise you on any works that you may be interested in, with due diligence before the auction, bidding and assistance after the sale.

Get in touch with us on phone 02 9977 7764 and by email info@bhfineart.com. We would be delighted to help you build your collection or assist you with your first purchase at auction.

Dave’s Faves for the Menzies 20th anniversary auction are:

Lot 1 Rupert Bunny
Lot 1 – Rupert Bunny, Mother and Child on the Beach, est. $10,000-15,000. Delightful
Lot 2 Elioth Gruner
Lot 2 – Elioth Gruner, On the Sands, est. $200,000-300,000. I feel a record price for a Gruner coming on
Lot 3 Penleigh Boyd
Lot 3 – Penleigh Boyd, The Jetty, est. $30,000-40,000. Penleigh’s Paradise
Lot 6 Lloyd Rees
Lot 6 – Lloyd Rees, Illawarra Pastoral, est. $250,000-350,000. Lloyd’s singular vision
Lot 11 Noel McKenna
Lot 11 – Noel McKenna, Sooty Owl, est. $8,000-12,000. McKenna with Fries
Lot 18 Norman Lindsay
Lot 18 – Norman Lindsay, The Veil (Rita), est. $45,000-65,000. Lindsay Love
Lot 23 John Olsen
Lot 23 – John Olsen, Sweeping St. Mark’s Square, Venice, est. $80,000-100,000. A time to be swept up
Lot 25 Brett Whiteley
Lot 25 – Brett Whiteley, Walk at Ubud, est. $120,000-160,000. I’m walking on sunshine
Lot 29 Charles Blackman
Lot 29 – Charles Blackman, Skipping Girl, est. $200,000-300,000. Little Audrey skips into the history books
Lot 30 Russell Drysdale
Lot 30 – Russell Drysdale, Evening on Stony Plains, est. $800,000-1,000,000. Drysdale doesn’t get much better than this
Lot 36 Rick Amor
Lot 36 – Rick Amor, Tramstop, est. $60,000-80,000. Don’t stop
Lot 38 Brett Whiteley
Lot 38 – Brett Whiteley, Preliminary Drawing for Magnolia with Money (Painting to have Real Roll of Money), est. $60,000-80,000. The best things in life are free…but I want “Magnolia with Money”
Lot 41 Tim Storrier
Lot 41 – Tim Storrier, Horizon 2, est. $30,000-40,000. The thin red line
Lot 44 John Kelly
Lot 44 – John Kelly, The Town Council, est. $8,000-12,000. Roo Beaut!
Lot 50 Rick Amor
Lot 50 – Rick Amor, The Dog, est. $4,000-6,000. Lap it up
Lot 54 Arthur Streeton
Lot 54 – Arthur Streeton, Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, est. $18,000-24,000. What Streeton did on his honeymoon
Lot 69 Margaret Olley
Lot 69 – Margaret Olley, The Clock, est. $18,000-24,000. Is it time to buy that Olley you have always wanted?
Lot 95 Nicholas Harding
Lot 95 – Nicholas Harding, In the Swell (Swim-ring Girl), est. $6,000-8,000. Time to make a splash
Lot 106 Robert Dickerson
Lot 106 – Robert Dickerson, The Sisters, est. $15,000-20,000. Let’s get serious
Lot 112 James R. Jackson
Lot 112 – James R. Jackson, Evening – Clontarf, Middle Harbour, est. $4,000-6,000. Jackson Five (Boat’s that is)


Dave’s Faves for the Menzies Auction on 26 April 2018 was originally published to: BH Fine Art

Dave’s Faves for the Deutscher + Hackett Auction on 18 April 2018

Deutscher + Hackett kick off the 2018 fine art auction season with a finely curated offering of 117 lot on 18 April in Sydney.

They include some sublime Australian impressionist works by husband and wife team Ethel Carrick and Emanuel Phillips Fox, a good number of 20th century sculptures from the greats (Klippel, King, Meadmore) to the young guns (Seton), and photography from Australia’s most famous photograph (Sunbaker) to the most contemporary (Gladwell).

In the indigenous section, there is a very early, rare Papunya Tula work on offer, and in the  D+H “specials” of colonial paintings, an 1846 view of Goulburn by Joseph Backler (lot 58).

We also notice a great selection of works on paper by outstanding Australian artists.

If you are interested in any of the lots, let us know.

We will be happy to assist you with all aspects from pre-purchase due diligence, viewing advice to bidding on the night and after-purchase management.

Phone us on 02 9977 7764 or email info@bhfineart.com for more information.

You can view all artworks in both Melbourne and Sydney:

in Melbourne, 5 to 8 April, 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra

in Sydney, from 12 to 18 April, 16 Goodhope Street, Paddington.

and anytime online at Deutscher + Hackett.

The auction is held on Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 7 pm, at the National Art School, Cell Block Theatre, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst.

And David’s favourites are:

Ben Quilty Torana
Lot 1 – Ben Quilty, Torana, 2002, estimate $12,000-16,000. Quilty’s Game Changer
Kenneth MacQueen
Lot 5 – Kenneth MacQueen, Bringing in the Cows, c1928, est. $10,000-15,000. MacQueen’s Land
Lot 6 Max Dupain
Lot 6 – Max Dupain, Sunbaker, 1937, est. $40,000-60,000. Australia’s most famous photograph
Lot 9 Roy de Maistre
Lot 9 – Roy de Maistre, St. Jean de Luz, c.1925, est. $40,000-60,000. Colour me good
Lot 10 Clarice Beckett
Lot 10 – Clarice Beckett, Chestnut Avenue, Ballarat Gardens, c.1927, est. $30,000-40,000. Tell me I’m dreamin’
Lot 15 Charles Blackman
Lot 15 – Charles Blackman, The Sisters, 1953, est. $70,000-90,000. That old Blackman magic
Lot 19 Brett Whiteley
Lot 19 – Brett Whiteley, L’île de la cité, 1989, est. $25,000-35,000. Taking ink to the brink
Lot 21 John Olsen
Lot 21 – John Olsen, The Bridge, est. $45,000-65,000. Yes, Jump
Lot 26 William Robinson
Lot 26 – William Robinson, Wattle Trees with Approaching Storm, 2003, est. $200,000-250,000. Bill’s Wattle Trees are Gold
Lot 28 Ethel Carrick Fox
Lot 28 – Ethel Carrick Fox, On the Sands, c1913, est. $150,000-200,000. Not exactly Baywatch
Lot 29 Ethel Carrick Fox
Lot 29 – Ethel Carrick Fox, Sur la Plage, 1910, est. $200,000-250,000. Slip, slop, slap
Lot 44 Alex Seton
Lot 44 – Alex Seton, That explains the Dead Birds, 2006, est. $20,000-30,000. Please do not sit on Seton’s seat
Lot 47 Dale Frank
Lot 47 – Dale Frank, Sulphur Creek Penguin, 2000-05, est. $25,000-35,000. Spot the Penguin, win a Prize
Lot 51 Anatjari Tjakamarra
Lot 51 – Anatjari Tjakamarra, Men’s Ceremony, 1972, est. $60,000-80,000. Priceless Papunya
Lot 52 Emily Kngwarreye
Lot 52 – Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Awelye, 1995, est. $60,000-80,000. Damien Hirst did not paint this!
Lot 76 Lloyd Rees
Lot 76 – Lloyd Rees, The Village of North Ryde, 1947-69, est. $25,000-35,000. Ride in Ryde
Lot 96 Ethel Spowers
Lot 96 – Ethel Spowers, Up the Pine Tree, 1927, est. $8,000-12,000. What a Tree-t
Lot 97 Nora Heysen
Lot 97 – Nora Heysen, Spring Bunch, 1947, est. $16,000-20,000. Surreal, simple, sublime
Lot 98 – Albert Namatjira, Mount Sonder viewed from Glen Helen, Northern Territory, c1945, est. $15,000-20,000. Ponder Mount Sonder
Lot 100 – Danila Vassilieff, Girl and boy watching me paint, 1949, est. $8,000-12,000. No, no, paint me please Mr Vassilieff?
Lot 112 Sidney Nolan
Lot 112 – Sidney Nolan, Bird over Tin Mine, North Queensland, 1949, est. $6,000-9,000. Glass with Class
Lot 114 Arthur Streeton
Lot 114 – Arthur Streeton, Windy Day, Sussex, est. $5,000-7,000. The cheapest Streeton you will ever find

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Dave’s Faves: Something to Crowe About

Australia’s best known Kiwi Russell Crowe is taking a somewhat tongue-in-cheek approach to the sale of his most eclectic collection. It contains 227 personal items, from art, movie props and costumes, sports memorabilia, jewellery, watches, guitars, music memorabilia and more, in an auction titled “The Art of Divorce”.

Sotheby’s Australia scored the exclusive prestigious Hollywood gig and is holding the sale in Sydney on Saturday 7th April, notably the actor’s birthday and also wedding anniversary.

All 227 lots can be viewed from 4 to 7 April at the Carriageworks at 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, and also online at Sotheby’s Australia

Happy to advise on any art lots as always, and everything else will be “in our opinion”.

Enjoy this truly unique Dave’s Faves (some with links for added benefit). There won’t be another one with such a wide range, including things that money usually just can’t buy:

Lot 10 stunt cuirass
Lot 10 – The important stunt cuirass worn by Russell Crowe in the scene depicting the death of the character, “Maximus“, in the film, Gladiator (2000). Est. $20,000-30,000. The original leather jacket


Lot 17 replica Roman chariot
Lot 17 – A fully functioning replica Roman chariot from the film Gladiator (2000), est. $5,000-10,000. Bigger than Ben Hur
Lot 18 Prop horse
Lot 18 – a life-size prop horse used in the film, Gladiator (2000), est. $2,000-4,000. No animals were harmed in the making of this auction catalogue
Lot 31 – A violin by Leandro Bisiach Snr (Milan, 1864-1946), used by Russell Crowe as “Captain Jack Aubrey” in the film, Master and Commander, (2003), Milan, dated 1890. Est. $110,000-140,000. Play it again, Jack
Lot 58 – A mounted Mosasaur (Platecarpus ictericus) skull, late Cretaceous Period, Niobrara Formation, Kansas. Est. $35,000-40,000. Not a prop from Jurassic Park
Lot 59 Sidney Nolan
Lot 59 – Sidney Nolan, Monkey, 1964, 122 x 122 cm. Est. $30,000-50,000. Monkey Business
Lot 85 – Brett Whiteley, Moreton Bay Fig and Palms (1974), 46 x 36 cm. Est. $100,000-150,000. Into the Blue with Brett
Lot 87 – An Australian Gold Record presented to Johnny Cash in recognition of record sales in excess of 18,000 for “Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash”, in 1971. Est $7,000-8,000. Cash Converters (see also lots 88 and 89)
Lot 90 – The 1986 Grammy Award presented to Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Sam Phillips, Rick Nelson and Chips Moman, for Best Spoken Word or Non Musical Recording for Interviews from the “Class of ’55 Recording Session”. Est. $200,000-300,000. A Grammy with Class
Lot 91 Blackman
Lot 91 – Charles Blackman, The Suitor (1960), 122.5 x 91.5 cm. Est. $180,000-220,000. Black suit from Blackman
Lot 92 – A 2001 Mercedes Benz S500 saloon. Est. $15,000-25,000. Star Car
Lot 95 – A 2008 custom “Rabbitohs” chopper motorcycle, designed and made for Russell Crow by Orange County Choppers. Est. $35,000-45,000. There is no “TT” in Rabbitohs
Lot 96 – Arthur Boyd, Riverbank with Reflections and Cockatoos, 92 x 122.5 cm. Est. $120,000-160,000. Cockies not Crowes
Lot 99 George Browning
Lot 99 – George Browning, Eureka Stockade 1985-89, 217 x 341.5 cm. Est. $30,000-50,000. Flag this one down
Lot 124 Dale Frank
Lot 124 – Dale Frank, #two – http://www.free-nude-male-celebs.com/kirkcameron/kirkcameron003.html, 2001. 260 x 200 cm. Est. $30,000-40,000. Let’s Be Frank
Lot 158 Penleigh Boyd
Lot 158 – Penleigh Boyd, Portsea 1921, 51 x 61 cm. Est. $60,000-80,000. Portsea Paradise from Penleigh
Lot 163 telescope
Lot 163 – A brass and leather bound “Lord Bury” type three draw naval officer’s telescope, by J.H. Stewart, London, circa 1900. Est. $1,000-2,000. Land Ahoy Me Hearties!
Lot 168 rum cask
Lot 168 – A brass bound coopered oak nautical rum cask. Est. $2,000-3,000. Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of rum…
Lot 176 Plutenko
Lot 176 – Stanislav Plutenko, (The Beauty Salon), 2000, 150 x 80 cm. Est. $10,000-15,000. L.A. Confidential
Lot 187 diamon ring
Lot 187 – A platinum, 18ct white gold, fancy yellow diamond and diamond ring. Est. $70,000-100,000. You too can have a Diamond Life
Lot 218 Vacheron Constantin
Lot 218 – Vacheron Constantin, a fine and rare platinum automatic wristwatch with day date and power reserveref 85250 mvt 971627 case 801053 Jubilee 1755 limited edition no 21, circa 2005. Est. $40,000-60,000. If you have a beautiful mind you should own a beautiful watch

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Dave’s Faves for Menzies 30 Nov. 2017

Menzies’ auction on 30 November in Sydney offer 186 lots presenting a wonderful variety of artworks at price points that will suit all budgets.

You could aspire to major works by Australian masters like Jeffrey Smart or Fred Williams (whose  “Waterpond, Cottlesbridge” gets cover lot credentials) or you could go for much more modestly priced photographs or prints by Marc Chagall, Max Dupain, Bill Henson or Callum Morton.

With only four weeks to Christmas, this last of the “big” auctions in 2017 might be just the perfect opportunity to get something unique for someone special.

Have a look online, and of course, personal viewing is always highly recommended.

The public preview is open from Thursday, 23 November, at the Menzies premises at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington, and online at the Menzies website.

We will be attending the auction, and happy to assist you with independent pre-sale advice and due diligence report. Contact us by phone on 02 9977 7764 and email info@bhfineart.com for more information.

And Dave’s Faves from the Menzies auction are:

Lot 1 Drysdale
Lot 1, Russell Drysdale, Pub in Wilcannia 1963, est. $18,000-24,000. No lockout laws here
Lot 19 Lloyd Rees
Lot 19, Lloyd Rees, The Red Door 1945, est. $20,000-30,000. Not just a red door
Lot 22 Arthur Streeton
Lot 22, Arthur Streeton, Sunday Morning from Cremorne 1907, est. $200,000-300,000. Dreamscape
Lot 25 A.H. Fullwood
Lot 25 A.H. Fullwood, The Swing 1892, est. $50,000-70,000. Underrated Fullwood’s master work
Lot 28 Brett Whiteley
Lot 28, Brett Whiteley, Untitled (Abstract) c1961, est. $40,000-60,000. Whiteley’s abstracts remain inexpensive
Lot 30 Justin O'Brien
Lot 30, Justin O’Brien, Young Girl in Mantilla 1995, est. $45,000-65,000. Poetic Portrait
Lot 29 Cossington Smith
Lot 29, Grace Cossington Smith, Still Life with Lilies, 1966, est. $50,000-70,000. A still life with movement
Lot 34 Charles Blackman
Lot 34, Charles Blackman, Girl with Striped Dress 1954, est. $100,000-140,000. Girl with Grit
Lot 41 Jeffrey Smart
Lot 41, Jeffrey Smart, The Yellow Line 2007, est. $550,000-700,000. A Road to Somewhere
Lot 43 Fred Williams, Waterpond, Cottlesbridge 1976, est. $350,000-450,000. If you’re “Dunmoochin” then buy it
Lot 52 Keith Haring
Lot 52, Keith Haring, Untitled 1984, est. $30,000-50,000. Don’t “roo” the day
Lot 53 Garry Shead
Lot 53, Garry Shead, Intimate Couple 2000, est. $35,000-45,000. Always buy art with passion
Lot 54 John Perceval
Lot 54 John Perceval, Kathy in the Studio 1964, est. $35,000-45,000. Not Maja, not Olympia – Kathy!
Lot 61 Lloyd Rees
Lot 61, Lloyd Rees, Autumn Mist, Parramatta 1925, est. $60,000-80,000. Soak up the atmosphere
Lot 63 J.J. Hilder
Lot 63, J.J. Hilder, The Drovers 1912, est. 12,000-16,000. Larger than life
Lot 83 Bronwyn Oliver
Lot 83, Bronwyn Oliver, Hook 1991, est. $15,000-20,000. A bit of a catch
Lot 90 Rosalie Gascoigne
Lot 90, Rosalie Gascoigne, Cricketers (I) 1976, est. $18,000-24,000. Ashes to ashes
Lot 92 Howard Arkley
Lot 92 Howard Arkley, Mask for Baudelaire 1994, est. $8,000-12,000. Starkly
Lot 95 Criss Canning
Lot 95, Criss Canning, Red Dahlias 2002, est. $10,000-15,000. Canny
Lot 100 Sidney Nolan
Lot 100, Sidney Nolan, Charging Elephant c 1963, est. $9,000-12,000. Who’s hunting who?
Lot 108 John Coburn
Lot 108, John Coburn, The Park by the Lake, est. $12,000-16,000. A Greater Shade of Blue
Lot 116 Arthur Boyd
Lot 116, Arthur Boyd, Europa and the Bull, c1948, est. $12,000-16,000. Bull in a china shop
Lot 143 Ernest Buckmaster
Lot 143, Ernest Buckmaster, Untitled (Misty Morning), est. $4,000-6,000. I’m all misty-eyed
Lot 146 Thea Proctor
Lot 146, Thea Proctor, The Masked Ball (Fan Design), c1912, est. $4,000-6,000. I’m a fan
Lot 156 Bill Henson
Lot 156, Bill Henson, Untitled 1985/86, est. $5,000-7,000. Reach for the sky on this one
Lot 163 Callum Morton
Lot 163, Callum Morton, Eames Depot, Nevada, 2001, est. $3,000-5,000. Hammer it down!

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