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The Daily Telegraph  |  Jacqui Taffel, Wentworth Courier

A new international record for a Garry Shead painting under the hammer was set at yesterday’s auction of Aussie Home Loans founder John Symond’s art collection. The Shead painting, titled The Bearers (Queen of Suburbia), 1997, had a pre-auction estimate of $350,000 — $450,000 and sold for $439,200. Two other works sold for significantly higher than their estimates — Brett Whiteley’s Nude Beside the Basin, 1963, estimated at $350,000 — $550,000, sold for $829,600, including buyer’s premium, and House and Native Tree by Howard Arkley sold for $207,400, high above the estimated $80,000 — $120,000.

Australian Art Sales Digest  |  David Hulme & Brigitte Banziger

Sotheby’s Australia presented their last fine art sale of 2018 with two catalogues; the first catalogue was set aside specifically for the sale of 14 artworks owned by Aussie Home Loans founder John Symond. The catalogue allowed a glimpse of exactly where some of these artworks by John Brack, Garry Shead, Arthur Boyd and Yvonne Audette were displayed in his opulent Sydney harbour home.

Australian Financial Review  |  Peter Fish

With an estimated $10 million plus of art about to go under the hammer, Sotheby's is set to dominate the Australian art auction stakes for the second year in a row. Among a plethora of big names, its line-up for the auction includes no less than five Brett Whiteleys, five Sidney Nolans and six Arthur Boyds, plus a John Brack and Jeffrey Smart consigned by Aussie Home Loans founder John Symond.

Antiques Reporter | Richard Brewster

Two 20th century famille-rose figural plaques absolutely rocked auction goers when they achieved more than 24 times their catalogue estimate at Sotheby’s Australia’s Melbourne October sale of Treasures: Important Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design.

With Sotheby’s estimating the plaques at a modest $5000-$7000, bidders went berserk with the successful purchaser eventually paying $122,000 for the two Chinese plaques.

Australian Auction Review  |  Richard Brewster

The historically important Lonsdale Silver Presentation is a major highlight of Sotheby’s Australia’s forthcoming Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design auction from 6pm Wednesday October 24 at 14-16 Collins Street, Melbourne.

The Age  |  Stephen Crafti

Syndicated: Brisbane Times, The Canberra Times, The Sydney Morning Herald

Sotheby’s latest address at Chanonry, a heritage-listed sandstone building at 14-16 Collins Street, is instrumental in putting ‘Paris' back into Melbourne's most prominent thoroughfare.

Australian Financial Review  |  Peter Fish

A cavalcade of Asian art and sculpture will be sold at two auctions in Melbourne. The first sale is at a Leonard Joel on Monday, while at Sotheby's there will be important heritage silver alongside the Chinese and European art on October 24. The star of the show at Sotheby's is a comprehensive English silver table setting presented to soldier and Melbourne pioneer William Lonsdale, which is being offered by his descendants. It has a valuation of up to $1 million.

Australian Financial Review  |  Peter Fish

John Symond, the high-profile founder of Aussie Home Loans, is worth around $600 million, according to The Australian Financial Review Rich List. So why is he flogging off some paintings for a paltry few million?

Property Observer

John Symond, the high-profile founder of Aussie Home Loans, is selling off some paintings set to fetch around $5 million or so from the Sotheby's sale.

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