Sotheby's Australia

Australian & International Art

Sotheby's Australia, Sydney

Overview

Consistently achieving high results, Sotheby's Australia is the premier auctioneer of Australian art.

In 1973, Sotheby's Australia commenced auctions in Australian & International Art with the single-owner sale of Paintings and Drawings from the Studio of Sir William Dobell.  Since this landmark auction, Sotheby's Australia has offered the finest Australian paintings, sculptures and works on paper from colonial through to contemporary.  In May 2007, Sotheby’s Australia sold John Bracks’ masterpiece, The Old Time  1969, for $3.36 million, at the time setting the world record for any Australian work of art ever sold at auction.  In 2016 Sotheby's Australia realised $2,074,000 for Arthur Streeton's Sydney Harbour 1907, the highest Australian art auction result for that year.  In 2017 Sotheby's Australia continued its market leadership selling five of the top ten Australian paintings at auction.

Sotheby’s Australia specialists are internationally recognised, whose tenure and experience is unmatched by those at any other firm and includes former museum curators and dealers. Our specialists work in tandem with their colleagues around the world to source the most compelling works for our high-profile auctions and deliver exceptional returns to consignors. Their efforts and passion have attracted buyers from Australia and abroad to our recent sales, resulting in record prices and historic sales.

Sales of Australian & International Art typically include masterworks by artists such as Arthur Boyd, Charles Blackman, John Brack, David Larwill, Sidney Nolan, Margaret Olley, John Olsen, Jeffrey Smart, Arthur Streeton, Brett Whiteley and Fred Williams. Important Australian & International Art sales are usually held in May, August and November in either Sydney or Melbourne.

The team of specialists based in Melbourne and Sydney share an extensive expertise and a broad access to collectors and buyers worldwide. We can help you sell Australian art, as well as international pieces, with our in-depth knowledge of artists, their works, and the local and international art market.

Recent Results from Australian Art Auctions

Important Australian Art 21 November 2017
www.sothebysaustralia.com.au/catalogue/AU0819

Important Australian Art 16 August 2017
www.sothebysaustralia.com.au/catalogue/AU0816

Important Australian Art 3 May 2017
www.sothebysaustralia.com.au/catalogue/AU0813B

The David Newby Collection of Australian Art 3 May 2017
www.sothebysaustralia.com.au/catalogue/AU0813A

Important Australian Art 23 November 2016
www.sothebysaustralia.com.au/catalogue/AU0811

To view results from all past auctions visit
www.sothebysaustralia.com.au/auction/results

For further information
enquiries@sothebysaustralia.com.au
Melbourne +61 (0)3 9508 9900  |  Sydney +61 (0)2 9302 2402

 

Specialists

Geoffrey Smith

Geoffrey Smith

Chairman

Australian & International Art
Melbourne  |  Sydney
T: +61 (0)3 9508 9900
T: +61 (0)2 9302 2402
E: Geoffrey Smith

Gary Singer

Chief Executive Officer

Australian & International Art
Melbourne  |  Sydney
T: +61 (0)3 9508 9900
T: +61 (0)2 9302 2402
E: Gary Singer
       
Fiona Hayward

Fiona Hayward

Senior Specialist

Australian & International Art
Melbourne
T: +61 (0)3 9508 9900
E: Fiona Hayward

Brett Ballard

Brett Ballard

Senior Specialist

Australian & International Art
Sydney
T: +61 (0)2 9302 2402
E: Brett Ballard
Liza Hallam

Liza Hallam

Administrator

Australian & International Art
Melbourne
T: +61 (0)3 9508 9900
E: Liza Hallam
   
 

Result Highlights

EUGENE VON GUERARD

EUGENE VON GUÉRARD 1811-1901
Breakneck Gorge, Hepburn Springs 1864

Sale Date: 3 May 2017

Sale Price: $1,952,000

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Charles Blackman

CHARLES BLACKMAN, BORN 1928
Mad Hatter's Tea Party 1956

Sale Date: 21 November 2017

Sale Price: $1,891,000
*Auction Record for the Artist

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John Brack

JOHN BRACK 1920-1999
Return of the Prodigal Son 1953

Sale Date: 2 November 2017

Sale Price: $1,372,500

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Arthur Boyd

ARTHUR BOYD 1920-1999
Moby Dick Hill (1949)

Sale Date: 16 August 2017

Sale Price: $1,220,000

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