Sotheby's Australia

Important Australian Art

AU0816 | 16 August 2017 | Sydney | 6.30 pm

ARTHUR BOYD 1920-1999 Moby Dick Hill (1949). Sold for $1,220,000 August 2017. © The Estate of Arthur Boyd. Licenced by VISCOPY Ltd, Australia
BRETT WHITELEY 1939-1992 The Drought Crow: Sloping Up on the Olgas 1 (Up Front and Outback) 1984-1985. Sold for $1,024,800 August 2017. © Wendy Whiteley
CHARLES BLACKMAN born 1928 Suite 1961. Sold for $305,000 August 2017. © Charles Blackman. Licensed by VISCOPY Ltd, Australia
RUSSELL DRYSDALE 1912-1981 Boy with a Lizard (1966). Sold for $536,800 August 2017. © The Estate of Russell Drysdale
JOHN PERCEVAL 1923-2000 French Nuns 1948. Sold for $451,400 August 2017. © The Estate of John Perceval. Licensed by VISCOPY Ltd, Australia
FRED WILLIAMS 1927-1982 Mernda (1972). Sold for $244,000 August 2017. © The Estate of Fred Williams. Licensed by VISCOPY Ltd, Australia
Sale Number: AU0816

Outstanding results were achieved at Sotheby’s Australia’s August sale of Important Australian Art held at the InterContinental Sydney on 16 August.  Surveying major stylistic developments, the auction offered rare and prestigious examples of Colonial Art, Naturalism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Modernism, and Abstraction, along with ground-breaking paintings and works on paper by the most influential artistic innovators of historical, modern and contemporary Australian art.  With 97 works of art on offer, the sale realised $11.3 million with clearance rates of 125.4% by value.

The ground-breaking painting by Arthur Boyd, Moby Dick Hill (1949) sold for $1,220,000 becoming the third highest priced work by the artist at auction.  Sotheby's Australia now hold the five highest auction results for the artist.

E. Phillips Fox's impressionist masterpiece Monastery, San Lazzaro (1907) debuted for auction last night and became the new auction record for the artist at $1,061,400 nearly doubling the existing record.  Elioth Gruner's Silver Sands (Bondi) 1918 exceeded its high estimate selling for $244,000 setting a new auction record for the artist.

Exceptional prices were also achieved for Rick Amor, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, John Perceval, Jeffrey Smart and Brett Whiteley.

 
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Specialists

Geoffrey Smith

Geoffrey Smith

Chairman

Australian & International Art
Melbourne  |  Sydney
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Gary Singer

Chief Executive Officer

Australian & International Art
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Fiona Hayward

Fiona Hayward

Senior Specialist

Australian & International Art
Melbourne
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Brett Ballard

Brett Ballard

Senior Specialist

Australian & International Art
Sydney
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E: Brett Ballard
Sally Upjohn

Sally Upjohn

Administrator

Australian & International Art
Melbourne
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Liza Hallam

Liza Hallam

Administrator

Australian & International Art
Melbourne
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Auction Results & Details

Sale Total: $11,314,890 including buyer's premium

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Important Australian Art - AU0816
1 GODFREY MILLER
1893-1964

Still Life No. 1 (circa 1955)

Estimate $45,000 - $65,000 Lot Sold: $115,900 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © The Estate of Grace Cossington Smith
2 GRACE COSSINGTON SMITH
1892-1984

Tree Over Water 1943

Estimate $25,000 - $35,000    Lot Sold: SOLD
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © Reproduced with permission of the Estate of Margaret Olley
3 MARGARET OLLEY
1923-2011

Kitchen Door with Mandarins 1972

Estimate $40,000 - $50,000 Lot Sold: $48,800 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © The Estate of William Dobell. Licenced by VISCOPY Ltd, Australia
4 WILLIAM DOBELL
1899-1970

The Fortune Teller (1935)

Estimate $60,000 - $80,000 Lot Sold: $280,600 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816
5 ROY DE MAISTRE
1894-1968

Poinsettia 1928

Estimate $100,000 - $150,000
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © The Estate of William Dobell. Licenced by VISCOPY Ltd, Australia
6 WILLIAM DOBELL
1899-1970

The Narrows Beach 1956

Estimate $150,000 - $200,000 Lot Sold: $280,600 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © The Estate of Russell Drysdale
7 RUSSELL DRYSDALE
1912-1981

Boy with a Lizard (1966)

Estimate $400,000 - $600,000 Lot Sold: $536,800 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © The Estate of Jeffrey Smart
8 JEFFREY SMART
1921-2013

The Mail Exchange, Rushcutters Bay (1989-1992)

Estimate $300,000 - $350,000 Lot Sold: $506,300 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © The Estate of Arthur Boyd. Licenced by VISCOPY Ltd, Australia
9 ARTHUR BOYD
1920-1999

Moby Dick Hill (1949)

Estimate $1,000,000 - $1,200,000 Lot Sold: $1,220,000 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © The Estate of John Perceval. Licenced by VISCOPY Ltd, Australia
10 JOHN PERCEVAL
1923-2000

French Nuns 1948

Estimate $350,000 - $450,000 Lot Sold: $451,400 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © Wendy Whiteley
11 BRETT WHITELEY
1939-1992

Magnolia Tree in the Rain 1977

Estimate $300,000 - $400,000 Lot Sold: $585,600 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816
12 ROY DE MAISTRE
1894-1968

Still Life in Red and Green (1956)

Estimate $100,000 - $120,000 Lot Sold: $134,200 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © The Estate of Arthur Boyd. Licenced by VISCOPY Ltd, Australia
13 ARTHUR BOYD
1920-1999

The Bridge, Lysterfield (1959)

Estimate $65,000 - $85,000 Lot Sold: $79,300 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © The Estate of Arthur Boyd. Licenced by VISCOPY Ltd, Australia
14 ARTHUR BOYD
1920-1999

Nebuchadnezzar's Head in a Wave (1969)

Estimate $120,000 - $160,000    Lot Sold: SOLD
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © The Estate of Arthur Boyd. Licenced by VISCOPY Ltd, Australia
15 ARTHUR BOYD
1920-1999

Landscape with Dam (1972)

Estimate $80,000 - $100,000 Lot Sold: $195,200 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816
16 ELIOTH GRUNER
1882-1939

Silver Sands (Bondi) 1918

Estimate $120,000 - $140,000 Lot Sold: $244,000 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816
17 E. PHILLIPS FOX
1865-1915

Monastery, San Lazzaro (1907)

Estimate $300,000 - $400,000 Lot Sold: $1,061,400 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816
18 ARTHUR STREETON
1867-1943

Red Roofs of Mosman (1907)

Estimate $90,000 - $120,000 Lot Sold: $189,100 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816
19 ARTHUR STREETON
1867-1943

The Somme Valley (1918)

Estimate $140,000 - $180,000
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © Wendy Whiteley
21 BRETT WHITELEY
1939-1992

The Drought Crow: Sloping Up on the Olgas 1 (Up Front and Outback) 1984-1985

Estimate $700,000 - $900,000 Lot Sold: $1,024,800 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © The Estate of Jeffrey Smart
22 JEFFREY SMART
1921-2013

Head Office 2002-2003

Estimate $250,000 - $300,000
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © Wendy Whiteley
24 BRETT WHITELEY
1939-1992

Major Mitchell 1978

Estimate $400,000 - $500,000 Lot Sold: $536,800 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0816 © The Estate of Fred Williams. Licenced by VISCOPY Ltd, Australia
25 FRED WILLIAMS
1927-1982

Mernda (1972)

Estimate $200,000 - $250,000 Lot Sold: $244,000 (including buyer's premium)