Sotheby's Australia

Important Australian Art

AU0840 | 20 November 2019 | Sydney | 6.30PM

BRETT WHITELEY 1939-1992 The Orange Table 1977-1978
synthetic polymer paint, oil, tempera, charcoal and oyster shells on plywood, © Wendy Whiteley
SOLD for $1,586,000 (est. $1,000,000–1,400,000)
HOWARD ARKLEY 1951-1999 Neapolitan Delight 1993
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Sold for $1,464,000 (est. $800,000-1,000,000)
** SECOND-HIGHEST PRICE ACHIEVED AT AUCTION FOR THE ARTIST **
HOWARD ARKLEY 1951-1999 Plain and Fancy 1993
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Sold for $1,220,000 (est. $600,000-800,000)
** THIRD-HIGHEST PRICE ACHIEVED AT AUCTION FOR THE ARTIST **
FRED WILLIAMS 1927-1982 Upwey Landscape (Winter) (1968)
oil on canvas
Sold for $976,000 (est. $800,000-1,200,000)
TOM ROBERTS 1856-1931 She-Oak and Sunlight (1889)
oil on wood
Sold for $939,400 (est. $220,000-280,000)
** SECOND-HIGHEST PRICE ACHIEVED AT AUCTION FOR THE ARTIST **
JOHN BRACK 1920-1999 On the Rings 1975
oil on canvas
Sold for $854,000 (est. $350,000-550,000)
JEFFREY SMART 1921-2013 Approach to a City III (1968)
oil on canvas
Sold for $793,000 (est. 650,000-850,000)
BRETT WHITELEY 1939-1992 The Blue Bathroom 1963
oil, tempera and collage on board
Sold for $732,000 (est. 600,000-800,000)
SIDNEY NOLAN 1917-1992 Kelly and Township 1964
synthetic polymer paint on composition board
Sold for $671,000 (est. 550,000-650,000)
RUPERT BUNNY 1864-1947 Matinée ensoleillée (Morning Sun) (circa 1913)
oil on canvas
Sold for $610,000 (est. 500,000-600,000)
Sale Number: AU0840

Important Australian Art


With strong buyer interest, the November auction of Important Australian Art achieved $13,917,150 – a new record for a November art auction and the second-highest result for an art auction in the company’s history. Our 2019 art auction total has surpassed $39,000,000, the second-highest annual total ever recorded by Sotheby's Australia.  As a result, for the fourth consecutive year Sotheby’s Australia has continued its clear market leadership in art auction sales in Australia.

Outstanding results were realised for Australian artists spanning traditional, modern and contemporary art, including an auction record for Carol Jerrems, whose Vale Street 1975 (lot 1, estimate $30,000–50,000) sold for $122,000 – more than ten times the previous record for the artist. 

Important Australian Art presented a collection of works representing exceptional moments in Australian art history. The sale surveyed major stylistic developments, offering rare and prestigious examples of Naturalism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Modernism, and Abstraction, along with ground-breaking examples by the most influential artistic innovators of historical, modern and contemporary Australian art.

AUCTION IN SYDNEY
20 NOVEMBER 2019 l 6.30 PM
INTERCONTINENTAL SYDNEY
117 MACQUARIE STREET, SYDNEY

EXHIBITION

Melbourne

14-16 Collins Street
MELBOURNE  VIC  3000 
Tel: +61 (0)3 9508 9900 
Fax: +61 (0)3 9671 3096
enquiries@sothebysaustralia.com.au

WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER -

SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER

10AM - 5PM

 

Sydney

30 Queen Street 
WOOLLAHRA  NSW  2025 
Tel: +61 (0)2 9302 2402
Fax: +61 (0)2 9263 1100 
enquiries@sothebysaustralia.com.au

THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER -

WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER

10AM - 5PM

 
CONTACT INFORMATION +

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

Auction Results & Details

Sale Total: Total Sales Figure (Including Premium) $13,917,150.00

DOWNLOAD RESULTS

EXHIBITION TIMES +

MELBOURNE

14-16 COLLINS STREET, MELBOURNE

WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER -

SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER

10AM - 5PM

SYDNEY

30 QUEEN STREET, WOOLLAHRA

THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER -

WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER

10AM - 5PM








Important Australian Art - AU0840 © William Dobell/Copyright Agency, 2019
26 WILLIAM DOBELL
1899-1970

Woman in a Salon (Helena Rubinstein) 1960

Estimate $400,000 - $600,000 Lot Sold: $488,000 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © Estate of Fred Williams/Copyright Agency, 2019
27 FRED WILLIAMS
1927-1982

Upwey Landscape (Winter) (1968)

Estimate $800,000 - $1,200,000 Lot Sold: $976,000 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © Wendy Whiteley
29 BRETT WHITELEY
1939-1992

The Blue Bathroom 1963

Estimate $600,000 - $800,000 Lot Sold: $732,000 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © Wendy Whiteley
30 BRETT WHITELEY
1939-1992

The Orange Table 1977-1978

Estimate $1,000,000 - $1,400,000 Lot Sold: $1,586,000 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © Helen Brack
31 JOHN BRACK
1920-1999

On the Rings 1975

Estimate $350,000 - $550,000 Lot Sold: $854,000 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © Helen Brack
32 JOHN BRACK
1920-1999

The Butcher's Bouquet 1968

Estimate $280,000 - $350,000 Lot Sold: $341,600 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © The Estate of Howard Arkley/Licensed by Kalli Rolfe Contem
33 HOWARD ARKLEY
1951-1999

Neapolitan Delight 1993

Estimate $800,000 - $1,000,000 Lot Sold: $1,464,000 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © Peter Booth/Copyright Agency, 2019
34 PETER BOOTH
born 1940

Painting 1988

Estimate $80,000 - $120,000 Lot Sold: $97,600 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © The Estate of Howard Arkley/Licensed by Kalli Rolfe Contem
35 HOWARD ARKLEY
1951-1999

Plain and Fancy 1993

Estimate $600,000 - $800,000 Lot Sold: $1,220,000 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840
36 SHANE COTTON
born 1964

Self-Portrait 2005

Estimate $20,000 - $30,000 Lot Sold: $24,400 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © Courtesy of John Kelly
39 JOHN KELLY
born 1965

Man Lifting Cow 2014

Estimate $40,000 - $60,000 Lot Sold: $67,100 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © Asher Bilu
40 ASHER BILU
born 1936

Finite Chips 1989-2011

Estimate $15,000 - $25,000    Lot Sold: SOLD
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © William Robinson
41 WILLIAM ROBINSON
born 1936

Across the Gorge Landscape (1988)

Estimate $60,000 - $80,000 Lot Sold: $70,760 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © William Robinson
42 WILLIAM ROBINSON
born 1936

Morning Sun with Flood Gums and Web 1991

Estimate $30,000 - $40,000 Lot Sold: $36,600 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © Estate of Fred Williams/Copyright Agency, 2019
43 FRED WILLIAMS
1927-1982

Red Landscape (1966)

Estimate $100,000 - $150,000 Lot Sold: $122,000 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840
44 CLIFTON PUGH
1924-1990

Meeting of the Apostle Birds 1958

Estimate $50,000 - $70,000 Lot Sold: $61,000 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © Reproduced with permission of the Margaret Olley Art Trust
45 MARGARET OLLEY
1923-2011

Melbourne Hotel, South Brisbane 1948

Estimate $60,000 - $80,000 Lot Sold: $97,600 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © William Dobell/Copyright Agency, 2019
46 WILLIAM DOBELL
1899-1970

Leslie J. Thompson 1963

Estimate $90,000 - $120,000 Lot Sold: $109,800 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © William Dobell/Copyright Agency, 2019
47 WILLIAM DOBELL
1899-1970

Colour Abstract (Scene on the Harbour) 1960

Estimate $50,000 - $70,000
Important Australian Art - AU0840 © Alan and Jancis Rees/Copyright Agency, 2019
48 LLOYD REES
1895-1988

City Skyline 1955

Estimate $30,000 - $40,000 Lot Sold: $36,600 (including buyer's premium)
Important Australian Art - AU0840
50 RUPERT BUNNY
1864-1947

St Christopher (1903)

Estimate $80,000 - $120,000

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