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posted 19 October 2022

Windobi, 19 October 2022  There were no fireworks in September prior to the big fall sales, but it delivered solid results for the mainstays of international auction houses. Sotheby’s tapped actor Robert Pattinson of Twilight famous for its latest Contemporary Curated sale, and three of its selections made the list of top lots of the month. Willem de Kooning’s Untitled abstract work from around...

posted 21 September 2022

Gabriella Coslovich, Australian Financial Review, 21 September 2022 Cost of living pressures? Nowhere to be seen at Deutscher and Hackett’s auction last week. Collectors splashed out more than $10 million on art, fuelling five new artists’ records, and quieting fears about a post-lockdown market slump. The discretionary budgets of Australia’s wealthiest are clearly strong enough to fund travel...

posted 7 September 2022

Gabriella Coslovich, Australian Financial Review, 7 September 2022 Big-ticket items often get most of the attention at art auctions. Works by the likes of Smart, Streeton, Whiteley, Williams. But go looking beyond these towering figures, go wandering through the underbrush so to speak, and you may find historical gems and remarkable stories. Deutscher and Hackett’s auction next Wednesday in...

posted 25 August 2022

Gabriella Coslovich, Australian Financial Review, 25 August 2022 Jeffrey Smart’s famed portrait of his friend Germaine Greer is on the market for the first time since it was painted in 1984. With an estimate of $1 million to $1.5 million, the work, which was recently on loan to the National Gallery of Australia for its Smart retrospective, could well set a new auction record for the artist. It...

posted 4 August 2022

Gabriella Coslovich, Australian Financial Review, 4 August 2022 Seven fresh records, including one that has propelled modernist painter Margaret Preston into the half-million-dollar club, have made the first of the Cbus art collection auctions a resounding success. Preston’s Coastal Gums, 1929, a brilliant spray of red blossoms from the native Corymbia ficifolia tree, sold for $500,000 (hammer),...