Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Aviatrix Flies High

Oh my God!
I just received an email informing me that my large enamel on board painting, Dangerous Career Babe: The Aviatrix, was sold tonight for $A32,701 at Christie's sale of Modern And Contemporary Australian And South African Art in London. This exceeded the low-end of Christie's pre-sale estimate and represents a new record for my work at auction – an extraordinary achievement during a global economic downturn, especially for someone who has yet to exhibit in Europe.
Last December, at another Christie's sale in London, two of my early enamel Career Babes, set a new high for my work of over $A23,000. However, this is my second heart-stopping – and totally unexpected – auction result in less than a week.
I have to lie down for a while. I think I'm hyper-ventilating.


Mona said...

You keep lying down.
Well done Hazel.
I think that you are showing the way forward for a lot of people (artits).
Good on yer...etc
Really think what you are doing is brilliant.
just wish that first time i saw you in GW or whatever Sat mag it was all those years ago that I had bought something of yrs when you were maybe in my price range.

Mona said...

there was a F. slip if ever there was.
That should have of course been "artists" you see what happens with yr 'freedom of expression'!!!

Jan de Meere said...

Dear Hazel,

You will be pleased to learn that your Aviatrix has been bought by the son in law of a friend of mine here in Belgium. He is about your age and this was his first acquisition in art. He was as nervous as you, but very happy and proud that he could buy it. He is living in the USA right now and there is were your painting is going to.
Best wishes,

Jan de Meere

Anonymous said...

Wow. Amazing result, especially these days. Like Mona, I wish I'd bought when you were affordable.

Mona said...

Hey Anon!
As a very 'poor' blogger and 'mother' of three I do suspect that when I read about hazel's trip to the lake all those years ago that Hazel was already out of my (price) league
And it sounds like the 'Aviatrix' has got a good home

Hazel Dooney said...

Mona, nothing is impossible. I have special works, at special prices, for 'mothers'. Never, ever believe I am out of your price range.

Email me.


Anonymous said...

Regarding your response to Mona -
...well, that and a bunch of other reasons.


Anonymous said...

Congratualtions Haz!! And how lovely to hear who purchased it too!
love to you xxliv

artcanyell said...

That is fantastic. Congratulations

Your babe has done so well and will be US citizen soon too :-)

Hopefully you have visiting rights.

Jennie said...

OMG you must be thrilled! congratulations :D I am so happy for you - merry christmas!

Kate said...

what a buzz!
just what you (and all artists) need to keep moving forward........

Anonymous said...

Proud of you Hazel.

artcanyell said...

I read this morning that only 1/3rd of the artworks up for auction found new homes, 2/3rds were passed in. That is the biggest fall in the art market ever I would think.

drips of paint said...

Good for you.

Merry Christmas...

tthiedeman said...

Why you are surprised never ceases to amaze me!
Enjoy the satisfaction - and keep a smug smile on your face for quite some time;)