Monday, January 17, 2011

Under The Hammer, Again

Another of my small paintings from 2002, Sports Career Babe: The Boxer (Resized for Easy Consumption), in high gloss enamel on board, 40cm x 50cm, is to be sold at Lawson-Menzies Quarterly Fine Art Auction in Sydney on Wednesday, 23rd February. The pre-sale estimate is $A5,000 to $A7,000. Last month, at Menzies Art Brands' final auction of Australian fine art for 2010, in Melbourne, a small 2002 painting, Career Babe: The Surf Life Saver (Resized for Easy Consumption), in high gloss enamel on board and measuring just 40cm x 50cm, sold for $A7,200, including commissions. This exceeded pre-sale estimates of $A3,800 to $A4,500 and set a new Australian high for my smallest works.
Also in next month's Lawson-Menzies sale is Death Angel (above) in high gloss enamel on canvas, 147.5 x 105.5cm. Unsold at my first-ever exhibition at a commercial art space – Ultra Violet One, at Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, in 1998 – the pre-sale estimate now is $A11,000 to $14,000, more than ten times the price the gallery put on it twelve years ago.

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