'Identical' Joan Miro artwork causes confusion

By Peter Fish | The Australian Financial Review | Thursday 25 November 2015

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Art lovers did a double take when confronted with the colour lithograph Montroig IV by Spanish artist Joan Miro at this week's viewings for Shapiro's auction of Australian and international art in Sydney's Woollahra.

A virtually identical work was among paintings and prints at Leonard Joel's sale of Colin and Kay Lanceley's studio home the previous week (see The Australian Financial Review, Nov 19).

A large and striking image, the print faintly resembles a yawning figure with moon and stars behind.

Artist prints, which should not be confused with commercial reproductions such as modern posters, allow the sale of a small edition of hand-made and individually supervised images at an affordable price.

It turns out the Miro at Shapiro, also from a Sydney vendor, is from a 1974 edition, a year later than that at the Lanceley sale. It also appears to have a stain in the field.

The two auctioneers are miles apart on estimates. Shapiro says its Miro, which also hails from a Sydney collection, is worth $5000 to $7000. Joel's estimated its Miro at $800 to $1200. The Lanceleys' Miro actually fetched a more sensible $9600 including buyer's premium.

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