Bronze is the New Gold



Guy Boyd 'The Dancer'



High-end works proved to be the big sellers on Wednesday evening at Shapiro Auctioneer’s Australian and International Art Auction. There was a strong trade presence in the saleroom at Woollahra. Art dealers and private collectors competed against one another for an impressive selection of bronze sculptures and paintings by leading artists of the post war period.


In its first appearance on the market since 1961, a still life with fruit and flowers by the Scottish Colourist artist George Leslie Hunter (1877-1931) sold for $109,800 (IBP). The work was sold with its original bill of sale from Aitken Dott & Son, Edinburgh and was one of the highlights of the International paintings.


Closer to home prominent works by the Australian painters Albert Lee Tucker and Margaret Olley proved popular. Tucker’s Pioneer Head (1968) and Olley’s Still Life with Tablecloth (c. 1988) both sold for $73,200 (IBP) each; white Rose, a rare size but distinctive work by Margaret Olley fetched $29,280 (IBP).


With their pristine dark patinas Clement Meadmore’s two iconic bronze sculptures were both favourites during the viewing and drew impressive results at auction. Here Comes Charlie (1998) sold at $70,760 (IBP) while its smaller companion Lush Life (1995) went for $46,360 (IBP).


Shapiro’s noteworthy selection of bronze sculptures were an overall highlight of the sale. Guy Boyd’s monumental figure The Dancer (1987) beat its top end estimate selling for $12,200 (IBP), as did Clifford Last’s handsome sculpture Totem which reached the same price.


An uplifting touch of spring was in the air on Wednesday evening and buyers proved predisposed to appreciate works of vibrant colour such as Donald Friend’s early work titled Cairns Landscape, (1956) which sold to the room for $43,920 (IBP) against a pre-sale estimate of $12-18,000. Another notable sale was John Olsen’s watercolour Sunset at the Lily Pond (1996) which went for $42,000 (IBP). David Boyd’s lively oil on board Golden Autumn was yet another colourful highlight selling for $12,444 (IBP).


Sale total was $804,602.00, clearance by value 81%.


The next Fine Arts sale is scheduled for November 2012.

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