Max Dupain - Sydney Opera House
Lot 276
Max Dupain - Sydney Opera House 30.3 x 30.3cm (11 15/16 x 11 15/16in).
Sold for AU$ 112,800 (US$ 105,568) inc. premium
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Max Dupain - Sydney Opera House
A collection of 171 gelatin silver chronological prints showing the three stages of the construction of The Sydney Opera House (1958-1973), bound in three volumes; together with Dundas Corbalt Gore's personal photograph album for stage two 1963-1967; the complete hand ledger of sub contracts for stage three; an album of newspaper clippings relating to the building up until is was handed over to the Opera House Trust; Sydney Opera House, Anatomy of Stage Three, Construction & Completion, A General Index by D.S. Littlemore for the Public Works Department, New South Wales; Sydney Opera House Glass Walls by Harry Sowden; Sydney Opera House, An Interim plan for the conservation of the Sydney Opera House and its site by James Semple Kerr; two copies of Sydney Opera House Official Souvenir; original invitation card to the vendor for the first live performance in the Concert Hall on 17 December 1972, along with the official program.

Also included with this lot is the original prototype for the bronze and glass walls and samples of the three different tiles used on the Opera House.
30.3 x 30.3cm (11 15/16 x 11 15/16in).


  • Max Dupain (1911–92) is widely considered to be one of Australia's greatest photographers. Over a period of eight years Max Dupain photographed all aspects of the construction of the Sydney Opera House.

    The photographs are preserved in a three black albums entitled "Sydney Opera House by Max Dupain".

    This collection of photographs was used as a working reference by Baulderstone Hornibrook and was presented to Tom Bishops in recognition for his services to the Opera House.

    Tom Bishops was employed by Baulderstone Hornibrook in 1972 and was the Project Controller for stage three from 1972-1973. After overseeing the handover in 1974 he was placed in charge of the maintenance of the Opera House from 1975 - 1987 and from 1987 - 1997 he was employed as a consultant to the Opera House Trust.
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