Painting and prints specialists from Bonhams auctioneers visit Sydney and Melbourne in search of hidden treasures
Art specialists from Bonhams, the leading international fine art auction house, will host two valuation events in Sydney on 17-19 March and Melbourne on 20-21st March in a bid to discover artworks to be sold in Bonhams, London. Recently, a number of Australian discoveries have made record prices in London auctions (see below).
Visiting specialists Charles O'Brien (19th Century Painting) and Rupert Worrall (Old Master, Modern and Contemporary Prints) will be offering expert advice and free valuations. They welcome local people to bring their painting and prints to the free valuation days in the hope of finding works that are suitable for sale in London.
SYDNEY: 17 - 19th March 2014
Bonhams, 76 Paddington Street, Sydney, NSW 2021
MELBOURNE: 20th - 21st March 2014
Como House, Cnr Williams Road & Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra, VIC 3141
Over the centuries, a wealth of British and European works of art has found its way to Australian shores. Vendors in Australia now have the opportunity to take advantage of the buoyant London art market by sending art works for sale in Bonhams London salerooms. Vendors can ensure that their works of art are marketed in the most important centres for such material and sold in places where the highest prices are achieved.
Bonhams has had great success sourcing art in New South Wales and Victoria in the past:
The Gust of Wind, a 1931 linocut by Ethel Spowers (Australian,1890-1947) sourced from an Australian collector was offered with estimates of £15,000-£20,000. It sold in London for £122,700 (AU$208,200), over five times its pre-sale estimates, setting a new auction record for the artist.
The Crab Pots, an oil painting by Charles Napier Hemy (British, 1841-1917), was consigned from an Australian Institution. It sold in London for £128,500 (AU$237,500) against estimates of £30,000-£50,000.
Bonhams is one of the leading auction houses in the world with over 57 specialist departments and a team of world-renowned experts. Our specialists offer confidential advice on all aspects of buying and selling art at auction.
For more information or to make an appointment please contact:
Merryn Schriever (Sydney) 17 - 19th March 2014
+61 (0) 2 8412 2222
Alex Clark (Melbourne) 20th - 21st March 2014
+61 (0) 3 8640 4088
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com