Bonhams is Australia's only international auction house, and our wide-reaching global client base enables us to market our Important Australian Art auctions to the world. The Australian Art department holds curated sales of museum-quality works biannually, with a strong emphasis on impeccable provenance. These include paintings, photography, works on paper and sculpture from colonial through to contemporary periods.

We have achieved outstanding results in all areas realizing numerous auction records. Highlights include the sale of Fred Williams' masterpiece, You Yangs Landscape 1, 1963 (AU$2,287,500); Margaret Preston's Native Honeysuckle, 1933 (AU$463,600); Arthur Streeton's Between the Lights - Princes Bridge, 1888 (AU$1,220,000); John Brack's The New House, 1953 (AU$1,952,000); and Ray Crooke's The Morning Catch, Fiji Island, 1969-1971 (AU$439,200).

Complementing our scheduled auctions, Bonhams also has an unrivaled reputation for the sale of important single-owner collections. Since the establishment of the department in 2011, we have held the record for the highest grossing single owner sale in Australian auction history, The Grundy Collection, achieving over AU$19 million; the record for the highest grossing single owner sale of contemporary art, The Laverty Collection, achieving over AU$5 million; the prestigious sale of Fairwater: the Collection of Sir Warwick and Lady Fairfax, as well as conducting regular sales on behalf of one of Australia's most important artist's estates, The Estate of Sir Sidney Nolan.

Our specialists located in Sydney and Melbourne have extensive experience advising private collectors, art advisors, and corporate and public institutions on curating their collections, strategies for acquisition and deaccessioning. We warmly invite you to contact us to discuss your collection.


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