Important Australian and Aboriginal Art
Sir Sidney Nolan, Estate of the late Lady Mary Nolan


Sir Sidney Nolan
Important Works of Art from the Estate of Lady Nolan
19 Nov 2017
Sydney, NCJWA

Important Australian and Aboriginal Art
Sir Sidney Nolan, Estate of the late Lady Mary Nolan


Sir Sidney Nolan
Important Works of Art from the Estate of Lady Nolan
19 Nov 2017
Sydney, NCJWA

Important Australian and Aboriginal Art
Sir Sidney Nolan, Estate of the late Lady Mary Nolan


Sir Sidney Nolan
Important Works of Art from the Estate of Lady Nolan
19 Nov 2017
Sydney, NCJWA

A large collection of paintings from the estate of Lady Mary Nolan will be auctioned in Sydney on November 19, offering a rare chance for collectors to own a piece of history. An incredible 22 Ned Kelly paintings – the most ever to come to market – will be part of the 118-strong collection consigned from the estate of Nolan's widow, Lady Mary Nolan, who died in the United Kingdom last year.

The auction, to be held in Woollahra with public viewings in both Sydney and Melbourne, includes paintings from the 1940s through to the 1980s and ranges across several of the artist's key periods. Mark Fraser, who is handling the sale on behalf of the estate, said works from Nolan's iconic Kelly series were always sought after,

'These are wonderful Kelly paintings which have never been seen on the market before and they have very modest estimates,' Mr Fraser said. 'This auction shows us again how influential Kelly was in Nolan's life, both from a personal perspective and as an important symbol of Australian culture and folklore.'

Mr Fraser said the auction, which coincides with the centenary of Nolan's birth and the 25th anniversary of his death, marked the end of an era in Australian art.

'Lady Nolan's sad passing last year was really the closing chapter in a hugely influential artistic movement that was born out of the Angry Penguins and Heide. She was a remarkable woman, part of an artistic dynasty; sister of Arthur Boyd, married first to John Perceval and later to Sidney Nolan. This auction is a wonderful opportunity to secure works by one of Australia's most revered artists, direct from his widow's estate.'

Highlights from the sale include Gazelle ($80,000-120,000), c.1963, which is considered one of Nolan's best African animal works, the dark and mysterious Kelly, 1964 ($100,000-150,000) and several other more moderately priced Kelly paintings such as Kelly and Landscape, c.1965 ($20,000-30,000) and Kelly with Rifle ($12,000-15,000).

Melbourne viewing: 10am-5pm, Friday, November 10 to Sunday November 12, Como House, cnr Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra.

Sydney viewing: 10am-5pm, Friday, November 17 to Sunday November 19, NCJWA Hall, 111 Queen Street, Woollahra.

Media contact: Emma Miller; tel +61 (0) 401 642 535; press.australia@bonhams.com

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