Some of the strongest performers on the night were artefacts. This collection of artefacts from SE Australia sold for $AUD62K against an upper estimate of $AUD20,000
Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 29.05.13
Gallery: Alcaston Gallery
Who logged on to Sotheby's last night to watch or bid in the live auction of Anthony & Beverly Knight's collection of early Papunya art?
Predictably there were a lot of great pieces. Items selling well over the estimate include Tommy McRae Returning from the Chase, George Tjangala Men and Women at Snake Ceremony, Timmy Payungka Tjapangati Ceremonial Dreaming Journey, Johnny Warangula Tjupurrula Wild Potato, the Charles Henry Kerry/Henry King Albums, John Kiparra Tjakamarra Corroboree Man Sitting in Cave, Uta Uta Tjangala Special Pintupi Travelling Ceremony and Queenie McKenzie Rainbow Snake over Texas Downs.
But some of the star performers of the night were the artefacts, a 76.4cm womera sold for almost double the estimate at $AUD22K, an Early and Exceptional Parrying Shield for $AUD55K (est. $15-20K), and a collection of artefacts from South East Australia sold for $AUD62K against an upper estimate of $20K.
Here are the prices of some paintings sold on the night:
Tommy McRae circa 1830-1901 Returning from the Chase (c 1890) 24x35cm sold for $AUD65,000
Charles Henry Kerry; Henry King 1857-1928; 1855-1923 ALBUMS 1-6 (EARLY 20TH CENTURY) gelatin silver print 21.4x16.6cm (144) sold for $AUD190,000 ($AUD231,800 IBP)
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