Author Archives: Terry Ingram


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Australian Museum Acquires Major Old Master Painting

Last month, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, unveiled its recent acquisition of a major work, Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist, by Correggio (Antonio Allegri). Read More


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Australian Auctions Indicate Mixed Picture of Art Market

The sale of important Australian and International Art held on August 23, by Sotheby’s Australia, which is a Sotheby’s franchise owner, realized a buoyant $A4.9 million ($5.1 million) including premium, equal to 106.5 per cent by value and 78 per cent by volume. Read More


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Auction House Owners Shuffled Again in Australia’s Volatile Market

Only one year after it was issued, a ten-year license to use the Sotheby’s name in Australia has been resold to a consortium of five investors headed by Geoffrey Smith, formerly senior curator at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Read More


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Australian Art Sale in Melbourne Falls Short of Expectations

The first sale of important Australian art held by Sotheby’s Australia as a franchise operation, in Melbourne on April 20, fell short of expectations. Read More


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Record $5M Nolan Painting Leads Menzies Australian-Art Auction

During the buoyant auction of Australian aboriginal and international fine art held by Menzies Fine Art Auctioneers in its salerooms in Sydney, Australia, on March 25, a new auction record of A$5.4 million ($4.9 million) was set for any Australian artwork. Read More


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Collector Profile: John Schaeffer

Friends of the businessman John Schaeffer were surprised to receive a Christmas card from him last year with an illustration of arguably the most famous painting by Frederick Leighton (1830–96) on the front. Read More


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Australian Art Exceeds Expectations at Sotheby’s

The first Sotheby’s art auction in Australia under a new franchise agreement was held in Melbourne on Nov. 23, and grossed A$7.4 million ($6.8 million), exceeding the overall estimate of A$4.7 million/6.5 million. Read More


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International Buyers Boost Sotheby’s Aboriginal Art Auction

Despite a rise in the value of the Australian dollar, the top three lots in Soth­eby’s Australia’s sale of Aboriginal and Oceanic art in Melbourne on Nov. 24 went to overseas buyers. Read More


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Sotheby’s Sells Australian Operations to Rival House

On Sept. 28, Sotheby’s announced it would sell its Australian auction operations to First East Auction Holdings, which owns rival Sydney auctioneer Bonhams & Goodman (the Australian branch of Bonhams), for an undisclosed sum. Read More


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Australian Museum Buying Boosts Deutscher Auction Total

Australian art museums helped bolster the sale of Australian and international fine art held by Deutscher and Hackett on April 29. Read More


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Cutting-Edge Works Spark Competition at Australian Sales

There was strong competition for less-expensive artworks—especially by previously hard-to-buy young Australian artists—at auctions held by Sotheby’s, Bonhams & Goodman and Deutscher and Hackett in Melbourne on Nov. 23–26.
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Menzies’ Lack of Disclosure Draws Auctioneers’ Ire

Bonhams & Goodman, the Australian affiliate of London-based auctioneer Bonhams, has filed a complaint with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australia’s competition watchdog agency, against Menzies Art Brands (MAB), which has claimed market leadership in the unregulated Australian art-auction industry. Read More


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Australian Art Scores Record Prices Despite Drop in Volume

For the first time since the subprime crisis took hold, sold-by-lot rates and prices fell markedly at the spring round of art auctions here August 25–28. Read More


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Exhibitors Report Mixed Results at Biennial Melbourne Art Fair

Sales at the eleventh biennial Melbourne Art Fair, held in the Royal Exhibition Building July 30–August 3, totaled A$12.1 million ($10.5 million), an increase of 16 percent over those of 2006, according to the Melbourne Art Fair Foundation. Read More