This Autumn edition of Leonard is a feast of storytelling and imagery that speaks to an extraordinary round of forthcoming auctions, spanning both the old and new collecting categories. 

Kelton Collection Leonard Joel Auctions
ANATJARI TJAKAMARRA (c.1930–1992)
Snake Dreaming at Kantawarrany 1978
synthetic polymer paint on canvasboard
60.9 × 45.7cm
$8,000 – 12,000
© Anatjari Tjakamarra /Copyright Agency 2022

From 1-6 April in Melbourne, we have our always highly anticipated Design Icons series, three auctions that unashamedly push the collecting boundaries. I encourage you to pay a visit to this unique curation of limited-edition prints, design, and luxury, at our purpose-designed contemporary setting at University Place in Clayton and enjoy a coffee on us while you browse. 

Leonard Joel presents several notable collections over the next two months. The Kelton Collection of Indigenous Art on 11 April builds on our recent offerings in this space and with our new selection policy focusing on Arts Centre provenance, we look forward to building curated Australian Indigenous Art offerings into our calendar. 

Looking to Sydney, on 12 April we present our fifth Important Jewels auction, a category that never fails to reveal something spectacular. Within this catalogue, the word “spectacular” is certainly owned by the breathtaking 41.7 carat fancy yellow cushion cut diamond ring, with an estimate of $1,500,000 – $2,000,000. Quite simply, a ring of this colour and quality has never been seen before in an Australian auction room. 

Important Jewels Leonard Joel Auctions
A 41.7-carat Fancy Yellow Diamond Ring
$1,500,000 – 2,000,000

May at Leonard Joel sees our third annual dedicated contemporary art offering, Centum. This carefully selected survey of 100 Australian artists has become a favourite in the auction calendar and will continue to evolve with the collecting directions and habits of our community. 

Leonard Magazine is not just about our calendar of auctions and results; it is also about storytelling. In between the imagery of this issue, I hope you take the time to indulge in an article or two, and perhaps even suggest to us a subject you’d like to learn more about or put forward an individual for us to interview.

JOHN ALBRECHT
Chairman / Head of Important Collections

Banner Image: ANATJARI TJAKAMARRA (c.1930–1992) Snake Dreaming at Kantawarrany 1978 (detail) synthetic polymer paint on canvasboard, 60.9 × 45.7cm. $8,000 – 12,000. © Anatjari Tjakamarra /Copyright Agency 2022

March 2022