On September 6th 2012 at Leonard Joel Nicole Salvo of the art department presented her seventh collection of highly collectable graphics and editions for auction. These tightly curated auction catalogues present the very best that is available from local collections of Australian and International printmaking. Just under 200 works by some of Australia’s most famous artists and printmakers went under the hammer and the sale was also complimented by some international works. The two highest prices were realised for works by Charles Blackman, with Fairytale Garden of Childhood 1980, lot 3124, realising $4800 (IBP) and lot 3014, The Pink Alice, from an edition of 75, realising $4320 (IBP) which was more than double its presale estimate.
The auction also included a selection of works from The Australian Art Investment Trust Collection which was consigned for gradual dispersal through Leonard Joel under a deed of administration. Amongst the international works offered was a delightful work by the recently deceased American artist James Rizzi, lot 3046 and titled Halloween in the USA 1986 3D, which realised more than double its low estimate to sell for $1020 (IBP) and the striking work, lot 3066 and illustrated, Two Figures 1974 by the Dutch artist Karel Appel, that also exceeded estimates to sell for $1320 (IBP).
Nicole Salvo, Curator for Prints & Editions, commented: “For too long editions and graphics have sat in the back pages of auction catalogues and I think these auctions provide a very focused and interesting opportunity for new and seasoned collectors alike to explore artist editions and in the process realise that often these mediums are as collectable and meaningful, albeit it at a more modest price point, as an oil, a watercolour or a bronze, for that matter”. Entries are now invited for the next Specialist Print Auction which will be held on th 22nd of November 2012 at 11:30am.
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