Art buyers busy at auction

SYDNEY art auctioneers have vowed to return to Newcastle after art work worth thousands of dollars sold under the hammer yesterday.

Arthouse Auctions,  based in Sydney, held its first major auction in the Hunter at Newcastle City Hall from 1pm yesterday.

‘‘We will definitely be back. There were about 100 people at the auction and we had a really good response,’’ Arthouse Auctions managing director Giovanna Fragomeli said. 

The auctioneers sold 70 per cent of their catalogue which included originals by Sidney Nolan, Jasper Knight and David Bromley.

Australian artist Robert Dickerson’s charcoal on paper, titled Head Study,  fetched the highest price of $7500 on the day.

It was bought by an anonymous Newcastle buyer who also purchased David Boyd’s Sunflower Children for $4500.

The charcoal drawing from Charles Blackman’s Schoolgirl Series, which was predicted to sell for the highest price of $24,000 at the auction, did not sell.

Ms Fragomeli said there were 200 works up for grabs and most had been obtained from Sydney galleries, dealers clearing their stockrooms and private vendors.

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