Deutscher & Hackett had a dismal sale of Aboriginal art, according to The Australian:
The sale of 243 paintings, sculptures and artefacts curated by the company’s chief Aboriginal art curator, Crispin Gutteridge, included Emily Kame Kngwarreye’s trophy work Alalgura (Yam) IV, which was expected to fetch almost $250,000, but was passed in at $160,000.
Mr Gutteridge had been optimistic about the auction despite reports from primary indigenous art dealers of tepid recent trading conditions. But in the first hour of the sale just half the works found buyers and only two of nine works expected to fetch above $100,000 were sold.
Aboriginal market falls flat at auction (The Australian)