Geoffrey Smith isn’t letting his court case distract him from selling art. He’s put together a A$9.4m sale of 80 works for his May event:
Smith tells The Australian his competitors are claiming that Sotheby’s is asking too much for the works but he is confident the prices reflect the market value of the paintings.
Charles Blackman’s well-known schoolgirl board There Was, painted and sold in 1953 and owned privately since, is being offered for $700,000$900,000. If the picture sells for more than $850,000 it will represent a new record for Blackman, one of Australia’s most traded artists.
From the same collection is Arthur Boyd’s Dry Creek Bed, Alice Springs, also painted in 1953. It too will set a record for the artist if the asking price of $1m-$1.2m is reached.
Choice works tipped to set price records (The Australian)