Goodman sells up in Australia

10 January 2011

AFTER just one year at the helm of Sotheby’s Australia, Tim Goodman has retired as chairman and principal shareholder.

Bonhams move into Aboriginal art

06 December 2010

CONFIRMING their intentions in the Australian market, Bonhams have launched an Aboriginal art department in Sydney.


Australia’s finest sideboard takes over £300,000

22 November 2010

IT measures over 11ft (3.4m) wide and stands 11ft 6in (3.5m) high, was built in Melbourne and is carved over the entire surface with figure and details emblematic of the foundation and history of the state of Victoria.

Theodore Bruce up the stakes in Sydney with new saleroom

20 September 2010

THEODORE Bruce Auctions, based in Adelaide since the 19th century, have established a “mid-tier” saleroom in Sydney.

Australian trade see off ‘double whammy’ threat

06 September 2010

DEALERS Down Under have successfully fought off the recommendations of a government report that threatened to disrupt the status quo in the Australian art market.


An object lesson in embellishment

23 August 2010

THE Viennese mahogany commode, pictured here at the top, has undergone a remarkable transformation since it sold along with its companion pair at auction in 1993 as part of the Thurn and Taxis sale.

Outcry over Australian bid to ban pension funds from buying art

05 July 2010

INVESTORS and artists in Australia are in uproar at proposals to ban self-managed pensions from putting their money in art.

Bonhams stamp their mark on Australia once more

29 April 2010

BONHAMS have secured a major art collection that puts them squarely at the centre of the Australian auctions scene once more.


Nolan takes the top spot in Australia with Aus$4.5m bid

06 April 2010

SYDNEY auction house Menzies Arts Brands recorded the highest price ever paid for an Australian artwork when Sidney Nolan's First Class Marksman 1946 sold to an anonymous phone bidder for Aus$4.5m (£2.9m) at their latest sale.

Australia reverses policy and adopts Artist’s Resale Right

07 December 2009

AUSTRALIA has reversed its previous government’s decision and introduced its own version of the Artist’s Resale Right.

Sotheby’s deal puts an end to Bonhams’ partnership Down Under

05 October 2009

IT’S all change among Australia’s leading auctioneers as Goodmans, linked to Bonhams since 2003, are to adopt the Sotheby’s brand instead.

Leonard Joel launch bushfire appeal in Melbourne

23 February 2009

Leonard Joel auctioneers of Melbourne, Australia, are appealing to vendors to consign art, antiques and jewellery to auction and donate the proceeds to the Victorian Disaster Appeal to help victims of the Victorian bushfires.

Australian bank challenge PayPal policy

26 August 2008

The Reserve Bank of Australia are to challenge eBay on their decision to make PayPal mandatory on all sales listings. The RBA says it will “shortly be holding discussions with PayPal [an eBay subsidiary] with a view to seeking the removal of these rules”.

EBay Australia drop case for PayPal exclusivity

14 July 2008

EBAY Australia have decided to drop the case for PayPal exclusivity ahead of a decision on the matter fro the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Bonhams expand Australian operations

02 June 2008

BONHAMS have expanded their Australian operations by buying Melbourne auction house Leonard Joel.

Antiques fair at Sydney University

27 May 2008

A BROAD range of antiques will be available at the University of Sydney Antique Fair on June 8 and 9.

Dispute over terms for online sales contract

06 May 2008

Auctioneer unhappy about need to opt out at short notice


Australia’s blueprint sells for over £100,000

20 August 2007

In the same way that Americans hold any material relating to the Pilgrim Fathers in the highest esteem, so anything associated with Australia’s earliest European settlers carries a huge premium for its domestic market.

Bonhams Shout: VC best smashed

07 August 2006

“WE will make a name for ourselves and Australia tomorrow.” This was how Captain Shout fired up his band of troops the night before the assault at Gallipoli in the First World War.

Australia reject resale royalty but invest A$6m in artists instead

22 May 2006

AUSTRALIA have rejected Droit de Suite.

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