* The August 24 and 25 sale of Australian art at Sotheby’s in Melbourne totaled over 6.8 million AUD. The top lot was Jeffrey Smart’s The Painted Factory, Tuscany that sold for 870,000 AUD (estimate 600,000-800,000 AUD). Other top sales were Sidney Nolan’s Burke and Wills Exhibition that sold for 552,000 AUD (estimate 450,000-550,000 AUD), Ivon Hitchens’s Flowers in a Blue Jug that sold for 204,000 AUD (estimate 70,000-90,000 AUD), and Ah Xian’s Human, Human (Bust 5) that sold for 180,000 AUD (estimate 80,000-100,000 AUD).
Image: The Painted Factory, Tuscany by Jeffrey Smart, 1972. Courtesy of Sotheby’s.