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£1.6m

Records for Aboriginal Art in London

£1.6m

21 September 2016: Today at Sotheby’s in London a new auction record was set for a work by any living aboriginal artist when Michael Nelson Jagamara’s Five Stories, 1984, sold for £401,000 (AU$ 687,877), more than doubling the pre-sale high estimate of £150,000-200,000. Offered from the Gabrielle Pizzi Collection, Five Stories is considered the most iconic work of modern aboriginal art, and is possibly the most published and exhibited work by any indigenous Australian artist.

Following a prolonged bidding battle, Benedict Palmeiua Munkara’s Male And Female Figures of Purukapali and Bim, executed on Bathurst Island in the 1960s, soared to £251,000 (AU$430,566), far in excess of the £30,000-50,000 estimate and setting a record for an aboriginal sculpture at auction. An artist record was set for Warlimpirringa Tjapaltjarri’s untitled painting from 2007, which more than doubled pre-sale expectations to sell for £167,000 (AU$286,473) (estimate: £50,000-80,000). Overall, the auction achieved £1.6m (AU$2.8m), representing a 55% increase in value from last year’s inaugural edition of the Aboriginal Art sale in London.

Tim Klingender, Senior Consultant, Australian Art to Sotheby's London, said “The remarkable prices achieved in the saleroom today reflect the depth of interest from across the globe for these hugely important works of art. To see so much international bidding - and so many new buyers entering the field - points to an exciting future for this annual event in London.”






  • 22.09.2016
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    ABORIGINAL ART 21 SEPTEMBER 2016 | 10:30 AM BST LONDON



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  • Michael Nelson Jagamara born 1948 FIVE STORIES Estimate     150,000 — 200,000  GBP,  LOT SOLD. 401,000 GBP
    Michael Nelson Jagamara born 1948 FIVE STORIES Estimate 150,000 — 200,000 GBP, LOT SOLD. 401,000 GBP
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  • Benedict Palmeiua Munkara circa 1925-1978 UNTITLED, MALE AND FEMALE FIGURES OF PURUKAPALI AND BIMA Estimate   30,000 — 50,000  GBP  LOT SOLD. 251,000 GBP
    Benedict Palmeiua Munkara circa 1925-1978 UNTITLED, MALE AND FEMALE FIGURES OF PURUKAPALI AND BIMA Estimate 30,000 — 50,000 GBP LOT SOLD. 251,000 GBP
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  • Warlimpirringa Tjapaltjarri born circa 1959 UNTITLED Estimate     50,000 — 80,000  GBP  LOT SOLD. 167,000 GBP
    Warlimpirringa Tjapaltjarri born circa 1959 UNTITLED Estimate 50,000 — 80,000 GBP LOT SOLD. 167,000 GBP
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