He sees Storrier and Gary Shead, whose painting The Royal Touch went for $202,500, as the “best ambassadors for living artists that can consistently make value” in the $100,000 to $150,000 price range.
The market for more recent work was uneven. Early in the sale, David Larwill’s The Early Bird from 2004 sold for $44,182, above its $20,000 to $30,000 estimate.
Anthony Lister’s street art style was also well received, with his Supernatural Disorder 4 from 2014 selling for $19,636 on an estimate of $12,000 to $16,000.
But works by Zhong Chen and Deborah Paauwe sold below estimate, and Ben Quilty’s painting Insignia 4 and Tracey Moffat’s photograph Something More #7 were both passed in.
Jeffrey Smart’s Campbell Street from 1963 sold for $392,727 at the upper end of its estimate. His early work Motifs in London, produced before the artist developed his signature style, drew less attention, selling below estimate at $20,864.