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Deutscher and Hackett
The Laverty Collection Part III - 152 lots

This auction sale has already been held, and the items are no longer available. The lot details are displayed for information only.

Lot #1
Daniel Walbidi

Kirriwirri, 2007
Price Realised: *****

Lot #2
Kalaju Alma Webou

Pinkalakara, 2004
Price Realised: *****

Lot #3
Kalaju Alma Webou

Pinkalakara, 2005
Price Realised: *****

Lot #4
John Mawurndjul

Mardayin Design, 2004
Price Realised: *****

Lot #5
John Mawurndjul

Buluwana, 2001
Price Realised: *****

Lot #6
Paddy Nyunkuny Bedford

Untitled, 1998
Price Realised: *****

Lot #7
Paddy Nyunkuny Bedford

Untitled, 2003
Price Realised: *****

Lot #8
Paddy Nyunkuny Bedford

Untitled, 2004
Price Realised: *****

Lot #9
Paddy Nyunkuny Bedford

Mad Gap, 2005
Price Realised: *****

Lot #10
Rover Thomas (Joolama)

Djugamerri And Bolgumerri, 1991
Price Realised: *****

Lot #11
Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Untitled (Dried Flowers And Fruits)...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #12
Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Untitled, 1992
Price Realised: *****

Lot #13
Kutuwulumi Purawarrumpatu (Kitty Ka...

Untitled, 1997
Price Realised: *****

Lot #14
Wimmitji Tjapangarti

Wartunuma, 1990
Price Realised: *****

Lot #15
Eubena Nampitjin

Canning Stock Route, 1998
Price Realised: *****

Lot #16
Elizabeth Nyumi Nungurrayi

Parwalla, 2001
Price Realised: *****

Lot #17
Eubena Nampitjin

Walamalu Taltu, 2000
Price Realised: *****

Lot #18
Elizabeth Nyumi Nungurrayi

Parwalla, 2001
Price Realised: *****

Lot #19
Rosalie Gascoigne

Rose Pink, 1992
Price Realised: *****

Lot #20
Aida Tomescu

Circumflegrea II, 2007
Price Realised: *****

Lot #21
Aida Tomescu

Alba 3, 2002
Price Realised: *****

Lot #22
William Robinson

Birkdale Farm Construction With Wil...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #23
William Robinson

Springbrook And Numinbah To Mt Warn...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #24
Carl Plate

Graph Segments No.1, 1961
Price Realised: *****

Lot #25
Ken Whisson

Return Again The Brittle Winter, 19...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #26
Ken Whisson

Landscape Marks No. 10, 1992
Price Realised: *****

Lot #27
Dick Watkins

Harlem Airshaft, 1978
Price Realised: *****

Lot #28
Dick Watkins

Summer Daze, 1982
Price Realised: *****

Lot #29
Robert Macpherson

Mayfair: Red Fiji, Four Signs For K...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #30
Richard Larter

Untitled, 1971
Price Realised: *****

Lot #31
Richard Larter

Dithyrambic Painting, 1965
Price Realised: *****

Lot #32
Peter Booth

Painting, c.1975
Price Realised: *****

Lot #33
Peter Booth

Painting (Figure In Burning Landsca...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #34
Peter Booth

Drawing (Two Trees And Lake), 1992 ...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #35
Peter Booth

Drawing (Apocalyptic Landscape), 19...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #36
Peter Booth

Drawing (Factories), 1975
Price Realised: *****

Lot #37
Philip Wolfhagen

Delirium Stage VII, 1990
Price Realised: *****

Lot #38
Djirrirra Wunungmurra

Yukuwa, 2011
Price Realised: *****

Lot #39
Boliny Wanambi

Gudultja, Bamurrunu, Wawurritjpal, ...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #40
Gawirrin Gumana

Dhalwanu, C.2001
Price Realised: *****

Lot #41
Naminapu Maymuru-White

Milngiyawuy (Milky Way) – Larrakitj...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #42
Samson Bonson

Untitled (Lorrkon), 2007
Price Realised: *****

Lot #43
Wuyal Wirrpanda

Dhudi-Djapu (Larrakitj), 2002
Price Realised: *****

Lot #44
Makinti Napanangka

Kungka Kutjarra (Two Women), 2000
Price Realised: *****

Lot #45
Walangkura Napanangka

Yunalla Rockhole, 1997
Price Realised: *****

Lot #46
Naata Nungurrayi

Marrapinti, 2002
Price Realised: *****

Lot #47
Janangoo Butcher Cherel

Girndi, 2007
Price Realised: *****

Lot #48
Janangoo Butcher Cherel

Wawarri, 1999
Price Realised: *****

Lot #49
Margaret Baragurra

Lajarri (Winbar), 2004
Price Realised: *****

Lot #50
Donald Moko

Untitled, 2004
Price Realised: *****

Lot #51
Lorna Fencer Napurrurla

Warna (Snake), 1997
Price Realised: *****

Lot #52
Eubena Nampitjin

Kunkunba, 1996
Price Realised: *****

Lot #53
Keith Stevens

Piltati, 2014
Price Realised: *****

Lot #54
Lucy Ken

Ngayuku Ngura, 2008
Price Realised: *****

Lot #55
William Robinson

Clearing Storm To Fingal, 1996
Price Realised: *****

Lot #56
William Robinson

Grandpop And Children’s Pot, 1997
Price Realised: *****

Lot #57
William Robinson, Errol Barnes, Pot...

Board Riders And Sunbathers On The ...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #58
Noel Mckenna

Man In Landscape, 1990
Price Realised: *****

Lot #59
Noel Mckenna

Flying Owl, 1996
Price Realised: *****

Lot #60
Louise Weaver

Ermine (Speed Racer), 2002
Price Realised: *****

Lot #61
Jon Campbell

It’s A World Full Of Lying Bastards...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #62
James Morrison

Barkley Tablelands - Gosse Creek, 2...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #63
Robert Klippel

No. 664, 1987
Price Realised: *****

Lot #64
Robert Klippel

No. 662, 1987
Price Realised: *****

Lot #65
Robert Klippel

No. 696, 1987
Price Realised: *****

Lot #66
Ken Whisson

Untitled (Carlton Cafe Kitchen), 19...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #67
Richard Larter

Steatopygia Be Blowed Mr Bazin, 196...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #68
Richard Larter

Kingkaid Vision, 1978
Price Realised: *****

Lot #69
Ildiko Kovacs

Roadworks #13, 2005
Price Realised: *****

Lot #70
Ildiko Kovacs

Roadworks, 2005
Price Realised: *****

Lot #71
Ildiko Kovacs

Round About, 2001
Price Realised: *****

Lot #72
Dick Watkins

Untitled (Black And White), 1990
Price Realised: *****

Lot #73
Robert Klippel

Untitled, 1950
Price Realised: *****

Lot #74
Peter Upward

Untitled, c.1971
Price Realised: *****

Lot #75
John Vickery

Ghost Tree, c.1950
Price Realised: *****

Lot #76
Dick Watkins

Untitled, 1972
Price Realised: *****

Lot #77
Aida Tomescu

Urbs II, 2005
Price Realised: *****

Lot #78
Aida Tomescu

Basm Unu, 1993
Price Realised: *****

Lot #79
Timothy Cook

Pumpuni Jilamara, 2002
Price Realised: *****

Lot #80
Timothy Cook

Untitled, 1997
Price Realised: *****

Lot #81
Kutuwulumi Purawarrumpatu (Kitty Ka...

Pumpuni Jilamara, 2003
Price Realised: *****

Lot #82
Taracarijimo Freda Warlapinni

Untitled, 1996
Price Realised: *****

Lot #83
Billy Thomas Joongoorra

Untitled, 1996
Price Realised: *****

Lot #84
Rusty Peters

Garndiwarl Country, 2003
Price Realised: *****

Lot #85
Freddie Timms

Crocodile Hole (Rugoon), 1998
Price Realised: *****

Lot #86
Phyllis Thomas

Garnkeny – Moon Dreaming At Mindi-M...
Price Realised: *****

Lot #87
Phyllis Thomas

Gemerre, 2005
Price Realised: *****

Lot #88
Rammey Ramsey

Warlawoon Country, 2007
Price Realised: *****

Lot #89
Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Ga...

Hunting Ground At Dibirdibi, 2005
Price Realised: *****

Lot #90
Sandy Brumby

Kulitja, 2012
Price Realised: *****

Lot #91
Fred Tjakamarra, Sam Tjampitjin, Tj...

Nunjun, 1996
Price Realised: *****

Lot #92
Tjumpo Tjapanangka

Marruwa, 2006
Price Realised: *****

Lot #93
Nancy Naninurra Napanangka

Tangka, 2003
Price Realised: *****

Lot #94
Muntja Nungurrayi

Munga Munga, 1995
Price Realised: *****

Lot #95
Lucy Yukenbarri Napanangka

Puturr, 1991
Price Realised: *****

Lot #96
Nyunjarn Charlie Nunjun

Lirriwarti, 2002
Price Realised: *****

The Laverty Collection Part III


  • Auction House:
  • Reference:
    #48
  • Description:
    FORWARD BY JOHN MCDONALD

    There is a mystique about the big-time art collector. It’s similar to being a successful punter or a wizard on the stock market. The collector is seen as someone who can pick a winner, perhaps by taking risks that others would never consider. There will be works bought for a small sum that are now worth a fortune, pieces acquired from unknown artists who go on to be superstars.

    This is the rather glamorous image that many have entertained of Liz and Colin Laverty. The truth is more mundane, and much better. Over the years I’ve been in the habit of referring to the Lavertys when anyone asked me questions about ‘investing in art’, if only to show that art cannot be treated in same business-like manner as stocks or real estate. The Lavertys may have put together a valuable collection but they never thought of it as an ‘investment’ or allowed their taste to be influenced by financial considerations other than simple affordability. When the urge was strong there would be ways to overcome that obstacle, such as payment by installments.

    The Lavertys only ever bought a work of art if they truly loved it, although there were various degrees of attraction. Some pieces represent grand passions, others mild flirtations. A secondary consideration was to help out an artist or group of artists, either through direct payment or by bringing their work to wider attention. The Lavertys were always among the first to take an interest in new developments and emerging areas. With more than one region they were pioneers.

    Col’s first interest was in colonial art, chiefly paintings of racehorses and livestock. He accumulated an important collection of these works, researched the topic and published two books. When he became interested in contemporary art he took up the subject with the same passion. When I met the Lavertys in the mid-1980s their house was packed with paintings by artists such as Peter Booth, Ildiko Kovacs, Richard Larter, Allen Mitelman, William Robinson, Aida Tomescu, Tony Tuckson, and Ken Whisson. When Col and Liz committed to an artist they would follow them from show to show, buying multiple works. Their tastes were slightly different, so every purchase involved discussion and debate. While their acquisitions may have seemed compulsive, they were never arbitrary or ill-considered.

    There were many collectors with greater resources than the Lavertys but with none of their hunger for discovery. From the moment Liz and Col became aware of indigenous art at the Brisbane Expo of 1988, they pursued it with extraordinary energy and initiative. In typical fashion Col researched the subject exhaustively and sought to build an understanding of contemporary Aboriginal art and life. He came to the conclusion that indigenous art should not be treated as a separate category within Australian art, but as a natural part of the contemporary scene. This was necessary to break down barriers of prejudice, and to ensure that the artists got a fair deal for their work. He also devoted much thought to the perennial problems of an industry riven by competition, cronyism and forms of petty profiteering.

    Col brought the same attitude to bear in his collecting as in his activities as a doctor and scientist. He wanted to find out how things worked, and how to make them work better. He built up an impressive database, and laid plans for donating artworks to public institutions. This auction is a way for Liz to scale down a collection that has grown to mammoth proportions, and to put money into family matters.

    The lesson of the Laverty collection is that the secret of successful investing in art is to invest in one’s own taste, and to love what you’re doing. No great collection has ever been acquired by means of a strategy. The planning comes along when a critical mass has been reached and it’s time to think of the future. When collecting has been such a pleasure, letting go is hard. The consoling thought is that all collectors are only custodians who take temporary charge of a cultural heritage that belongs to the artists and the world.
  • Sale(s):
    05 Apr 2017 ~ 7pm
    Cell Block Theatre
    National Art School, Sydney
    Forbes & Burton Streets
    Darlinghurst, NSW 2010 Australia
  • Viewing:
    23 Mar 2017 ~ 11am - 6pm
    105 Commercial Road
    South Yarra, VIC 3141
    Australia

    24 Mar 2017 ~ 11am - 6pm
    105 Commercial Road
    South Yarra, VIC 3141
    Australia

    25 Mar 2017 ~ 11am - 6pm
    105 Commercial Road
    South Yarra, VIC 3141
    Australia

    26 Mar 2017 ~ 11am - 6pm
    105 Commercial Road
    South Yarra, VIC 3141
    Australia

    30 Mar 2017 ~ 11am - 6pm
    55 Oxford Street (cnr Pelican Street)
    Surry Hills, NSW 2010
    Australia

    31 Mar 2017 ~ 11am - 6pm
    55 Oxford Street (cnr Pelican Street)
    Surry Hills, NSW 2010
    Australia

    01 Apr 2017 ~ 11am - 6pm
    55 Oxford Street (cnr Pelican Street)
    Surry Hills, NSW 2010
    Australia

    02 Apr 2017 ~ 11am - 6pm
    55 Oxford Street (cnr Pelican Street)
    Surry Hills, NSW 2010
    Australia

    03 Apr 2017 ~ 11am - 6pm
    55 Oxford Street (cnr Pelican Street)
    Surry Hills, NSW 2010
    Australia

    04 Apr 2017 ~ 11am - 6pm
    55 Oxford Street (cnr Pelican Street)
    Surry Hills, NSW 2010
    Australia

Prices realised in this sale include buyers premium of 24.200%.



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