Evatt bark collection auction breaks records - Art Collector

Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek, Mimih Spirits Dancing, 1981. Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark, 53 x 86cm. Courtesy: the artist and Bonhams, Sydney

27 November 2013 | Bonhams has reported that its weekend sale of bark paintings and sculptures from the collection of Clive Evatt achieved exceptional results.

The collection included works by renowned bark painters from the 1960s to the 1980s and was the largest single collection of bark paintings to ever be offered at auction. The collection was amassed over four decades by Clive Evatt, barrister and founder of former Hogarth Galleries in Sydney.

The sale total was just under $930,000, well above the pre-auction estimate range of $494,000 - $753,400. There was a 95% clearance rate by lot and 98% by value. There were numerous records set for artists including:
  • Lofty Nabardayal Nadjamerrek: new record of $48,360, previous record $14,400
  • David Malangi: new record of $11,160, previous record $9,000
  • Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru: new record of $21,080, previous record $18,600
  • Peter Marralwanga: new record of $29,760, previous record $21,850
  • James Iyuna: new record of $9,920, previous record $7,440

A Bonhams representative told Art Collector that it was exciting to see so much market support for this important and rare area of Aboriginal art.

You can also read about the Clive Evatt collection of bark paintings and sculpture in the
current issue of Art Collector.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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