12/10/2004 - 22:00

Records set at Skea Indigenous art auction

12/10/2004 - 22:00

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Records set at Skea Indigenous art auction

AN auction of the Aboriginal art collection of bankrupt Perth lawyer Rohan Skea has yielded 10 individual artists record prices.

Sotheby’s director of Aboriginal art Tim Klingender said the auction results were very strong.

“Considering the collection was recently purchased and hadn’t been especially curated for auction, the result is very good,” Mr Klingender told WA Business News.

“The trustees in bankruptcy gave little flexibility on the reserve price, and they were not low estimates.”

Mr Klingender said Western Australian Indigenous art had become the most keenly sought after Indigenous art in recent years.

A Queenie McKenzie piece, Kamangalama (Dog Boss Rock) was estimated to fetch between $20,000 and $30,000 at auction. The piece sold for $41,910. Elizabeth Nyumi’s Parwalla was estimated at between $10,000 and $15,000 and sold for $19,140. Both are Western Australian artists and were the two highest prices pieces from the auction.

Records were also set for Boxer Milner Tjampitjin ($9,600), Lily Karedada ($8,400), and Pantjiti Mary McLean ($5,400).

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