The Most Important Contemporary Australian Painting To Be Offered For Sale At Public Auction In A Decade

The embargo has been lifted, and Cooee Art is delighted to announce that its secondary art platform the Art MarketPlace will hold its first Aboriginal art auction in Sydney on Tuesday November 14th with a tightly curated 60-80 lot sale. In order to conduct this and future auctions of Aboriginal Art over the next 2 years, Cooee Art, owner of Australia’s oldest Aboriginal Art Gallery, has teamed up with the world’s newest online auction platform, Fine Art Bourse (F.A.B.), a revolutionary strategic alliance that will cut the buyer’s premium by 80% compared to other auction houses in Australia. The traditional and current model for auctions is a Buyers Premium of 25% on top of the hammer price yet this collaboration has slashed this to just 5%.

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VIP Viewing: 9th November 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Big Dreams by Shane Smithers

23rd September to 21st October 2017
Opening: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: Bondi Beach Cooee Art Gallery
Address: 31 Lamrock Ave, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

Artetyerre - Billy Benn

16th September to 8th October 2017
Opening: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: Paddington Gallery
Address: 326 Oxford Street Paddington 2021

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An Insider's History of the Aboriginal Art Trade
by Adrian Newstead OAM
foreword Djon Mundine OAMpublisher Brandl & Schlesinger

Part road trip, part memoir, part history, part political commentary, The Dealer is the Devil is illuminatingly thought-provoking and provocative. It is an incredibly exciting and fast paced account of the fluctuating fortunes and exponential success of the Aboriginal art movement, with all of the elements one would expect of a complex drama, played out on a national and international stage.

"Every rock, every hill, every water, I know that place backwards and forwards, up and down, inside out. It`s my country and I got names for every place."

Queenie McKenzie at Black Fellas Creek, Old Texas, 1995
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