Criss Canning’s Passion Flowers, 1991 (lot 1265) sold for the same figure, while Arthur Streeton’s (1867-1943) work Hollyhocks (lot 1175) changed hands for $29,875.
Two tribal masks, also from Pender’s PNG collection, finished sixth among the top 10 lots – again with a massive $23,900 result on the paltry $250-$350 estimate.
Iconic First Nations artists Albert Namatjira (1902-1959) watercolour entitled Macdonnell Range Central Australia (lot 1267a) showed a $15,535 return while several other Australian gold nugget specimens totalling 158.5 grams (Lot 545 ) brought $13,800.
The sole piece of furniture to feature in the top 10 was William Hamilton’s (1796-1885) important circa 1845 colonial Australian cedar wine table (Lot 565 ) which sold for $13,800. A cabinetmaker based in Hobart, Hamilton was active from 1832 in Tasmania and his works feature a “centurion’s skirt” apron and scroll feet.