SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA.-Sothebys tonight made Aboriginal art history with the most successful Aboriginal auction ever held. The final total was a spectacular $8,207,940 breaking the record set in July 2003 of $6,950,000 at Sothebys Fitzroy auction.
Tim Klingender, head of Sothebys Australian Aboriginal Art department, said: We are absolutely thrilled with the enormous, unprecedented success of tonights sale. The atmosphere was electric, with standing room only and paddles being waved from all corners of the room. Sothebys broke the record for Aboriginal art at auction, set more than twenty new individual artists records, including Clifford Possum. This historic auction reconfirms Sothebys position as Australias leading auction house and the respect for which the field of Aboriginal art is viewed both in Australia and internationally.
Clifford Possums Warlugulong sold for $2,400,000 million breaking the record of $1.056 for an Aboriginal painting at auction, and the artists own record of $411,750 for Mans Love Story 1993-1994, set by Sothebys in 2005. Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarris most acclaimed work, Two Men Dreaming at Kuluntjarranya, 1984, was extremely well contested and sold for $576,000, breaking the artists record of $23,000. Gordon Bennetts Possession Island achieved $384,000, breaking the Bennett record of $47,500 achieved by Sothebys in 2002 for Haptic Painting Explorer (The Inland Sea) 1993. This price establishes Bennett as one of Australias most important, respected, and valued contemporary Australian artists.