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Australian Art

Bonhams is Australia's only international auction house, and our wide-reaching global client base enables us to market our Important Australian Art auctions to the world. The Australian Art department holds curated sales of museum-quality works biannually, with a strong emphasis on impeccable provenance. These include paintings, photography, works on paper and sculpture from colonial through to contemporary periods.

We have achieved outstanding results in all areas realising numerous auction records. Highlights include the sale of Fred Williams' masterpiece, You Yangs Landscape 1, 1963 (AU$2,287,500); Margaret Preston's Native Honeysuckle, 1933 (AU$463,600); Arthur Streeton's Between the Lights - Princes Bridge, 1888 (AU$1,220,000); John Brack's The New House, 1953 (AU$1,952,000); and Ray Crooke's The Morning Catch, Fiji Island, 1969-1971 (AU$439,200).

Complementing our scheduled auctions, Bonhams also has an unrivalled reputation for the sale of important single-owner collections. Since the establishment of the department in 2011, we have held the record for the highest grossing single owner sale in Australian auction history, The Grundy Collection, achieving over AU$19 million; the record for the highest grossing single owner sale of contemporary art, The Laverty Collection, achieving over AU$5 million; the prestigious sale of Fairwater: the Collection of Sir Warwick and Lady Fairfax, as well as conducting regular sales on behalf of one of Australia's most important artist's estates, The Estate of Sir Sidney Nolan.

Our specialists located in Sydney and Melbourne have extensive experience advising private collectors, art advisors, and corporate and public institutions on curating their collections, strategies for acquisition and deaccessioning. We warmly invite you to contact us to discuss your collection.

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Merryn Schriever


Merryn Schriever is Director of Bonhams Australia, having joined Bonhams in 2013. Merryn has overseen significant diversification and expansion of the company's presence in the Australian market, resu…

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Alex Clark


Alex Clark began his career at Christie's in 2002 and, following a move to Sotheby's Australia, he joined Bonhams as an Australian art specialist in 2011. During his career he has been involved with t…

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Francesca Cavazzini


Francesca Cavazzini is an Aboriginal Art Specialist at Bonhams Sydney. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Art History and following five years as a spe…

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Kate Floro

Office Manager

Kate Floro graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2008 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Kate is the office manager and senior administrator of Bonhams Australia. She joined Bonhams in 2012 …

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Cassi Young

Senior Specialist, Head of Sale

Cassi Young is Senior Specialist and Head of Sale for Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary Art department in London. Her areas of expertise include the emerging contemporar…

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