Aboriginal art focus leaves Sotheby’s Australia for London

Sotheby’s London will stage its first Aboriginal Art auction in June, in the wake of Sotheby’s Australia’s closure of its Aboriginal department.
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Debil Debil, attributed to Nadjombolmi, Image source Sotheby’s London.

Sotheby’s London will present its first Aboriginal Art sale on 10 June, 75 lots spanning more than 200 years. The catalogue calls this a ‘landmark auction…the first to be held by a major auction house outside of Australia.’

Drawn from the important European holdings of the Thomas Vroom Collection, many of the works being offered have been on long-term loan to the AAMU, Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Utrecht, Netherlands, again touted in the catalogue as ‘the cornerstone’ of their collection.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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