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The Rod Menzies Estate | Indigenous Art Collection | Auction Part II

Cooee Art Leven 17 Thurlow Street Redfern

Tuesday 5th March 2024

The Rod Menzies Estate | Indigenous Art Collection | Auction Part II

Cooee Art Leven 17 Thurlow Street Redfern

Tuesday 5th March 2024

We are pleased to introduce the March 5th auction, headlining Part II of the Indigenous art collection of the late Rod Menzies. Part 1 of the special deaccession offering was held in November 2023 and saw all 103 artworks on offer sold, achieving 130% of the sale’s total pre-sale value.


Rod Menzies took an assertive financial interest in the stock that he consigned. He amassed and cared for an impressive collection of Australian Indigenous artworks which were on permanent display at Noorilum, his estate located between Seymour and Shepparton in Central Victoria.


Menzies was continually growing audiences for Indigenous and Australian art. He toured his finest Indigenous artworks in the exhibition, ‘Masterworks from the Menzies Collection’ to regional galleries throughout Australia between 2006 and 2008. It included several of the large-scale paintings that were included in our November sale along with others that are on offer in this Part II catalogue. Artworks that toured in this sale are: Maggie Napangardi Watson’s Mina Mina Dreaming, 1995 (Lot 34); Judy Watson’s, Women’s Dreaming, 1995 (Lot 35), and two works by Ronnie Tjampitjinpa - Water Story (Lot 33) and Tingari Dreaming, 1997 (Lot 66).


Several of the artworks included in this offering currently hold, or have previously held, the artist’s market records, meaning when purchased they sold for the highest amount any artwork by the artist has sold for. Our cover lot is one such work. Purchased by Rod Menzies in 2008, this large-scale piece depicting aspects of the Mina Mina Dreaming by Maggie Watson (Lot 34) holds the artist’s sold record when last sold for $348,000. The on-going rationalisation of the considerable Rod Menzies estate holdings includes hundreds of important Australian and International paintings, real estate, and a large range of additional assets. For this reason, Mina Mina Dreaming carries a pre-sale estimate of just $90,000 to $150,000 in this deceased estate sale.


Preceding the 87 works in this final tranche of the Menzies Indigenous art collection are a small number of selected pieces being offered from mixed private vendors. These include a lovely watercolour depicting Glen Helen Gorge by Albert Namatjira, carrying an estimate of $30,000-40,000, (Lot 9); and paintings by John Mawurndjul, Kitty Kantilla alongside several pieces by Emily Kam(e) Kngwarray(e) whose solo exhibition is currently on view at the National Gallery of Australia and will be shown in 2025 at the Tate Modern in London. Emily Kngwarreye’s artworks are becoming more and more scarce in the market.


We look forward to welcoming you during the viewing at Cooee Art Leven’s Redfern galleries for this one-of-a-kind deaccession sale of the Menzies collection.


LOTS 1 - 14

INDIGENOUS FINE ART  I  PROPERTY OF MIXED VENDORS


LOTS 15 - 101

INDIGENOUS FINE ART  I  THE ROD MENZIES ESTATE INDIGENOUS ART COLLECTION PART II

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