Auction Announcement - 29th May 2018

Announcing the Cooee Art MarketPlace 2018 Autumn Auction

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Dear Clients and Friends,

In November 2017, Cooee launched its new auction wing, the Art MarketPlace, with an auction that achieved a success rate of 78% for a sales total of $2,709,506.

This result more than vindicated the decade we have spent building the online resources to underpin auctions specialising in the Indigenous art of Australia and Oceania – resources that are available on our website free of charge to both potential buyers and sellers.

The sale highlight, Emily Kngwarreye’s international art sensation Earth’s Creation I, (275 x 632 cm) sold for $2,1 million. New secondary market records were set for 19 individual artists, including many up-and-coming artists from the APY Lands. 

I am now delighted to announce that we have consigned a fine selection of artefacts, sculptures, paintings, and prints for our first sale of 2018, which will be held on May 29th. The sale will comprise approximately 100 pieces worth a total of at least $1 million.

Information on many of these pieces will be released in newsletters that you will receive electronically every two weeks in the lead up to the sale. Included will be links to an on-going series I have written about buying and selling art, with a special emphasis on collecting fine examples from the oldest living culture in the world.

I welcome feedback and will be most pleased to receive correspondence.

With my very best wishes,




Easter Opening Hours

Cooee Art Gallery Bondi Beach and Paddington will be closed over the Easter break and back open on Tuesday the 3rd of April. Have a great and safe long weekend. 

Winter Opening Hours

Bondi and Paddington Galleries  - Tuesday - Saturday 10am till 5pm


Read the latest issue of the How to Collect Aboriginal Art Online Series



Australian Aboriginal Art

Budgerigar Dreaming by Charmaine Brown Napurrula
Budgerigar Dreaming - 2011
Charmaine Brown Napurrula 1

149 x 120 cm

Collecting Australian Aboriginal Art — Foreword


The Worlds Oldest Living Culture

On a red hot day, in the summer of 2008, I sat down in my rainforest retreat near Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia and began writing about my experiences during 40 years in the commercial art market. I had opened my first art gallery in 1977, been the Managing Director of Australia’s largest fine art auction house for a number of years, and was by then an independent art consultant and the owner of Australia’s oldest Aboriginal art gallery.