Steven Archer holding an original Hermansberg boomerang painted by Walter Ebataringa, who was a contemporary of Albert Namatjira. The artwork is by Thomas Tjapaltjari and is called Tingari Cycle.
Steven Archer holding an original Hermansberg boomerang painted by Walter Ebataringa, who was a contemporary of Albert Namatjira. The artwork is by Thomas Tjapaltjari and is called Tingari Cycle. SUPPLIED

Aboriginal art sale draws artists

FAIRYMEAD House is about to get a whole new collection with some of the biggest names in Australian art – but this time, they will be for sale.

Paintings and artworks by Albert Namatjira, Walter Ebaterinja, Pro Hart and David Badcock will be up for auction on Sunday, April 18, along with many other rare Aboriginal artefacts, sculptures, jewellery and fine art pieces.

“The works of art include artefacts and boomerangs, woomeras (spear thrower), spears, and Hermansberg paintings by Albert Namatjira and Walter Ebaterinja,” principal auctioneer Steve Archer said.

“There is an extensive collection of Central Desert paintings from boardroom size to small, approximately 50 works, with many established names.”

He said there would also be a selection of marble and bronze sculptures by Max Mannix and Adam Cullen, plus art glass, maritime artefacts, leadlights, antique gold jewellery, books, fossils and gem stones.

For the musically-minded, there will also be antique musical instruments including a violin and a cased flute, vintage radios, and wind-up gramophones.

“This stands as a rare opportunity to offer some very unusual and interesting items,” Mr Archer said.

“Many of the items have little or no reserve.”

He said the rare and highly collectible art and antique items were part of local and deceased estates – and Bundaberg residents were invited to submit their own valuables for auction.

There will be a free valuation day on Saturday, April 17, at Fairymead House, Botanic Gardens, before the auction the next day.

Viewing starts at 9am with the auction set to kick off at 11am.



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