Owston Collection Sale by Bonhams Raises AUS$13.1 Million


LONDON.- International fine art auction house Bonhams completed the sale of the Owston Collection (June 25 & 26) in Sydney, Australia, with a total of AUS$13.1 million. The two-day sale held in Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal attracted 1,400 people registered to bid. Australian bidders purchased over 80% of the collection, with overseas bidders buying the rest. Highlights of the sale included: • A rare set of twelve George III collector’s cabinets in which the great British naturalist Sir Joseph Banks stored his Australian geological specimens ($300,000) • Philip Reinagle and Sawrey Gilpin (British 1749–1833), Portrait of Colonel Thornton ($348,000) • Norman Alfred Williams Lindsay (Australian 1879-1969), ‘The Sisters’ ($288,000) • A fine Irish Regency mahogany dining table ($288,000) • An impressive Victorian silver Equestrian group of an Indian spearing a buffalo by Charles Fr