Christie's has sold Australian art since the 1960s both in Australia and London. Christie's typically hosts two sales in London each year featuring Australian Art from colonial to contemporary. The great painters of the colonial years, led by John Glover, Eugene von Guérard and Conrad Martens, along with other topographical artists in Australasia in the 19th century, are included in the September Exploration & Travel sales.
Modern + Contemporary Australian Art features the work of Australian artists ranging from the impressionists Arthur Streeton, Tom Roberts and Charles Conder of the Heidelberg School in the 1880s, through the modernists and the great post war generation of Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd, Russell Drysdale, Ian Fairweather, Fred Williams and Brett Whiteley, to the leading late 20th century artists such as Howard Arkley, Rosalie Gascoigne, Paddy Bedford and Emily Kame Kngwarreye.
Highlights of recent sales have included Frederick McCubbin’s impressionist masterpiece Sawing Timber, (£731,700/A$1.6m), Charles Blackman’s Alice amongst Flowers (£356,500/A$823,159), and Sidney Nolan’s Gully (Ned Kelly) (£264,500/A$610,731), all in 2007, and Arthur Boyd’s stunning Reflected Tree, 1976 (£109,250/A$178,515) in December 2010. Private treaty sales have been led by Eugene von Guérard’s magisterial romantic landscape, View of Geelong, sold to the Geelong Gallery, Victoria for £1.6m/A$3.9m, in 2006.