Record Breaking Dupain Auction at Mossgreen Marks a Coming of Age for Australian Photography

By June 20, 2016News

“The results of the auction at Mossgreen in Sydney is the most significant marker of the maturity of the appreciation of photographic arts in Australia” – Gael Newton Former curator at the AGNSW and NGA

Sydney, Australia – Mossgreen’s landmark auction of Max Dupain (1911-1992): Estate Photographs held on 19 June 2016 at the firm’s new glamorous Sydney headquarters totalled a record $1,743,000, establishing a new Australian auction record for any photographs collection. All 500 original photographs by one of Australia’s most famous photographer were sold, with numerous records established including for Dupain’s iconic Sunbaker which far exceeded the previous record selling for $112,778 and establishing a new world auction record for the artist after spirited bidding.

Commenting on the record-breaking auction, Paul Sumner, CEO of Mossgreen and Mossgreen-Webb’s said “This auction marks a watershed moment for Australian photography at auction. We are delighted that the auction was such a roaring success after an extensive marketing campaign around Australia and New Zealand. It was also the perfect start for our new Sydney premises, being the first auction that we have held there.”

In front of a packed house of over 400 registered bidders, the auction saw strong institutional buying as well as private collectors nationally together with multiple new buyers who had never bought photography before. Multiples auction records were set for classic Dupain images including for Jean with Wire Mesh 1938 which sold for $39,804 and Bondi 1939 which sold for $33,170.