Minters masterpieces may fetch $480k

By Reporter|13 July 2015

The jewels of Minter Ellison’s contemporary art collection will go under the hammer next week as the firm prepares to move into a new office space.

Fifty-six pieces of Minters’s corporate collection will be sold on 21 July by Sothebys, including several photographs by Max Dupain and a sculpture by Makigawa valued between $60,000 to $80,000.

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The value of the collection, which was hand-picked in 2001, is estimated at $335,600 to $480,700.

Professional curator Amanda Love lovingly selected a tasteful assortment of works by Adam Cullen, Bill Henson, Akio Makigawa, Rosemary Laing, Robert MacPherson, Tracey Moffatt, Patricia Piccinini and Imants Tillars.

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Dupain’s most famous work, The Sunbaker (1937), is set to reach between $15,000 and $20,000.

The collection was originally curated 14 years ago to suit Minters’ premises in Aurora Place, but a move to open-plan offices required a “reassessment”, according to partner Katrina Groshinski.

In particular, Makigawa’s sculpture Wisdom of Water was deemed so site-specific that it would be impossible to relocate.

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it’s more difficult to calculate how many six-minute billing increments can purchase a single Bill Henson landscape, valued at $12,000 to $18,000.

Makigawa, Wisdom of Water

Minters masterpieces may fetch $480k
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