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Menzies Art Brands is Australia’s premier fine art auction house, conducting specialist auctions of Important Australian & International Art three to four times annually in Sydney and Melbourne. In April 2023, the company will celebrate its 25th year of operation, initially as Deutscher~Menzies and later as Menzies Art Brands. Since the company’s inception in 1998, Menzies has secured a strong reputation for the breadth and quality of our auction catalogues and a commitment to delivering exceptional service to our clients.

On 26 November 2020, Menzies made Australian art market history with the sale of Henri’s Armchair 1974-75 by Brett Whiteley for $6.136 million (including buyer’s premium) – the highest price ever paid for an Australian painting at auction. Menzies now accounts for the four highest prices achieved for works of art at auction in Australia. The result also confirms Menzies’ leadership of the market for Brett Whiteley, having secured seven of the artist’s ten highest auction results.

Menzies has sold 65 works with individual prices over $1 million, including Sidney Nolan’s First-Class Marksman 1946 for $5.4 million, the second-highest price ever achieved at auction in Australia. Menzies also holds the record for the third and fourth highest prices at auction in Australia with Brett Whiteley’s My Armchair 1976 ($3.93 million in 2013) and The Olgas for Ernest Giles 1985 ($3.48 million in 2007). At Menzies’ 20th Anniversary Sale in April 2018, Menzies achieved an auction record for Jeffrey Smart, with the sale of The Observer II 1983-84 for $2 million against a pre-sale estimate of $800,000 to $1 million. More recently, in our June 2019 sale, Menzies more than doubled the previous auction record for Howard Arkley, selling Deluxe Setting 1992 for $1.5 million.

Menzies also enjoys an unparalleled reputation within Australia for the sale of museum-quality works by prominent nineteenth-and twentieth-century international artists. In August 2017, Menzies achieved an international auction record for British painter Cedric Morris, with the sale of July Flowers and Wood Warblers 1929 for $282,273, over 30 times its pre-sale low estimate. The painting had been out of the public eye for the best part of a century before being inherited by its previous owner. Menzies has also realised impressive results in the realm of international contemporary art. In November 2018, Menzies sold a complete set of Andy Warhol’s 1978 screenprints of Muhammad Ali for $294,545, against an estimate of $150,000 – 200,000. In November 2017, Menzies sold Keith Haring’s ink drawing Untitled 1984 for $147,273 against an estimate of $30,000 – 50,000, achieving a new auction record for the artist in Australia.

Having been in the art auction business for 25 years, Menzies has built an extensive database of Australian and international clients. Our diverse clientele includes private collectors, art market professionals and representatives of major state and regional galleries. This affords Menzies’ vendors the opportunity to engage with discerning buyers who wish to acquire the very best of Australian and international art.

Menzies Staff

Menzies has an experienced and knowledgeable team of art specialists who are always happy to assist with any queries related to buying or selling works of art.

Cameron Menzies
Chairman & Head of Private Sales

Cameron Menzies has held corporate positions within the wider Menzies…

Chief Operating Officer

John Keats is well known to the Australian Art Auction Industry. After…

Catherine Baxendale

Senior Art Specialist

Asta Cameron

Art Specialist
Asta holds a Masters of Art Curatorship from…

Katarina Semenjuk

Head of Administration, Registry & Post-Sale Services

Clementine Retallack

Front of House Manager & Associate Art Specialist

Fraser Harvey

Transport and Display Manager
Fraser has over seven years'…

Transport and Display Assistant (Sydney)

Rory has over five years’ experience in the fine art industry. He has…

Menzies general information

Menzies’ affiliate auction house, Lawsons is located at 8 - 16 Moore Street, Leichhardt in Sydney. Lawsons is Australia’s oldest auction house, having been established in the 1870s under the ownership of James R. Lawson. Lawsons handles a broad range of property from general household items through to the upper end of the market for Australian and international art, antique furniture, fine wine, jewellery and decorative arts. Lawsons has also established a strong reputation for luxury home contents auctions and single vendor collections.