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Sydney Harbour sells at art auction

Paintings, sculptures and works by Australian artists including Arthur Streeton, Brett Whiteley, Sidney Nolan, Margaret Olley, and Albert Namatjira were among 69 pieces sold at auction in Sydney fetching $8.96m.

At least four artworks broke price records at Sotheby’s on Wednesday, but perhaps the most anticipated, Arthur Streeton’s Sydney Harbour 1907, narrowly missed out, achieving the second highest price at auction for the artist at $2,074,000. The $2.52 record set at auction in 2012 by Streeton’s 1888 painting Settler’s Camp remains standing

World art market stalls for first time in years

The 1.2m-wide oil on canvas, which depicts the view of Sydney harbour looking towards the city from Mosman, was painted by Streeton on his return to Australia after a decade in Europe. It had been expected to break the record.

The last time it changed hands was in 1999, when it went under the hammer for Christie’s Australia for $464,500.

In 1995, an early Streeton impressionist work, Golden Summer, Eaglemont, a key fetched $3.5m in a private sale to the National Gallery of Australia.

Namatjira’s Finke River Mission and Mount Hermannsburg sold for $122,000, exceeding the $100,000 reserve.

19th century Victorian artist Emma Minnie Boyd’s, A Lassie Yet, also received strong interest – eventually selling for $170,800, well above the $30-$50,000 pre-auction estimate.

A Sidney Nolan painting from his 1964 Ned Kelly series, which was on offer for between $800,000 and $1m, failed to sell despite high expectations.

The work was being offered for the first time by Sotheby’s Australia and had been part of Nolan’s personal collection until 1992.

What the doodles say about you

This may look chaotic, but the diversity of objects and shapes shows this woman is resourceful, energetic and loves a full life. The multitude of things going on shows that multitasking comes naturally to her and she thrives on a busy schedule.

Numerous separate doodles make up this crowded scene, reflecting readiness to take in new information and the rapid association of ideas of a lateral thinker, although there is logic, too, in the zigzag lines and angular shapes. However, heavy scribbling is a sign of frustration and retracing numbers suggests concern about costs or perhaps time passing.

The spontaneous creation of this whole unique doodle shows she can think on her feet and come up with new ideas that perhaps challenge accepted practices. Unfortunately, it also suggests she is easily distracted and may not complete what she has started, so achieves best with short-term targets.

Intuitive perfectionist

All of my doodles are a variation of this paisley, floral pattern. Regardless of pen, paper or situation. I find I concentrate on listening much better if I am simultaneously drawing; the alternative is motionless daydreaming” –ID4474645

There is a beautiful harmony in this paisley pattern with its lively shapes swirling like fish in a pool without ever colliding. It’s a very feminine doodle, full of feeling in the wavy lines and tear drops, and flowers in full bloom creating a happy mood.

This person (probably a woman, but not necessarily) likes to work closely with others and will promote harmony in the workplace by avoiding conflict and creating a pleasant environment. She is sensitive, with an intuitive understanding of people and situations and is naturally accommodating, like the winding flower stems. Her evident delight in tiny decorative patterns shows she has a meticulous eye for detail and is capable of doing repetitive work requiring great precision or manual dexterity. However, being a perfectionist means she is unwilling to take short cuts so may not always be efficient and is likely to get stressed if put under pressure

Independent optimist

A reaction to baffling requests or directives from clients. It’s a tough one being told to do something that obviously won’t work by a power crazed client. Politely point out why your study and industry experience suggest an alternative solution and you’re a creative prima donna, comply and you lose the respect of your peers (and self). Commercial activity is a rocky road – sometimes these little fellas help you along …” – JimPOP

Humour relieves tension and doodling a goofy grenade is less damaging than exploding with anger. Rapidly drawn in cartoon style with firm strokes softened by a felt-tip pen, it reflects this man’s warmth and love of life as well as his lively intelligence, spontaneity, good physical coordination and self-assurance in action.

With its grim but boyish humour this solitary, solid object shows he is independent, strong minded and not inclined to be pushed around. Rows of straight lines are a sign of systematic work and self-control, but the pointed tongue shows how rude he would like to be, while the crossed eyes and raised eyeline capture his disbelief and scepticism as he listens with one ear only, ready to pull the plug.

Strong, mature and sensitive

I’ve always doodled while working. I’m left-handed, so as I’m using my mouse my left hand is forever scrawling a random line and then (usually) an eye and then a face, head and shoulders tend to appear. A youth lost in comic books has resulted in a sketchbook full of random doodles … I should probably be a little concerned by the amount of slightly lost figures that turn up through my sketchbooks” – JimPOP

Working alone can be lonely, so when his pencil wanders it may be expressing feelings not consciously acknowledged. The face that emerged here is that of a strong, mature and sensitive man who appears to be reflecting on his life as he looks down through the years. To the right is a blank space, as if he would rather not think about the future. The expression is questioning and anxious, though the eyes are partially obscured, suggesting he may be reluctant to see this in himself. The lips, too, are shaded and hardly open, as if experience has taught him the wisdom of discretion, especially in business.