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Brett Whiteley painting smashes Australian art auction record – Sydney Morning Herald

Price estimates for Henri’s Armchair, from the artist’s iconic Lavender Bay series, had ranged from $5 million to $7 million.

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In the room was Elizabeth Evatt, whose husband, the defamation barrister Clive Evatt, QC, acquired the painting in 1975 and kept it until his death in 2018.
Mrs Evatt said she felt emotional to see the painting move into new hands as it had been with her and her husband for as long as their relationship and had hung in the study of their Turramurra home.
She said her husband regarded Henri’s Armchair as Whiteley’s finest painting. Mr Evatt and Whiteley, she said, had a “push me pull me sort of relationship”….

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