The Australian Aboriginal art is sold all over the world, and most of the paintings are sold for high prices. The artwork includes wood carving, ceremonial clothing, rock carving, painting on leaves, sculpting, etc. The artwork mostly depicted their culture and beliefs. The following are the five most expensive aboriginal artworks ever sold:
Spring Celebration 1991:
The Spring Celebration 1991 was a painting that was done by the late Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. The art was sold for $2.1 million. The painting has a brilliant exhibition record, and it has been shown at the National Museum of Osaka, National Gallery Japan, and the Venice Biennale, Art Gallery of NSW, National Museum of Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Water Dreaming at Kalipinya, 1972:
Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrala did the painting. Water Dreaming at Kalipinya is a synthetic polymer powder paint on board and is about 64.0 x 36.5 cm in size. The estimated price for the painting was around $35,000 to $45,000, but the picture was sold for $75,000 at an auction in Melbourne in the year 2009. Kalipinypa Water Dreaming tells us about the significant rain-making ceremony that is done to produce thunderstorms. It features the ground painting design for Water or Rain Dreaming.
All that big rain coming from the top side, 1991:
Rover Thomas Joolama was the artist of this painting. Thomas’s large canvas shows a Cyclone Trace that was painted separately to show the ceremony, and it displays the articulation the winds carrying the dust and the shape of the cyclone and sand that feed into it.
There are channels of water running to the cliff’s edge in the upper part of the painting, and the rain falls down the side of the hill. The lower part of the art contains the brushy application of the yellow pigment to produce a sense of light shining through the water.
Earth’s creation 1995:
Emily Kame Kngwarreye painted Earth’s Creation. The artwork done by Kngwarreye was one of the most significant legacies in the world. There are patches of green, bold yellows, reds and blues that bloom into a lush vegetation over the canvas. The painting was sold for a high price. The painting comprises of visual marks and gestures, and we can see that she had laid the canvas horizontally as she painted.
Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri painted Warlugulong. The Commonwealth Bank had bought the painting for $1200 was it was later auctioned by Sotheby’s in the year 2007. In the pre-auction, the painting was one of the most expensive artwork to be sold. The artwork fetched up to $2.5 million which was more than double the record for Aboriginal art at auction. The buyer of the sale was the National Gallery of Australia. There were rumours that the government had concerns that the indigenous art would be “lost” overseas.