By Steph Harmon
When Lady Mary Nolan died last year, she left behind hundreds of works by her late husband, the Australian master Sidney Nolan, whose estate she had managed since his death 25 years ago. In an auction that coincides with the centenary of Nolan's birth, the public are invited to bid for 118 of his pieces, ranging from crayon works to oil paintings. The collection includes an unprecedented 22 paintings of Ned Kelly, with some bidding starting as low as $3,000. ‘This auction shows us again how influential Kelly was in Nolan's life,' says art consultant Mark Fraser, who is handling the sale. ‘Lady Nolan's sad passing last year was really the closing chapter in a hugely influential artistic movement that was borne out of the Angry Penguins and Heide.'
• The works are available to view online and in Melbourne from 10-12 November at Como House, South Yarra; and in Sydney from 17-19 November at NCJWA Hall, Woollahra, where the auction takes place at 5pm on 19 November