Artwork seller Denis Savill’s COVID-19 spending spree in Bellevue Hill and Port Douglas

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No. 1/33 Benelong Crescent, Bellevue Hill, bought for “a tad below $4.5m”, down from the $5.5m value information of a 12 months in the past.


Artwork seller Denis Savill has been on a spending spree throughout COVID-19, snapping up a luxurious Sydney condominium at a $1m low cost and a Port Douglas escape sight unseen for $420k.

“I’ve lived via Keating’s banana republic and the huge stockmarket crash of ‘87,” says the doyen, who’s simply weeks away from his eightieth birthday.

“I’ve been via these highs and lows — within the good instances I fake I’m a squirrel and put a number of nuts away, however now I’m out spending … I made a decision to let fly in late August and September.”

He’s additionally splashed $200k on 27 objects from the property of his artwork collector buddy John Schaeffer and artworks together with an Arthur Boyd titled ‘4 instances a day’, bought privately from Victoria.

“It has elevated in worth by 900 per cent since I first owned it,” Savill stated.

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No. 1/33 Benelong Crescent, Bellevue Hill, is the house of artist Sara Cusack Cox.


It has been renovated in a French Provincial fashion and has 467 sqm on title.


A number of the lovely artwork is now lining the partitions of a two-bedroom Paddington apartment, up for public sale subsequent Thursday through Craig Pontey and Violet Farebrother of Ray White Double Bay which has a information of slightly below $2m.

“I purchased it for my daughter and she or he not wants it, so I’m going to make use of the cash to purchase a much bigger place in Paddington for my children,” Savill stated.

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The Bellevue Hill condominium was the Benelong Crescent home of artist Sara Cusack Cox, first listed final spring with a $5.5m information with Brad Pillinger of Pillinger.

Sources apart from Pillinger and Savill just lately tipped off the Wentworth Courier of the sale value — “a tad below $4.5m” — and its well-known purchaser.

No. 9/24-28 Gordon St, Paddington is up for public sale subsequent Thursday.


It has a terrace with views over the district.


The four-bedroom, four-bathroom house has been renovated in a French Provincial fashion and has 467 sqm on title.

“It’s just about a home,” Pillinger instructed the Wentworth Courier final 12 months. “Good for downsizers who need a little bit of area but in addition households.”

There are sunny terraces and Juliet balconies with views over Bellevue Hill to the harbour from the higher stage; personal raise entry and double garaging.

The backyard has a mosiac-tiled pool. Cox had purchased it for $3.09 million in 2013.

It’s understood Cox has entered right into a leaseback association for the Benelong Crescent residence with Savill whereas she builds in Drumalbyn Street.

That may go well with Savill, who resides, with accomplice Anne Clarke, who he met on a airplane a decade in the past, in a Stephen Gergely-designed Bellevue Hill residence bought for $6.6m in Foster Avenue, Bellevue Hill in 2015.

Denis Savill and his accomplice Anne Clarke have purchased a Port Douglas unit for $420k.


Savill says his one-bedroom condominium is on the highest ground and “the premier unit within the constructing”.


That property, purchased through Michael Pallier of Sotheby’s, has stable safety and three ranges of ground area for his new Boyd alongside together with his Charles Blackman and Jeffrey Good items.

Savill, who was an agent and auctioneer with LJ Hooker Double Bay for a few years forward of his buy of the Gordon Marsh Gallery in Double Bay, Sydney in 1981, rebranding to Savill Galleries in 1984 and transfer to 156 Hargrave Avenue, Paddington, in 1987, stated his Port Douglas purchase a month in the past was “a little bit of enjoyable”.

The actual fact he couldn’t stand up to examine it first wasn’t a difficulty: “Half the work I’ve purchased prior to now 12 months have been sight-unseen,” he stated.

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“I’ve been within the constructing many instances and I’ve received an excellent lawyer in Port Douglas, who’s checked via the paperwork.”

Tailor Patrick Johnson and his inside designer spouse, Tamsin, purchased Kendall Lodge in Darling Level for greater than $10m.


And with Australia’s rich unable to go Europe for his or her holidays, he thinks he’s on a winner.

“I’m on the highest ground dealing with straight onto the seaside … Jack Thompson and Barry Humphries have resided right here, it’s the premier unit within the constructing!” he stated.

“I imagine Port Douglas is the Riviera of the north — we are able to’t go to France or Monte Carlo, when Gladys realises we aren’t all dying of COVID … Melbourne’s nonetheless a bit dusty however popping out of it … everybody’s going to be pondering they need to be up there.

“I’m placing Port Douglas on the map.

“Lots of Australians will discover with COVID that for the subsequent couple of years they’ll should go on vacation internally … Port Douglas is straightforward and numerous Victorians had already crept up there and have been in residence forward of the shutdown!”

It will likely be fascinating to see what Tamsin does with the well-known Florence Broadhurst wallpaper.


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With the artwork market, like sections of the status homes market, firing throughout COVID-19, Savill stated he felt lucky to have seen the alternatives that exist.

“The artwork market has soared prior to now 12 weeks — there’s a really small provide and it’s the identical with property,” he stated.

Many others, too, have capitalised on the alternatives that exist. James Hannan, chief working officer of printing agency Ovato and son of Michael Hannan who beforehand owned the Wentworth Courier, has purchased a $9m house in Bellevue Hill, upgrading from the Double Bay condominium he bought for near $4.4m in Double Bay.

Solely two years in the past, one of many house owners of the home, Christina Sachs Phillips, director of neoprene bag line Cub + Scout and spouse of property investor William Phillips, had described it as her “endlessly house” in newspaper reviews.

Additionally tailor Patrick Johnson and inside designer Tamsin Johnson returned to their former Darling Level neighbourhood after promoting their Tamarama house just lately for $5.65m and shopping for Kendall Lodge for greater than $10m, down from the $12m asking value in March.

It will likely be fascinating to see what Tamsin does with the Florence Broadhurst wallpaper.

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