About Tim 2018-11-08T21:18:25+00:00


Located in Sydney, Australia, Tim Klingender Fine Art is an international business providing a range of services to the high end of the art market.

Tim Klingender trained at the University of Melbourne where he graduated with a BA (Fine Art). He was employed by Sotheby’s for twenty years, where he was an International Director between 1998 and 2009. After establishing a Contemporary Art Department for Sotheby’s in Australia in 1994, he founded Sotheby’s Aboriginal Art Department in 1996, touring highlights of these sales internationally each year to cities including New York, London, and Paris prior to their auction in Australia. He is widely regarded and respected for establishing an ethical international market in the field of Australian Indigenous Art.

Tim established Tim Klingender Fine Art in 2009.  He continued his interest in fine art auctioneering in his role as Senior Consultant to Bonhams auction house until the end of 2013, and in 2015 was appointed as Senior Consultant, Australian Art to Sotheby’s in London, where he  oversaw Sotheby’s first inaugural auction of Aboriginal Art in London in June 2015.

Highlights of his past role at Bonhams were the hugely successful auctions of Selected Works from The Estate of Paddy Bedford, and The Laverty Collection: Contemporary Australian Art, both of which toured to London and New York prior to auction, and more recently The Evatt Collection of Bark Paintings and Sculpture.

Tim has assisted in developing some of the finest collections of Australian Indigenous Art and continues to act as an advisor to a number of the world’s most significant private collections. In addition to trading in the secondary market, the business offers advice relating to purchasing, both privately and at auction, appraisal for both sale and insurance, conservation, and assistance in the sale of artworks.

Tim is approved to value for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program under the following categories: Australian art of all periods including prints, drawings, textiles, painting, sculpture, new media, weapons, implements, ceremonial objects and decorations; Oceanic, Polynesian, Melanesian and African Art; International Modern and Contemporary Art.