Tim Klingender trained at the University of Melbourne where he graduated with a BA in 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, 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. From 2011 to 2013 he continued his interest in fine art auctioneering in his role as Senior Consultant to Bonhams auction house. 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.
Tim is currently contracted as Senior Consultant, Australian Art to Sotheby’s internationally, where he oversaw Aboriginal Art auctions in London between 2015 and 2018. Since 2019 he has presented these auctions in New York. Since their commencement in 2015, Sotheby’s Aboriginal Art sales have set consecutive record auction totals for an auction in the field outside Australia and are now established as the market leader internationally. During this period new world records have been set in the categories of Australian Indigenous artefacts, bark paintings, sculpture and for a living Australian Aboriginal artist.
In addition, numerous individual artist records have been achieved, including Warlimpirringa Tjapaltjarri’s untitled painting from 2007, which more than doubled its pre-sale high estimate to sell for GBP £167,000 (estimate: £50,000-80,000) in 2017.
Tim Klingender Fine Art has exhibited at Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, from the inaugural fair in 2013 through to 2020. Introducing diversity to the fair, we represent contemporary painters and photographers alongside Australian Aboriginal and Indigenous artists from the secondary market. We will exhibit again at the forthcoming fair in September 2021.
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.