Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (12 November 2020)

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Date of Auction: 12th November 2020

Sold for £700

Estimate: £600 - £800

Australia, Order of Australia, Member’s (A.M.) breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel, reverse inscribed ‘Peter Allen Powditch’; together with the related miniature award, lapel badge and riband bar, in Royal Australian Mint fitted case of issue, extremely fine £600-£800


AM Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. S114 13 June 1981:
‘For services as a painter and sculptor.’

Peter Allen Powditch, born in 1942 in Sydney, New South Wales, is a post war and contemporary visual artist who is most well known for his beach subjects; in particular his celebrations of the bikini culture of the 1960s, including his most famous works, the Sun Torso series, which he began in 1970 when he was 28. Winner of the 1972 Sulman Prize, his work has featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums and is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and all the Australian state galleries.

Note: This lot is available for viewing in Swanbourne, Western Australia, by appointment with our Australasian representative, John Burridge.