This is good news for Indigenous artists. To see Sotheby’s successfully venture into Aboriginal art from Australia is exciting news for Indigenous artists around the world - many of whom struggle to sell their art and be recognized for their efforts.
For the artists involved who are still alive, like Michael Nelson Tjakamarra, interest from major players like Sotheby’s will escalate the value and demand for their new works and the works they still own.
The success of this auction may spur other art auction houses to sell art from other Indigenous groups around the world, helping those artists along. Very exciting.