The Australian novelist and Booker Prize-winning author, Thomas Keneally, for many years has been a keen art collector. At Holdsworth Galleries in Sydney, for instance, he bought an oil painting, David Boyd’s Children Playing in the Garden, that reminded Keneally of his two daughters. He says he bought the painting because it “so typified” his daughters – “the magnificent, flying, acrobatic child surging out of a tree and the watcher in the grass. They are both so beautifully rendered, the one in the grass with authority and enviable economy. It has been a joy of our household long since.” That painting by Boyd was one of four works from Keneally’s collection at a recent collector’s auction by Leonard Joel. Children Playing in the Garden had a pre-sale estimate of $6000 to $8000 and fetched $13,640 (including buyer’s premium). Another highlight of the night was a charcoal drawing by American artist Lee Krasner, which had been put up for sale by a Sydney-based private collector. Krasner was married to Jackson Pollock, but she was a talented artist in her own right (take a look, for example, at her 1965 painting, Combat, in the National Gallery of Victoria collection). Krasner’s charcoal drawing, Nude Study from Life, 1938, fetched $52,080.