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Lucio's: Food, Art and Friendship Auction

Take home a piece of Sydney's culinary history at this art auction celebrating the legacy of the 40-year-old Sydney restaurant.
By Ben Hansen
January 14, 2021
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By Ben Hansen
January 14, 2021
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Beloved Paddington Italian restaurant Lucio's has been serving up bowls of handmade pesto pasta and seasonal produce to Sydneysiders since 1981. But, after nearly 40 years of service, Lucio's is shutting up shop this month, with the restaurant's final service scheduled for the end of January.

In order to share one of the venue's best-loved elements with the public, and celebrate its history and enduring legacy, Lucio's is hosting an auction in which it will be selling off more than 200 of the artworks that have lined its walls over the years.

Art has always been an essential piece of Lucio's puzzle, with the restaurant located in the site of the former Hungry Horse Art Gallery and Restaurant, and Lucio himself saying, "the combination of great food, great service and great art on the walls is, in my view, one of the best dining experiences you can imagine".

The auction will take place on Sunday, March 21 at Bonhams Sydney on Woollahra's Queen Street and will be simulcast to the auctioneer's Melbourne location in Armadale.

Lucio's is fully booked for every service until its closure. But, if you have a function coming up, private dining packages for large groups are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunch for the remainder of January with a minimum spend of $8000. Alternatively, Lucio's front room wine store and gourmet deli The Thirsty Horse is open for walk-ins Tuesday–Saturday up until the restaurants close.

More information on the auction will be posted to Bonhams' website in coming weeks.

Lucio at The Thirsty Horse

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