Leski Auctions

Stamps, coins and postal history lead 2021 auction charge

Leski Auctions has launched its 2021 Melbourne auction year with a Stamps, Coins and Postal History sale from 12pm Sunday February 7 at 727-729 High Street, Armadale.

The live auction, featuring more than 600 lots with estimates ranging from $50 to $60,000, will be preceded by an online only sale of more than 900 lots that will close progressively over Friday February 5 and Saturday February 6.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Fine art Melbourne auction closes door on COVID year

Auctioneer Christian McCann is relieved to close the door on what he has described as a “unique and interesting” year with his final antiques and art sale for 2020 from 12pm Sunday December 13 at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford.

Like every other auction house in Australia, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely limited operations (mainly to online auctions) and it is with a sigh of relief that the company can head for a well-earned Christmas break.

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Philips Auctions

Christmas jewellery bonanza at Philips Auctions

While some of the top pieces of jewellery at Philips Auctions December sale carry thousands of dollars in estimates, many of the 230 lots are in the more affordable hundreds of dollars range and would make ideal Christmas gifts.

The auction, from 12pm Sunday December 13 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern, features a range to suit all comers including a striking 14-carat gold abstract boulder open and diamond drop necklace (lot 230) with a catalogue estimate of $10,000-$20,000.

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EJ Ainger

Legendary jockey items and Royal Worcester up for auction

Australian jockey the late Arthur Edward “Scobie” Breasley (1914-2006) was a household name from the 1940s to the 1960s with five Caulfield Cup and two Victoria Derby wins to his credit  before going on to win the prestigious 1958 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and two Epsom Derbies in 1964 and 1966.

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Gibsons Auctions

Good selection at Melbourne spring auction

Gibson’s Auctions kicks off its Spring Auction Series from 12pm Sunday November 29 with a Melbourne-based private collection of Chinese and Asian ceramics and works of art including a Han Dynasty green glazed pottery ‘hill’ jar and cover (lot 1) similar to one sold in September 2018 by Sotheby’s New York.

A Tang-style painted figure of horse (lot 2) is another highlight along with a Song Dynasty russet-splashed black glazed bowl (lot 3).

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Leski Auctions

Hurnall's favourite items up for grabs at Australian historical auction

The late Marvin Hurnall was a Melbourne-based fastidious collector of Australian pottery – so much so that most of the cupboards in his house were filled with works by famous names from the Australian genre such as William Ricketts, Robert Remued, Arthur Merric Boyd and Robert Prenzel.

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Menzies Art Brands

Whiteley in line to become greatest Australian artist of all time

Brett Whiteley will undoubtedly become the most valuable and influential Australian artist of all time if his painting Henri’s Armchair 1974-75 reaches its predicted $5 million to $7 million estimate at Menzies single lot auction on Thursday November 26.

Purchased at the time from the artist by the late Sydney-based Clive Evatt QC, the work will be auctioned from 7pm in Menzies Sydney rooms at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington.

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Philips Auctions

Antique clocks and jewellery among Christmas gift auction goodies

Antique clocks including a William and Mary style ebonised mantel timepiece (lot 46) and a Delft clock with French mechanism (lot 57) are among the highlights of Philips Auctions timed online fine and decorative arts and jewellery auctions, both of which end at 12pm Monday November 23 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

To the relief of many auction goers, viewing is now live with the auction rooms open from 9am-5pm Friday and 12pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Australian auctioneer veteran hangs up his hammer

Brian O’Halloran has been a mainstay of Victoria’s auction industry for more than 40 years. A Warrnambool stock agent who established Brian O’Halloran Real Estate Agents in the 1960s in the same town, he then turned his hand to auctioning fine art and antiques – using the western Victorian city of Portland as his base, where Glenelg Auctions became a household name.

During his long career as an auctioneer, Brian built up an extensive knowledge of Australian art, English and Australian furniture and decorative arts.

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Menzies Art Brands

Potential record smasher Whiteley on view at Sydney art auction

Brett Whiteley’s Henri’s Armchair 1974-75 – offered for sale for the first time since being purchased from the artist by the late Clive Evatt QC – could be the painting that smashes all previous Australian art records when it goes under the hammer as a single lot auction by Menzies at 7pm on November 26 in Sydney.

Carrying a catalogue estimate of $5 million to $7 million, the painting is set to eclipse the $5.4 million achieved 11 years ago for Sidney Nolan’s First-Class Marksman 1946 by Menzies when sold to prominent art dealer Roger McIlroy.

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