Distinguished artist collection hits auction scene

The extensive collection of one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, Deborah Halpern, will go under the hammer from noon Sunday September 25 at Mossgreen 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

About half the 516 lots comprise Australian and international works of fine art, decorative arts, furniture, fashion and accessories the artist has collected throughout her life – either through purchase or inheritance.

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Menzies Art Brands

Brett Whiteley prominent in Menzies auction

Menzies Art Brands will auction some of Australian iconic artist Brett Whiteley’s best works over two nights from 6.30pm Wednesday September 21 and Thursday September 22 at 1 Darling Street, South Yarra as part of two-pronged sale offering 289 works with a low estimate of $8.3 million.

The auction comprises 129 lots in its Australian & International Fine Art & Sculpture sale from various vendors and on the second night involves the dispersal of the Stock-in-Trade of Savill Galleries.

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Elite footballer collection goes under hammer at finals time

In a career that stretched for 250 games with three VFL/AFL clubs, Australian Rules player Greg “Diesel” Williams was recognised as one of the elite footballers of his era.

Despite being relatively slow, Williams possessed superb handballing skills and was unparalleled at gathering possessions – so much so that as the years progressed his standing in the game continued to grow.

Williams was initially recruited but rejected early by Carlton before signing on at Geelong for the 1984-85 seasons where he won the club’s best and fairest award.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Chinese auction treasures in Victorian English setting

Normally found in a more familiar Asian setting, a collection of Ming Dynasty polychrome carved Buddhas, Chinese ivory and jade will feature prominently in one of Melbourne’s historic Victorian English mansions as part of Christian McCann Auctions forthcoming sale from noon Sunday September 18.

The mansion is located at 878 High Street, Armadale and other important Chinese treasures on show include a signed pair of iron Cheng Hua period temple Guanyins.

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Stamp collector the stuff of auction legends

A part sheet of 1854 Western Australian four pence stamps is a vital part of Mossgreen’s forthcoming Australian Colonies stamp auction from 1pm Sunday September 11 at 935 High Street, Armadale.

Described in the catalogue as one of the crown jewels of Australian philately and one of the most stimulating and technically exciting philatelic items from anywhere in the world, the sheet comprising 100 stamps (featuring 17 varieties) carries an estimate of $150,000.

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Pioneer Australian airmail collection hits the auction stage

A letter dated June 9, 1914 from the Bendigo mayor to his counterpart in Ballarat is the earliest known item flown by aeroplane in Australia.

With a catalogue estimate of $25,000, the letter is a highlight of Mossgreen’s auction of collector Tom Frommer’s Grand Prix collection of pioneer Australian airmails from 3pm Sunday September 11 at 935 High Street, Armadale.

Frommer began collecting stamps as a teenager and early on developed a passionate interest in the exploits of pioneer aviators.

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Kim's Auctions

Egyptian treasures grace Melbourne auction

A Cypriot Egyptian copper figurative mirror from the Middle Kingdom period (2030-1640 B.C.) is a major highlight of Kim’s Auctions forthcoming sale from 11am Sunday September 11 at 327-329 Warrigal Road, Burwood.

The mirror, which features in a catalogue released by Sydney-based boutique auction house and consultancy Guy Earl-Smith Art & Antiquities, is accompanied by an x-ray fluorescent report from Oxford X-Ray Fluorescence Ltd in the United Kingdom.

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Oldies Collectables

Historic militaria at old Kilmore Gaol auction

A Japanese matchlock musket, dating from 1470 and containing the first ever firing mechanism invented for guns, will be a major highlight for Oldies Collectables forthcoming two-day auction from 10am Saturday September 10 at the old Kilmore Gaol, 8 Sutherland Street, Kilmore.

The auction, which continues from 10am the next day, contains 1400 items of historic militaria, garage memorabilia, cast iron moneyboxes and American animal traps.

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Leonard Joel

Auction reveals Hungarian refugees love of Australian art

Fred and Anna Maria Agar originally met in 1961 in New York while she was visiting on holiday and fell madly in love.

So strong was the connection between the two former Hungarian refugees that Fred not only proposed but, by the end of the year, moved to Melbourne so they could marry.

Anna came to Australia in 1950 as a child and grew up travelling with her parents throughout regional Victoria and New South Wales visiting rabbiters for the family’s pet food business.

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Leonard Joel

Cocktail jewellery set an auction talking point

A stunning Van Cleef & Arpels diamond cocktail earrings and brooch set is the highlight of Leonard Joel’s spring Fine Jewels auction from 6pm Monday September 5 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Purchased during an overseas holiday, the set was worn to many formal functions and always attracted attention – often becoming the “jewellery talking piece” of the evening.

This is not surprising as Van Cleef & Arpels has always been associated with sumptuous jewellery design matched by exacting workmanship.

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