Fine Art Auctions

Auction reflects Melbourne Spring racing scene

An historic sterling silver horse racing cup has been discovered among contents to be auctioned at a Brighton mansion in Melbourne.

The cup – commemorating the 1823 York Spring Meeting in England – was found among various other treasures at 9 St Ninians Road, Brighton as auctioneer Phil Caldwell and his team were busy cataloguing the items for sale.

The onsite auction will be held from 11am Sunday October 21. 

The auction is being held under instruction from teh Morris family with the father now in his mid-90s.

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Leonard Joel holds first auction in new Sydney premises

Decorative arts is the subject of Leonard Joel’s first auction at its new Sydney premises in The Bond, Queen Street, Woollahra.

Built in 1870 and originally a Masonic Lodge, this historic building contains a ground floor gallery and space to host viewings, auctions and other events.

The decorative arts auction, from 6pm Tuesday October 23, includes several local and interstate collections – including rare and important 18th century porcelain.

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Chinese snuff bottles and scrolls vie for attention at Melbourne auction

A single owner collection of more than 200 Chinese snuff bottles and a private South Australian collection of Chinese scrolls head Gibson’s forthcoming Estate & Collector auction from 10.30am Sunday October 14 at Level 1, 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

Many of the snuff bottles are painted on the inside of the glass – a fine decoration such as that featured in lot 92, a work of art ‘The Lan Ting Shu’ dated Beijing 1898 and Wuxian 1901 and attributed to Ding Erzhong – or are of an unusual shape such as lot 50, a 1974 sponge coral ‘iron tree’ example.

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Asian art auction a mecca of private Australian collections

Leonard Joel’s first stand-alone Asian art auction contains a diverse selection of items spanning the entire Asian region designed to appeal to all comers and features six private Australian collections.

The sale starts at 6.30pm Monday October 8 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra and one of the collections belonged to the late Gerry Virtue and his wife Pamela who met in 1961 – two years after he spent six months on the hippie trail from Calcutta to London with a total budget of just 10 pounds.

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High-flying Coleman jumper for auction

Australian Rules football champion John Coleman’s Essendon match jumper he wore in 1953 is one of the major highlights of Leonard Joel’s collectables auction from 2pm Thursday September 27 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Coleman (1928-1973) was a Victorian Football League (now the Australian Football League) star full-forward, kicking 537 goals in only 98 matches.

Known for his high-flying spectacular marks, Coleman won two premierships with Essendon (1949 and 1950) and was VFL leading goal kicker five times (1949-1953).

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Auction clocks for all collectors

A brass art nouveau timepiece (lot 529) is a major drawcard among the huge selection of French, English and American mantel and wall clocks to go under the hammer from 9.30am Tuesday September 25 at E.J. Ainger 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Furniture items are highlighted by a mid-20th century style Space furniture desk (lot 680) purchased at the time for $15,000.

The 1960s and 1970s have not been forgotten in this auction with impressive teak sideboards (lots 815 and 823) on offer – along with a nests of teak tables (lot 793) and dining suites (lot 782).

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Leski Auctions

Rare Australian tribal artefacts collection reaches auction market

As a boy in the 1950s on the family property in the southern Mallee region of Victoria, Daryl Blythman became fascinated with Australian indigenous artefacts that predated European migration by thousands of years.

“My passion for collecting began thanks to my father who collected stone artefacts and axes that dated back to the Aboriginal tribes who lived or travelled through this area,” he said.

“It wasn’t long before this hobby became mine and ultimately my obsession, when I recognised that these items revealed a story that was unique to Australia.

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Vast model train collection turned into auction bonanza

Not many schoolboys would forego their lunch money to start collecting model trains, cars and vintage toys.

More likely, they would buy lunch and then pester their parents for more funds to indulge their childhood passion.

But not Melbourne man Martin Bodinar. As a young boy, he haunted local garage sales, swap meets and markets to discover a new treasure – having often gone hungry to ensure he had enough money to bring the new item home.

As a result, he has amassed one of the largest and most diverse collections ever seen in Australia.

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Picasso heads specialist prints auction

Two works by iconic Spanish-French artist Pablo Picasso should boost auction goer numbers to Leonard Joel’s Specialist Prints auction from 6.30pm Wednesday September 19 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The first of these is the famous Peintre Neo-Classique dans son Atelier (Neo-Classical Painter in his Studio).

One of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Picasso etched the work in 1963 at Mas Notre Dame de View, a house in Mougins in the south of France where he and his wife Jacqueline moved to in June 1961 when the artist was 80 years old.

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Portrait miniatures a stroll down auction memory lane

Intriguing furniture pieces, portrait miniatures and shadow and wax portraits are among some of the more impressive items at Leonard Joel’s forthcoming decorative arts auction from 6.30pm Monday September 17 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The miniatures are part of the Neil Robertson collection, which includes many curious insights into 18th and 19th century romanticism and life in Great Britain and Europe.

Peaking in popularity in the mid-19th century, portrait miniatures became a casualty of the advancing photographic technology.

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