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History abounds at Victorian auction

A wealthy 19th century Scottish industrialist and Britain’s wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill’s butler are forever inexorably linked through a recently sold heritage listed National Trust Mount Macedon home whose contents will be auctioned online from 11am Sunday May 22 by auctioneer Phil Caldwell. 

William McGregor migrated to Australia and built the Gothic-style Victorian home at 49-51 Devonshire Lane in 1874, naming it Ard Rudah (High Promontory) as a reminder of his Highland roots.   

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Melbourne warehouse auction tosses up exquisite finds

This might be an online warehouse auction but Melbourne auctioneer Phil Caldwell has some unbelievable items up for grabs including a rare matching pair of George Owen vases and a pair of Sevres and enamel exhibition cabinet vases for which most collectors would give their eye teeth.

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A big step up from producing ladders to auctioning antiques

Not sure how much of a step up it is from manufacturing aluminium ladders to collecting antiques – however, if you ask Werner and Cecile Hecht they have had a lot of fun doing both.

Born in Munich, Werner was 21 when he moved to Australia in 1960. Cecile, who hails from Toulouse, France, migrated to Melbourne 12 years later at age 24.

Both were married with children to other partners before they teamed up and in 1980 started their step ladder business Mboss Access Ladders in the garage of their home.

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Old Sydney Harbour in all its auction glory

A rare 1856 colonial oil painting of Sydney Harbour featuring the former penal settlement at Cockatoo Island is one of the important highlights Fine Arts Auctions online sale from 11am Sunday December 12 at 239 Wickham Road, Moorabbin.

The auction, which mainly contains items from a Lysterfield mansion and Moorabbin estate, can only be viewed online because sale items are being held in separate locations – but condition reports and more photos are available on request. Bidding also is online, over the phone or via absentee bids.

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Gracious collection of colonial art and European furniture in Australian auction

Melbourne surgeon the late Max Sizeland and his late wife Wendy built an enviable reputation as long-time collectors of colonial and modern Australian art and quality European furniture that adorned their South Yarra home. 

Over many years, auctioneer Phil Caldwell loved dealing with the Sizelands as they assiduously developed their collection into one of the finest to grace the Melbourne scene – and now has been asked to auction the estate online from 11am Sunday November 14 at 239 Wickham Road, Moorabbin.

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An Australian transport magnate remembered at auction

Items from the prestigious Achilles III motor super yacht, owned by former transport magnate the late Doug Kefford, will be an important part of three major deceased estates to be auctioned online from 11am Sunday August 29 by auctioneer Phil Caldwell.

Because of current Victorian COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, all viewing is online and items can be purchased either by bidding online, over the phone or as absentee bids.

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Aussie Taxi King auction contents a "hansom" acquisition

Kevin Gange is popularly known as the “Taxi King” – largely because his family has been involved in Melbourne’s taxi industry since the 1860s when his great-great-grandfather first started ferrying passengers around city streets in a hansom cab.

He and auctioneer Phil Caldwell initially crossed paths in 1999 when Kevin purchased a hansom cab as a reminder of his family’s early beginnings at the Monte Christie horse-drawn vehicles auction in Junee New South Wales, owned by Reg Ryan.

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Melbourne boutique auction an online stunner

Auctioneer Phil Caldwell is heading to 9 Rimington Avenue, Kew for a boutique sale from 11am Sunday March 21 that will feature Australian art, antiques, jewellery, rare Chinese and Egyptian antiquities, rugs, porcelain, glassware, garden statuary and general household items.

The auction will be conducted online via live internet, phone and absentee bidding with in person or online viewing at the property from 10am to 6pm Friday March 19 and Saturday March 20.

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Time for farewells at Melbourne home contents auction

 

With their entrepreneurial and business acumen, local business identities the late Paul and Sophie Courtnay left an indelible impression on Melbourne’s western suburbs – even more so when they decided in the 1990s to build a magnificent 100-square home to house their family at 49 Stewart Drive, Werribee.

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John Fairfax table a Melbourne auction bonanza

The solid cedar boardroom table that media mogul John Fairfax commissioned renowned early colonial Australian furniture maker Joseph Sly in 1855 to make for the Sydney Morning Herald offices is to be auctioned in Melbourne.

A unique piece of Fairfax Media history and possibly the only one made by the furniture maker still in existence, the table (lot 151) will be part of the Fine Arts Auctions sale from 11am Sunday November 3 at the Morning Star Estate homestead 1 Sunnyside Road, Mt Eliza.

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