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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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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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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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Different Australian art periods to boost auction crowds

Leonard Joel’s Fine Art auction from 6.30pm Tuesday September 4 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra offer auction goers many affordable paintings from different periods of Australian art.

A scroll through the catalogue reveals many familiar names – Charles Blackman, John Brack, Hugh Sawrey, Penleigh and David Boyd, Robert Dickerson, Tim Storrier, Pro Hart, Walter Withers and James R Jackson to name but a few.

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Fine eclectic jewels sparkle at auction

An eclectic range of fine jewels – a strong feature of the John Swanton collection – with a focus on enamels is a major highlight of Leonard Joel’s forthcoming jewellery auction from 6.30pm Monday September 3 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Lot 105, an extremely rare Georgian hand painted miniature eye locket with a provenance that can be traced back to the Earl of Warwick, is typical of the fine quality of the collection.

The locket belonged to Sydney’s Anne Schofield Antiques and was purchased about 1970 from Christie’s of London.

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Another Bradman treasure goes to auction

Signed and framed Australian Rules football jumpers by Essendon champions Matthew Lloyd and James Hird are among a comprehensive range of sporting memorabilia being offered at a Leonard Joel online auction which finishes at 10am on Thursday August 16.

Other football items include framed photographs of Collingwood’s 1990 premiership team and Carlton’s ‘The Silvagni Dynasty’ featuring the number 1 guernsey worn by 20th century father and son champions Serge and Stephen.

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Auction excitement around modern design Italian furniture

Italian furniture from major manufacturers such as Cassina, Poltrona Frau, B&B Italia and Artemide will comprise much of the latest Leonard Joel Modern Design auction from 6.30pm Monday July 30 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Early pieces from such designers as Paolo Buffa and Silvo Cavatorta – including card tables, mirrored sideboards and marble credenzas – will be among the items on offer.

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Australian arts patron Margaret Bolster auctions her collection

Arts patron and ambassador for the appreciation of Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Art in Australia, Margaret Bolster, is auctioning her collection of Asian and Ethnographic artefacts through Leonard Joel from 2pm Wednesday July 11 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The auction features a comprehensive range of items including Himalayan and Tibetan artefacts and jewellery, Indian miniature paintings, central Asian textiles, nomadic rugs, Khmer ceramics and Papua New Guinean and Oceanic artefacts.

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A timely clock auction that waits for no one

As a 14-yer-old mechanic’s apprentice with a Collingwood-based garage, 83-year-old Australian great-grandfather Ken Hose always admired an American clock that hung on one of the walls.

Some years later, when the garage was scheduled for demolition, Ken rescued the clock and so began his lifelong passion for the mechanics and measurement of time.

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Australia's great art period celebrated at auction

Leonard Joel will celebrate one of Australia’s greatest innovative art periods – that of the 19450s and 1950s – when it auctions the collections of benefactors Wivine and Roger De Stoop and Georges and Mirka Mora from 6.30pm Tuesday June 5 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

These collections represent a reunion of works by notable Australian artists of that era including Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Joy Hester, Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker, John Perceval, Josl Bergner and Danila Vassilief.

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