Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel

Cocktail jewellery to dazzle the auction market

Cocktail jewellery is the theme for Leonard Joel’s forthcoming quarterly Fine Jewellery auction following a regular client – who over the years has amassed a wonderful and eclectic collection of this type of piece – consigning several items to the sale.

Of the 35 items (lots 340-375) the collector has consigned to the auction, from 6pm on Monday September 4 at 333 Malvern Road South Yarra, a gold, ruby and diamond brooch (lot 365) with stylised floral design featuring round cut rubies to the stamen and diamond detail to the leaves, is typical of his discerning eye.  

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Media baron auctions collection for charity

A director of the media empire founded in 1841 by his grandfather John Fairfax, the late James Fairfax (who died in January this year aged 83) was a passionate collector, philanthropist and supporter of the arts.

Although the family publishing business played an important role, it also was his extensive business travels and visits to his United Kingdom residence, when he often stopped for extended periods in Asia, that influenced and informed Fairfax’s decorative arts collection.

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"Designing man" genius to be seen at auction

Keith Clarke is fondly remembered as the wardrobe supervisor for Channel 2 – for which he earned his nickname the “designing man”.

A man of great style and talent, in addition to his agility with needle and thread Keith was a costume designer for the Australian Opera, Australian Ballet and the ABC.

His most well known design was for Dame Joan Sutherland’s 1976 performance in Idomeneo for which he still had the original costume sketches when he died.

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Modern design auction to intrigue buyers

Furniture, lamps, chandeliers and other collectables are among the highlights of Leonard Joel’s latest Modern Design auction from 6.30pm Thursday July 27 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Among the more interesting items is a Castiglioni Snoopy lamp for Flos and a Toshiyuki Kita island armchair for Moroso.

An intriguing design feature is the Peter Mali Zyklus chair while two
Dori cylindrical ceiling lights should attract plenty of attention.

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Seekers grand piano can be sought at auction

A grand piano purchased in 1973 in Switzerland by Judith Durham, lead singer of the famous Australian group The Seekers, will be part of Leonard Joel’s weekly Interiors & Jewellery auction from 10am Thursday July 13 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The piano – an ebonised C. Bechstein circa 1898-1902 – was shipped to Australia and has remained in her personal posession until now.

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Auction items to suit a broad range of tastes

Leonard Joel’s latest weekly auction of furniture, jewellery, art and objects and collectables begins at 10am Thursday July 6 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Among the furniture is a pair of decorative French serpentine fronted marble top commodes, an 18th century French Henry II style oak table and a French continental style parquetry top extension dining table.

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Opera Australia costumes dress up for auction

Costumes designed for and worn in Opera Australia’s production of “Opera in a Box” – Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Gondoliers are among those used in a comprehensive range of operas up for the organisation’s Costume & Memorabilia auction over two days from 6pm Friday June 30 and continuing from 10am Saturday July 1 through Leonard Joel at the Opera Centre, 480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills in Sydney.

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Wind up auction tin toys to set collectors buzzing

A rare tin bee on a flower made in the 130s by German company Spark is just one of the strong attractions for collectors planning to attend Leonard Joel’s latest Collectables auction that features a range of tin toys from the early to mid-20th century.

The auction, from 2pm Thursday June 22 at 333 Malvern Road South Yarra, has many unusual pieces including a 1930s wind-up ‘Beat It! The Komical Cop’ made by United States company Louis Marx & Co.

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Wristwatches and jewellery to cater for all auction tastes

Several gents’ wristwatches from leading makers are among the major attractions at Leonard Joel’s forthcoming jewels and timepieces auction from 6pm Monday June 5 in its Sydney premises at 39 Queen Street, Woollahra.

 The best timepiece example is a Jaeger LeCoultre Master Tourbillon wristwatch with a catalogue estimate of $22,000-$32,000.

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Historic football memberships among auction classics

Carlton Football Club members and supporters can take a walk down memory lane from 11am Sunday May 14 when 19th and early 20th century club season tickets go under the hammer at Leonard Joel 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra, as part of its Asian Art, Classic Furniture & Objects auction.

The oldest, with a $1200- $1600 catalogue estimate, is an 1874 Carlton membership season ticket.

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