Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel

Vintage Leica cameras to go under the hammer

A single owner collection of highly sought after Leica cameras – including the first model marketed successfully to the public at the 1925 Leipzig Spring Fair – will go under the hammer from 2pm Thursday August 6 at Leonard Joel 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The Leica I (lot 2) for auction was manufactured in 1929, carries the number 19082 and has an Elmar 3.2 lens.

The name Leica is a combination of the first three letters of its inventor Ernst Leitz surname and the first two from the word camera.

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Single owner Ralph Lauren collection hits auction scene

A single owner collection that features a massive range of Ralph Lauren items – including furniture, fittings, clothing and shoes – will be auctioned as part of Leonard Joel’s Modern Designer Luxury Collection from 5.30pm Thursday July 30 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The collection has never been used or worn and gives auction goers the chance to buy these items at less than retail price.

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Petite contemporary art auction to attract young buyers

A Petite Contemporary Art auction – designed by Leonard Joel to highlight quality contemporary art pieces that deserve showcasing – will be held from 2pm Thursday July 30 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Numbering only 40 art works with estimates ranging from only a few hundred dollars, this boutique auction is particularly aimed at bringing younger buyers to the art market with pieces that should have broad appeal.

Of particular note is Rona Green’s Pretty Boys 2005 (lot 1) and David Band’s Untitled (Bottle on Blue Background) (lot 3).

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Family art heirloom sees auction light

Leonard Joel’s Fine Art auction from 6.30pm Tuesday June 23 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra features Walter Withers The Trysting Place c1891 – part of the one family collection since its 19th century acquisition by Herald chairman of the time, the late Theodore Fink (1855-1942).

Born in the Channel Islands and migrating with his family in April 1861 to Geelong, Fink was a solicitor, politician, newspaper proprietor and educationist.

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Female jewellery collectors to the auction fore

Leonard Joel has really worked overtime to assemble items for its latest jewellery sale from 6pm Monday June 22 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Perhaps the most outstanding piece is a 9.01-carat solitaire brilliant cut diamond ring (lot 143), a typical example of the calibre of jewellery presented at this auction.

Accompanied by a Gemmological Institute of Australia (GIA) certificate stating colour N and clarity WS2, the catalogue estimate for the ring is $160,000 to $190,000.

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Unique Asian and Oceanic collection goes under the hammer

More than 850 lots of oceanic and Asian works of art belonging to 92-year-old Mark Lissauer will go under the hammer from 11am Sunday May 31 at Leonard Joel 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Lissauer has dedicated almost his entire adult life to collecting and researching niche ethnographic material – reflected in this magnificent and unusual collection, regarded in Australia as one of a kind.

A veteran traveller of more than 40 countries – and fluent in five languages – he acquired his first tribal artefact in 1948 while on a business trip to New Guinea.

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Single owner industrial models collection ushers in new auction era

A single owner collection of industrial models and scientific instruments – part of Leonard Joel’s May Classic Furniture and Objects auction – signals an emerging category within the auction world.

With the auction to be held from 11am Saturday May 30 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra, the single owner collection is a reflection of mankind’s industrial and social past.

Several intriguing working models are part of the collection – including a museum quality model of an English Beam engine from the 1940s.

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Famous French artist leads specialist print auction

A rare colour aquatint on paper by French artist Pierre Soulages called Untitled 1957 is one of the major attractions at Leonard Joel’s forthcoming Specialist Prints & Photography auction from 11.30am Thursday May 18 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Born in 1919 in Rodez, Aveyron, Soulages is known as “the painter in black” owing to his interest “both as a colour and non-colour”.

According to Soulages, when light is reflected on black, it transforms and transmutes it, opening a mental field all its own.

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Pre-owned luxury items auction puts designers on show

Pre-owned luxury items featuring creations by Hermes, Pucci, Etro, Lulu Guiness, Burberry and many other designers will be auctioned from 1pm Thursday May 14 by Leonard Joel at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Included in the auction are silk scarves, handbags, suitcases, bangles, bowls, atomisers, chargers, ties and vintage brooches.

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Successful antiques business named after grandmother's dog

Tom Szekeres and his son Chanon decided on the name of a family dog when they set up their antique business in West Melbourne 16 years ago - partly because of exasperation, partly from timing and partly from subliminal family influence.

“Wally Johnson was the name of my wife Julie's grandmother's dog,” Tom explained. “When we went to register the name of our business, frustratingly all the names we had chosen were already taken – so we decided that name was as good as any.”

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