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Melbourne philanthropist and lifelong arts lover collection up for grabs

Auction goers will have the opportunity to see the late Suzanne Cecil’s personal collection at her magnificent Toorak home for more than two days before Mossgreen transfers all the items to its rooms at 926-930 High Street, Armadale for auction from 2.30pm Sunday May 15.

Descended from Henry Buck – one of Melbourne’s most distinguished and recognised family names – Sue was actively involved in the family retail business, but had a lifelong passion for painting and the arts.

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Phar Lap program collection auction for serious collectors

Although he won his last race 85 years ago before dying tragically from suspected poisoning, Phar Lap is still regarded as the most famous racehorse in Australian history.

Now, a unique collection of racing programs portraying much of Phar Lap’s racing career, will be auctioned from 9.30am Tuesday May 10 by Mossgreen at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

The collection belongs to Californian Gary Madeiros who grew up near Menlo Park, where Phar Lap died, and was always fascinated by his story.

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Mossgreen art auction features works from several eras

Mossgreen’s head of Australian art Frances Lindsay highlights the opening lot – John Brack’s Cold Figure 1960 – as an example of the quality of the sale in the lead up to the company’s two-day fine Australian and International Art auction from 6.30pm on Monday May 2 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

“The painting has all the characteristics that make Brack a wonderful artist including his ability to capture the essence of humanity,” she said.

In this work, he depicts a thin woman dressed in several layers of jumpers with a scarf snugly encircling her neck.

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Intrepid adventurer's aviation museum an auction marvel

Intrepid adventurer John Fisher would have been right at home in earlier times when men and women took on almost insurmountable challenges and pushed the boundaries of human endeavour in a quest to explore unknown worlds.

Instead this entrepreneur, pilot, philanthropist and avid aviation collector undertook extreme exploits in a modern day environment to satisfy his desire for an adrenalin rush.

His aviation collection will be auctioned from noon Sunday April 30 at Maryborough Café Gallery, Maryborough Railway Station in Station Street, Maryborough Victoria.

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International decorative arts auction heralds new Mossgreen era

When Mossgreen’s head of international and decorative arts Jenny Gibson climbs the podium at 4pm Sunday April 17 to start the company’s first three-day International Decorative Arts auction, it will signal a new era in its auctioneering procedures – the inaugural evening-day sales.

These replace the former quarterly sales and will be held three times a year – April/May, July/August and November.

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Gallerist paintings to engender plenty of auction interest

The forthcoming auction of paintings from the late Joy Warren’s estate in Canberra’s Albert Hall should engender plenty of interest among art lovers Australia wide.

A larger than life figure who dedicated her life to the arts as a performer, fundraiser, publicist and patron, she and her husband Bob established the Solander Gallery in the national capital to provide a venue for the promotion and exhibition of artists works she admired.

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Rare indigenous art collection depicts history of Australian Aborigines

Environmental scientists Tony Norton and Jann Williams have been enthusiastic collectors of indigenous Australian art since the 1980s and, over many years of travelling, have met many of Australia’s leading indigenous artists.

Tony’s interest was first sparked in 1972 by a visit central Australia where he encountered the Stuart Art Centre selling Papunya boards.

Both he and Jann were drawn to richness of western desert art and its deep connection with the desert landscape, iconography, aesthetic qualities and cultural significance.

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Lifetime collection of phonographs, gramophones and radios to go under the hammer

Being given responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the in house gramophone at his parent’s café at age 12 led to a lifetime obsession with the music player for 84-year-old Nick Raftopoulos.

Nick was born on the island of Ithaca, Greece in January 1922 and migrated with his family to Australia in 1934.

They settled in the northern Victorian town Merbein where his parents opened a café and Nick grew so attached to the gramophone that he brought it with him when the family relocated to Melbourne in 1939.

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Forward thinking collector auctions his paintings

Peter McMahon is a collector well ahead of his time when it comes to taste and forward thinking.

Although he began collecting art in his 20s, it was not until 1987 that he realised what it was he loved about art.

The revelation followed his viewing of the exhibition Surface for Reflection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales when he was able to identify texture, surface and colour as the elements he most admired.

Such a realisation went onto shape McMahon’s collection and, with wife Jennifer, he designed a home to house it.

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Former NGV curator collection goes under the hammer

The art collection of former National Gallery of Victoria curator the late Jennifer Phipps will be auctioned from 2.30pm Sunday February 28 by Mossgreen at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

Phipps strongly believed that art could change the world and – along with her passion for travel, history and music – this inspired many of her exhibitions as curator of Australian art at the gallery.

The auction will contain fine Australian contemporary art, indigenous art, oceanic and tribal artefacts, photographs and personal ephemera from her private collection.

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