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Rare stamp auction gives Mossgreen's versatility a boost

Since Gary Watson joined the Mossgreen team last year, stamps and postal history items have played an increasingly important role in the company’s auction setup.

The former Prestige Philately owner has brought enormous experience and expertise to bear in this field as Mossgreen seeks to become Australia’s most versatile and premier art, decorative arts, sporting memorabilia and collectables auction house.

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Strong demand for auction sporting memorabilia

Demand for sporting memorabilia is stronger than ever – particularly for early items, documents and photographs where the sporting greats have retired or died – and Mossgreen’s first auction of this type for 2016 is a great example.

To be held from 10am Monday February 8 at 926-930 High Street Armadale, the auction features the Australian baggy green Test caps from two former Australian captains – one belonging to the late Richie Benaud from his last Test series in 1963-64 against South Africa and the other to Ian Chappell from the 1973-74 series against New Zealand.

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Extraordinaire Christmas shopping at Mossgreen auction

Mossgreen’s Quarterly Collectors Auctions Series should just about wrap up the Christmas shopping for those auction goers looking for relatively inexpensive unusual gifts.

The sale will be held from 2pm Tuesday December 8 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

Right from Lot 1 – an art deco enamelled nickel travelling clock – many of the offerings are not part of the normal Christmas fare displayed in large department stores.

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Emir's massive diamond an auction masterpiece

A 7.34-carat diamond entitled Altan Nur from the palace of Emir Alim of Bokhara will be part of Mossgreen’s Fine Jewels & Watches Silver & Objet Verdu auction from 6.30pm Monday November 16 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

The Sadri family purchased the diamond in 1939 from Emir’s son Pulat Alimi who had fled from the Soviet Union to East Turkestan after the Bolshevics ousted his father in 1923.

A George III sterling silver tea urn bearing the Rt Hon Alexander Baring arms (1774-1864) – first Baron Ashburton – is another important auction piece.

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Unique Australian ceramics collection looks for new home

Marvin Hurnall had a ceramics collection for which most collectors would give their right arm.

One of Australia’s most enthusiastic collectors and best-known antique dealers, Hurnall amassed a personal collection that featured the very best of Australian pottery.

His collecting efforts sparked a resurgence in popularity for such Australian ceramic icons as John Perceval, Arthur and Merric Boyd, Maude O’Reilly, William Ricketts, Grace Secombe and Marguerite Mahood.

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Phar Lap auctioneer catalogue unearthed

With racegoers flocking to Flemington for the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival, Mossgreen is opportunistically holding a racing memorabilia auction devoted to Australia’s most famous racehorse – Phar Lap – from 6.30pm on Melbourne Cup eve at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

Highlight of the sale is the recently unearthed original auctioneer’s copy (dated January 24, 1928) of the Yearling Sale Catalogue in New Zealand for the champion.

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Unique Australian stamp collection goes to auction

Arthur Gray was a giant of a man with a personality to match. A highly successful corporate lawyer with BHP who later joined merchant banker Kleinwort Benson before acquiring Russells health foods from Blackmores, Gray had enormously deep pockets – which enabled him to pursue his favourite philatelic pastime without worrying about anyone ever getting the better of him.

The result was the establishment of the most extensive, valuable and important collection of Australian stamps ever formed.

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Summer months bring out the best in interior design auctions

Mossgreen will hold its sixth Interior Decorator auction from 2pm Sunday October 25 in a sale that showcases a curated selection of indoor and outdoor items for homeowners designed for the summer months.

Internationally famous designer Allegra Hicks wrote the catalogue introduction in which she alluded to the 18th and 19th century French furniture, mid-20th century Murano glass and retro Italian armchairs within the auction mix.

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Veteran Stutz Bearcat leads classic car auction

A 1916 Stutz Model 4C Bearcat Roadster is the leading light at Mossgreen’s latest Collectors’ Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia auction from 3pm Sunday October 18 at 935 High Street, Armadale.

One of the most significant American veteran cars, it is the only known Stutz Bearcat bucket-seat roadster in Australia from a total of 25 registered worldwide.

Brought to Australia shortly after it was built in Indianapolis, in 1952 the current owner bought the Stutz from a Dandenong motor wrecker.

The car was mechanically complete but carried the remains of a utility body.

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Australian-Chinese collection attracts international acclaim

Barry and Anne Pang ran a successful martial arts school in Melbourne (established in 1974) long before they became interested in collecting art.

However, by the mid-1990s their passion for the finer things in life was rapidly accelerating and so they established the Toorak-based Artpreciation business to help develop a significant art collection.

“We first started collecting Pro Hart works which we then sold to plough the money back into better paintings,” Barry said.

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