Philips Auctions

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Travelling collectors auction Aboriginal art gems

It is rare these days to find collectors of Aboriginal art who actually travel to the communities to meet the artists and purchase the works first hand.

However, Michael and Janet Strachan did exactly that when about 20 years ago they first visited the Kimberley region of Western Australia and fell in love with the landscape and its art.

Their first contact was with the Warmun community – the home of what were to become iconic Aboriginal artists like Rover Thomas, Jack Britten and Queenie McKenzie - and famous for its ochre paintings.

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Ring auction not to be missed

A stunning range of diamond solitaire rings could make the ideal Christmas gifts as Philips Auctions gears up for its fine decorative arts and jewellery auctions from noon on Sunday December 1 and 6pm on Monday December 2 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

The largest of the diamonds is 8.88 carats, with others measuring respectively 6.25, 4.30, 1.80 and 1.50 carats.

These rings have already generated a great deal of interest with enquiries from both overseas and throughout Australia.

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Art deco clocks an attractive auction feature

Six very unusual art deco clocks could bring a rush of collectors to Philips Auctions next decorative and fine arts sale from noon on Sunday December 1 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

There is a wealth of items to attract a broad range of buyers with Chinese vases, bowls and other artefacts high on the attraction list.

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Vendor provenance to attract auction goers

Items belonging to one of New Zealand’s leading auctioneers, the late Murray McKearney, are among some of the stronger attractions in Philips Auctions latest sale, from noon on Sunday at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

From the 1960s, Mr McKearney was a dominant force in the antiques and fine arts auction scene around Hastings and until the 1980s (when he ceased auctioneering) every dealer of note from Auckland to Wellington gathered for each of his auctions.

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Elegant jewellery to attract auction goers

An exciting and elegant selection of modern, vintage and antique jewellery should attract auction goers to Philips Auctions jewellery sale from 6pm Monday at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

One of the highlights is a striking black and white diamond pendant on a diamond chain, with a catalogue estimate of $8000-$10,000.

Another is a stunning white gold full set diamond eternity hoop ring estimated at $16,000-$22,000 while an even more expensive 18-carat white gold 3.51-carat solitaire diamond by Michael Wilson, with a $49,500 valuation, should have buyers rubbing their hands.

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Bronzes and shipwreck pieces an auction highlight

Two magnificent Japanese bronze works from the late Meiji period (1869-1912) (both sourced from a Melbourne estate) and several 17th and 18th century Chinese shipwreck cargo pieces are highlights of Philips Auctions next decorative arts sale from noon on Sunday at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

One of the Japanese bronzes is a Tokyo School example of a young girl playing with her Japanese Chin dog.

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Historic items go under Philips Auctions hammer

A military breastplate of the type used during the English Civil War in the mid-17th century is one of the more unusual items to go under the hammer from noon tomorrow at Philips Auctions at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

Belonging to a former armour collector who claims the breastplate dates from about 1790 (the latest period this type of armour was used in battle), nevertheless, according to United Kingdom photographic records, it looks just like breastplates used until about 1650.

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Paintings by former NGV director an auction highlight

Paintings by the man responsible for building the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in St Kilda Road will be a major highlight of Philips Auctions decorative arts and furniture sale from noon on Sunday, June 16.

Eric Westbrook was appointed NGV director in 1954 and, at the time, the gallery was housed in a decrepit Victorian-era building – later redeveloped as the State Library of Victoria.

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Auction houses become retail outlets for buyers

Once upon a time, furniture auction houses were the places people would go to offload their less than desirable items that no one else really wanted. Usually holding weekly sales, often these venues would be crammed to the rafters with either unwanted junk or items that would be sold off at very competitive prices.

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