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Rare giant sapphire transforms Australian auction market

Three high priced items should whet serious collector appetites at Sotheby’s Australia forthcoming jewellery auction from 5.30pm Tuesday May 12 at 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.

One is the extremely rare “Willows” 35.73-carat yellow sapphire pendant carrying a catalogue estimate of $100,000-$150,000.

Reportedly unearthed on August 14, 1946 in central Queensland by John Anderson, the sapphire’s extraordinary size places in an exclusive category and is the largest and finest Australian sapphire that the American Gemological Laboratories has examined to date.

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David Clarke Collection of Australian art to go under the hammer

The David Clarke Collection of Australian Art – containing more than 40 paintings, sculptures and works on paper – is one of the most significant private collections of Australian art in recent decades.

Comprising important works from colonial to modern and contemporary Australian artists, the collection will be auctioned by Sotheby’s Australia, as part of its Important Australian Art auction, from 6.30pm Tuesday April 28 at the InterContinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street.

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Dame Nellie Melba personal collection to go under the hammer

Collectors will have the chance to obtain a piece of operatic history when the personal collection of iconic Australian operatic diva Dame Nellie Melba is auctioned from 6pm Tuesday March 31 by Sotheby’s Australia at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Collins Street.

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Iconic jewellery pieces will set auction goers hearts thumping

A magnificent collection of designer and iconic pieces from Cartier, Rolex and Tiffany & Co will be the highlight of Sotheby’s Australia jewellery auction from 5.30pm Wednesday December 10 at the Intercontinental Sydney 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney.

A major feature is an impressive 18-carat white gold and diamond Allegra demi-parture from Bulgari, comprising an articulated choker and bracelet designed as a series of baton-shaped links.

Together, the diamonds weigh approximately 25.80 carats and the piece carries a catalogue estimate of $180,000-$220,000.

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Poet T.S. Eliot honoured in Jeffrey Smart auction painting

A homage paid to poet T.S. Eliot entitled T.S. Euginedes, Piraeus by Jeffrey Smart – and never before seen at auction – is one of seven of the artist’s works to feature prominently in Sotheby’s Australia forthcoming Important Australian & International Art auction from 6.30pm Tuesday November 25 at the Intercontinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street in Sydney.

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Window dresser collection to kickstart auction

Darryl Farrelly was one of Melbourne’s premiere window dressers and famous for some of Myer’s most memorable windows.

With the festive season around the corner and the Myer Christmas windows in their final stages of preparation, it is perhaps fitting that his arts and design collection will be part of Sotheby’s Australia forthcoming Fine Asian Australian & European Design auction from 5.30pm Wednesday October 29 at Level 2, 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.

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Famous duck painting Sotheby's auction highlight

Sotheby’s Australia forthcoming Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design Melbourne auction will highlight the painting Ans Ufer (Enten) by German artist Alexander Koester, famous for his painting of ducks.

From a private Queensland collection, the painting shows Koester’s mastery of Impressionist brushwork techniques and depiction of ducks.

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Rare Tom Roberts painting to go under hammer

One of the finest portraits by the prominent and influential Australian artist Tom Roberts (1856-1931) remaining in private ownership will be among paintings auctioned by Sotheby’s Australia as part of its Important Australian Art sale at the Intercontinental Sydney from 6.30pm on Tuesday May 13.

Most renowned for his pioneering subjects such as Shearing the Rams (1890, National Gallery of Victoria) and A Break Away! (Art Gallery of South Australia), Roberts is regarded as one of Australia’s finest portrait painters.

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Lost colonial medal an auction find

A silver medal presented in 1806 by the third Governor of New South Wales, Philip Gidley King, to Te Pahi, the first influential Maori leader to visit the fledgling colony, has recently been rediscovered after being lost for about 200 years.

It is one of Australia’s and new Zealand’s earliest and most significant colonial artefacts and will be a highlight of Sotheby’s Australia forthcoming Fine Asia, Australian & European Arts & Design auction from 6pm on Tuesday April 15 at the Intercontinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney.

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Diamond and turquoise suite - an auction for jewellery lovers

A striking diamond and turquoise suite by ground-breaking American jewellery designer David Webb (1925-1975) will be a major attraction at Sotheby’s Australia jewellery auction from 6pm Tuesday at the company’s new premises Level 9, 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.

David Webb, who made the suite (catalogue estimate $230,000-$280,000) about 1970, was renowned for his bold, powerful and colourful designs and paved the way for contemporary designers by creating jewellery as art.

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