Auction Results

Great achievement for Australian auction house under trying conditions

An 87 per cent by value result for Gibson’s Autumn Auction Series sale in Melbourne on Monday May 25 was a fantastic achievement even if the auction had been conducted under normal conditions.

It was twice as valuable given the heavy trading restrictions imposed by Australia’s current coronavirus pandemic and the auction house was more than a little pleased with its online success.

An impressive William IV mahogany breakfront library bookcase (lot 218) was the top selling item...

Australian "virtual" auction attracts big following

An autograph book now almost 100 years old and featuring cricket signatures from a bygone era, that sold above its catalogue estimate for $6500, (lot 141) was the top selling item at Leski Auctions “live” sporting memorabilia sale on May 10 as Australia still operated under lockdown restrictions during the world coronavirus pandemic.

The “live” auction, featuring 716 lots – Leski Auctions biggest sporting sale in years – gave  buyers the choice of lodging bids...

Modest priced items prove popular at Melbourne online auction

A French Boulle style tantalus (lot 124) was the top selling item at Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions stockroom sale on Thursday April 30 and sold for $440 on a $200-$300 estimate.

Forced to hold all its auctions as timed online sales because of the coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the world, Gibson’s is experimenting with modest priced items to maintain ongoing interest in the auction system among both vendors and buyers.

The second highest price of $...

Online auction experiment an encouragement for future sales

When Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions started closing its timed online auction at 10.30am Wednesday April 8, it was the culmination of an experimental sale to combat the restrictive effects of the coronavirus pandemic that, like so many other countries, had severely affected the Australian economy.

Antique and art auction houses could trade – as long as they did it entirely on line. So managing director Jennifer Gibson decided that their first online experiment –...

Collectors ignore health threat to bid for railway models and toys

Despite the constant coronavirus threat, collectors bid enthusiastically at Leski Auctions Melbourne sale of toys, trains and models on March 22 – so much so that auctioneer Charles Leski kept reminding them to keep the recommended government ordered distance from each other to minimise the risk of infection.

By the end of the sale, about 75 per cent of lots had been sold – most within the catalogue estimates.  

A circa 1958 Yonezawa Atom Jet Racer (lot...

Aboriginal art auction result a good reward for effort

One of Australia’s top Aboriginal artists Emily Kane Kngwarreye was the top earner at Deutscher and Hackett’s Melbourne Australian Aboriginal art auction on March 18.

Her painting, Desert Winter 1994 (lot 8), sold for $317,200 including buyer’s premium followed by her other auction work, A Desert Life Cycle III 1991 (lot 9), for $170,800.

Despite the difficulties now facing the Australian auction scene with the onset of the worldwide...

Some art auction records are just not meant to be

Pundits were predicting an artist auction record for Del Kathryn Barton’s painting Openly Song 2014 (lot 33) – featured on the catalogue cover at Menzies first auction for 2020 on February 27 in Melbourne.

However, it was not to be as the price with buyer’s premium of $282,273 fell well short of the record of $378,200 for Of Pollen set by Sotheby’s Australia in 2018.

Barton’s painting was not the only work to not measure up to pre-auction expectations...

French silver comport brings crowd gasps at Melbourne auction result

Conservatively estimated at $10,000-$15,000, a 19th century French Japanese-style silver, niello and enamel comport (lot 20) brought gasps from auction goers as it went under the hammer for $46,000 at Leski Auctions first decorative arts and collectables sale for the year in its Melbourne rooms on Saturday, February 22.

The two-day auction, featuring more than 1000 wide-ranging lots of which 790 sold, brought item prices ranging from several hundred to many...

Australian pioneer aviation memorabilia brings top auction prices

While lunar soil brought back by the first unmanned robotic probe to touch down on the Moon’s surface failed to find a buyer at Leski’s December 11 Melbourne auction, memorabilia from pioneer aviation flights resulted in a great deal of spirited bidding.

The tiny sample of soil from the Russian Luna 16 September 1970 expedition (lot 261) carried a starting price of $400,000, so it was always going to be big ask to find a sufficiently wealthy interested buyer – while...

John Brack once more wows auction art lovers

It was no surprise when John Brack’s Yellow Legs, 1969 (lot 13) painting vaulted well past its $600,000-$800,000 catalogue estimate, with spirited bidding in the room and on the telephone, to eventually be knocked down to a successful phone bidder for $1,195,600 including buyer’s premium at Deutscher and Hackett’s Melbourne November 27 art sale.

Owned by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the vibrant painting was part of his highly acclaimed Ballroom Dancing...

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