Auction Results

Buyers keen on online Australian art auction

Buyers showed their willingness to pay for the privilege of owning quality Australian paintings when Deutscher and Hackett closed its timed online auction of contemporary, Aboriginal and modern works in Melbourne on May 17. 

Although these were not the most expensive works for many these well-known Australian artists, nevertheless bidding was brisk as buyers tussled to obtain a favourite painting. 

A perennial favourite Ray Crooke took top billing...

Auction buyers get serious about Australian gold coins

Australian proof gold coins dating from 1986 to 1988 produced by the Perth Mint in a large jarrah timber presentation box (lot 53) brought the top price of $17,327.50 (including buyer’s premium) at Leski Auctions Stamps, Coins and Postal History Melbourne sale on May 10.

A 2d Kangaroo stamp (lot 177) with a catalogue estimate of $150-$200 surprised many auction goers when the successful bidder finally got their hands on the item for an incredible $15,535. 


An historic auction for Australian stamps

One of the highest grossing one-day sales in Australian philatelic history was achieved during Melbourne-based Abacus Auctions five-day auction from April 26-30.

The result occurred on day one when $1.25 million (including buyers premiums) was realised for complex South Australian departmental overprint stamps, known as “enigmas”, belonging to Adelaide medical practitioner Dr Donald Pearce.

Amassed over 50 years, the Pearce Collection included all the 54...

A buoyant art market delivers strong results at Sydney auction

Australian secondary art market prices continue to remain buoyant judging by Deutscher and Hackett’s Sydney auction results on May 4.

The top 10 paintings all sold either well above or well within their catalogue estimate range as the sale realised more than $7.3 million – 80 per cent by volume and 130 per cent by value – and more than 650 bidders battled it out either in the room, on the phone or on the internet.

Number one billing went to globally recognised...

Iconic artists prove popular at Melbourne auction

Australian paintings from iconic artists are continuing to prove popular with buyers and Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions Australian & International Art sale on Sunday April 10 proved no exception when the 161 works on offer sold for 141 per cent of their catalogue estimates.

Out in front was Arthur Streeton’s landscape The Stone Bridge circa 1930 (lot 3) which sold for $91,500 (including buyer’s premium) on a $25,000-$35,000 catalogue estimate while...

Old parliamentary furniture proves popular at auction

A collection of furniture dating back to 1880 and mothballed by the Victorian Parliament for up to 80 years attracted bidders galore anxious to obtain a slice of parliamentary history at Gibson’s Auctions online auction that ended from 10am on Monday April 4.

Ninety-seven per cent of items sold realising 272 per cent by value. Top seller was lot 140, a pair of 19th century late Victorian upholstered couches, that changed hands for $4148 (including buyer’s...

"Auction first" painting proves popular at Sydney art sale

“Auction first” paintings are always popular – so it was no surprise that John Brack’s (1920-1999) The Wedding Breakfast 1960 (lot 30) sold for $1,043,182 including buyer’s premium at Menzies Important Australian & International auction on March 31 in Sydney.

The hammer price of $850,000 almost reached the $900,000-$1.2 million catalogue estimate for a painting (depicting the cutting of the wedding cake) central to the artist’s Wedding series created for...

Artist records abound at Melbourne Aboriginal art auction

On a night when iconic indigenous artists Rover Thomas (Joolama) ((c1926-1998) and Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1910-1996) dominated proceedings at Deutscher and Hackett’s Important Australian Aboriginal Art in Melbourne on March 30, a much-loved compatriot Albert Namatjira (1902-1959) achieved an artist auction record for his watercolour entitled Glen Helen Gorge (lot 2), changing hands for $122,727 including buyer’s premium – more than twice its high catalogue estimate....

Massive Australian auction result for lowly estimated ceramic creations

For some reason, Melbourne-based Leski Auctions estimated lot 610 – an attractive pair of Chinese ceramic peanut ornaments and 20th century Persian-style censer, part of its two-day Decorative Arts & Collectables March 26-27 sale – at only $120-$200.

The final price could only be regarded as an auctioneer’s masterstroke as spirited bidding saw the items sell for $50,190 including the buyer’s premium.

A stunning, signed early 20th...

New and old furniture mix in Melbourne auction result

The comparatively modern blended with furniture several hundreds of years old to comprise the top 10 sale items at Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions Autumn Auction Series on Sunday March 27.

On one hand, there was Austro-Hungarian furniture designer and cabinetmaker Schulim Krimper’s (1893-1971) circa 1954 blackbean dining suite(lot 167)  holding centre stage with a $17,080 (including buyer’s premium) result – while on the other a circa 1760 George III oak...


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