Auction Results

Fast paced auction sparks bidding war

Buyers flooded Philips Auctions building for the last decorative arts sale of the year and, perhaps with a view to obtaining appropriate Christmas presents for loved ones, were desperately trying to outbid each other for many of the items on offer.

The auction started apace with vintage camera buffs vying for a 1936 Leica complete with Angenieux Paris lens that sold for $1298 including buyers premium (IBP) against an estimate of $300-$500 and never let up.


Linus Onus auction record

Robyn by Linus Onus and painted a year before the artist’s untimely death in 1996 reached an auction record for the painter at Sotheby’s Australia’s colonial, modern and contemporary Australian art sale in Melbourne on November 26.

The figure of $414,800 including buyers premium (IBP) was more than double the catalogue estimate of $160,000-$180,000 and the painting typical of his works which harmoniously integrated ‘western’ painting styles with Aboriginal...

Antique bronzes bring massive returns

Antique bronze figures brought massive returns at Mossgreen’s two-part Spring Auction Series sale on November 19.

A 15th century Chinese gilt bronze seated Buddha sold for a staggering auction top price of $170,800 including buyers premium (against a $20,000-$30,000 estimate), while a rare and exceptional gilt bronze figure of Mahakala, owned by Sotheby’s Australia founder and former chairman Robert Bleakley, changed hands for $146,400 ($40,000-$60,000...

Work within Ear Shot of auction record

Fiona Hall’s Ear Shot 2002 set an auction record of $23,180 (including buyers premium) for the artist at Mossgreen’s November 10 sale – massively surpassing the previous high of $4800.

Other top results included Tracey Moffatt’s Something More #1 (1989), which sold for $48,800 including BP, and Adam Cullen’s Uncle Roy that changed hands for $31,720.

Australia Post auction a 10-hour marathon

Abbeys Auctions November 9 annual Australia Post sale lasted for almost 10 hours as more than 1000 lots of unclaimed postal items were keenly contested by both online and auction room buyers.

Several of the more unusual items to go under the hammer included a limited edition Les Paul Gothic Series Gibson electric guitar, which sold for $1440 including buyers premium.

A Bear Brick collectible figure displaying a Sex Pistols theme changed hands for $570, while a...

High clearance rate for Amanda Addams Auctions

Following a busy two days viewing and a full house of registered bidders, Amanda Addams Auctions November 4 sale was notable for its high clearance rate of 80 per cent (both auction and after sales) and several jewellery items that changed hands at healthy prices.

An 18-carat gold and tanzanite ring led the charge selling for $3798 including buyers premium, while an 18-carat white gold emerald and diamond ring brought $3324.

A 14-carat yellow gold multi-...

Brett Whiteley painting achieves auction record

Brett Whiteley’s My Armchair 1976 was knocked down to well-known Melbourne buyer John Playfoot on October 31 at Menzies auction for a new artist record of $3,927,272 (including buyer’s premium).

The result surpasses Whiteley’s previous auction record of $3.48 million (including buyer’s premium) for The Olgas for Ernest Giles sold by Menzies in 2007.

A massive, eye-catching and impressive work, My Armchair was painted at a...

Shear excitement as historic clippers go under hammer for healthy price

The National Museum of Australia has bought the historic Jackie Howe Mechanical Shears at Sotheby’s Australia’s October Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design sale after a frenzied bidding war saw the price charge to $46,360 including buyers premium.

Sotheby's had placed a fairly conservative estimate of $15,000-$25,000 on the shears but with competitive bidding from both telephones and the room the price soon...

Flying start for Philips Auctions October sale

Philips Auctions October fine and decorative arts sale got off to a flying start with every early lot selling – many well above the catalogue estimates. 

Great examples were the 1870s mahogany “musette” crank organ music box complete with rolls that sold for $1180 on an $800 upper estimate and an 1840s English Regency table clock that changed hands for $5192.

Another strong early result was the fine French spelter figural clock that sold for $2242 on a $...

Mossgreen achieves auction record for historical volumes

Historically important rare books were the highlight of Mossgreen’s first auction in new salerooms in Armadale this last week. 

Comprising 22 volumes of engraved plates, maps, charts and scientific discoveries made on French expeditions of the Pacific from 1826-1829, “Voyage de la corvette l’Astrolabe” by Dumont D’Urville was conservatively estimated at $25,000-35,000 – with the expectation that they would probably fetch a higher price on the day. 



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