Auction Results

Exquisite pocket watches sell in an auction buying frenzy

Philips Auctions sold all but one of its 160 pocket watches at a special auction on August 14 – held the day after its usual decorative arts and jewellery sales.

The collection, which belonged to a late Melbourne surgeon whose wife wanted to remain anonymous, was lovingly assembled and an important part of his recreational activities when alive.

Top sellers from the collection included a solid gold Rolex wristwatch ($6830 including buyer’s premium), a James McCabe full hunter...

A blockbuster result for stamps and postal auction

The boom times of the late 19790s were revisited on September 1 as stamp dealers and collectors fought for possession at Abacus Auctions latest Melbourne sale.  

Top price was $34,220  -  all figures include the 18% buyer’s premium  -  paid for a block of eight £2 Navigators on a cover that wasn’t even addressed. 

Three overseas bidders on different continents jousted with local enthusiasts, with six combatants still live at $20,...

Arthur Mailey cricketing sketches fetch good price at auction

Ben Barnett’s autograph book featuring the work of Arthur Mailey was the leading money earner at Leski Auctions Melbourne sale on September 2.

The book, entitled “Australian Cricket Tour – England 1934”, included illustrations of team members and touring party officials signed by both Arthur Mailey and the cricketers involved and went under the hammer for $42,000 against a high estimate of $7500.

Australian cricketing legend Sir Donald Bradman’s correspondence to Nigel Ward who...

Australian art auction market as popular as ever

If Menzies latest auction results ( Sydney August 9) for its Australian & International Fine Art & Sculpture sale are any guide, the Australian art market continues to gather strength as well-known Australian and international artists are snapped up by buyers eager to cash in on their ongoing popularity.

Perhaps the greatest example of this was Andy Warhol’s Head after Picasso 1985 which was knocked down for $900,000 ($1.125 million with buyer’s premium).


Enthusiastic reception for Gibson's inaugural auction

Buyers showed plenty of enthusiasm for Gibson’s Auctions inaugural sale on Sunday August 12 in Melbourne when 87 percent of the items sold at 126 per cent of estimated total value.

The top seller was a large and unusual hand painted circa 1879 Belleek ceramic platter which was knocked down for $7930 (including buyer's premium) against a catalogue estimate of $600-$800.

A pair of Chinese carved rosewood glazed display cabinets was another big attraction, changing hands for $5368...

Cricketing history buffs get amongst the auction action

Buyers obtained a real slice of cricketing history when Abacus Auctions conducted its second sale (Coins, Banknotes & Sporting Memorabilia) in Melbourne on July 22.

Early 20th century autographed photo postcards of Test cricketers sold like hot cakes – with prices realised reflecting individual fame and the rarity of the signature.

While famous individuals like W.G. Grace ($300 – spot on estimate), Victor Trumper ($600 – double estimate) and Prince Ranjitsinhji...

Leski Auctions registers strong auction results first up

Leski Auctions first Melbourne sale since resuming trading following the Mossgreen collapse, the July 15 Australian & Colonial History & Artworks auction, brought strong results for many items.

A 19th century album of 48 indigenous photographs assembled by Paul Heinrich Matthias Foelsche (1831-1914) was the top sale item bringing a hammer price of $34,000 – well above its $10,000-$20,000 catalogue estimate.

The Aboriginal Mother and Child in Landscape...

A Smart new record for Jeffrey at Australian auction

Australian artist Jeffrey Smart’s The Observer II 1983-1984 set a new artist’s record of $2 million including buyer’s premium when it was knocked down to a room bidder at Menzies 20th anniversary auction in Melbourne on April 26.

With an opening bid of $700,000 going up in $50,000 increments, it came down to a contest between phone bidders and those in the Menzies Melbourne auction rooms.

The previous record of $1,260,000 for a Jeffrey Smart work was set at...

Ashes urn sells at auction for $80,600

The 1909 Ashes urn, presented by Lady Darnley to Australia’s Test cricket captain Monty Noble following his team’s victory over England, sold for $80,6000 on Thursday December 7 at Leonard Joel’s auction in Melbourne.

The urn – one of only three still known to be in private hands (the other two are on loan to the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum) – is one of the most important pieces of cricketing memorabilia to appear on the market for many years – and the pinnacle for any sporting...

Auction confidence continues in Australian art market

Arthur Boyd’s Moby Dick Hill sold for $1.2 million at Sotheby’s Australia’s Sydney August 16 sale and became the third highest priced work at auction for the artist.

Sotheby’s Australia chairman Geoffrey Smith said the result was a testament to the genius of an artist who, following World War II, encapsulated the urgency and vitality of an Expressionist style that contributed significantly to the history and development of 20th century Australian art.



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