Auction Results

Auctions still worth it for high profile artists

Although Menzies September 26 Sydney auction fell well short of the hoped for $8 million in revenue, there were several important results to satisfy art connoisseurs that investment in high profile artists is worth pursuing.

At $5,004,511 including buyers’ premiums, the sale still reached a healthy 77 per cent by volume and 69 per cent by value.

One of the leading paintings was Rick Amor’s The Waiter (lot 34) which sold for $220,909.09 against a...

Popular sculpture easily reaches target at Melbourne auction

No one really batted an eye when Claire-Jeanne Roberte Colinet’s (1880-1950) Theban Dancer (lot 58) went under the hammer for $23,180 (including buyer’s premium) at Gibson’s 20th century Design auction on September 22 in Melbourne.

The sculpture carried the top estimate ($20,000-$30,000) of any item before the auction and during her lifetime Colinet built an enviable reputation as a Belgian-French sculptor whose best known works were art deco Arab...

Spectacular rare clocks bring big Melbourne auction prices

The more spectacular and intricate the clock, the more collectors are prepared to pay for it – if the results of Leski Auctions Melbourne-based Fine & Rare Clocks sale on September 15 are any guide.

Two of these circa 1885 clocks, both by French clockmaker Andre Romain Guilmet, brought the same amount on the day – a hammer price of $38,000 each.

One is a nautical “ships stern” industrial clock (lot 67) that sold for almost six times the upper catalogue...

Plomley collection sells above estimates at Sydney auction

The late Ken and Joan Plomley collection of modernist art, comprising the first 36 lots of Deutscher and Hackett’s August 28 Sydney auction, surpassed all expectations – with only four left unsold and the remainder going under the hammer well above their catalogue estimates.

The collection was famous for containing one of the largest number of Roy de Maistre (1894-1968) paintings in private hands – and his works proved popular with bidders.

For example, lot 2...

Stamps and coins bring mixed prices at Melbourne auction

Despite being below its catalogue estimate of $20,000-$25,000, a block of four five-penny King George V head stamps (lot 209) on August 28 easily brought the highest price at Leski Auctions first Melbourne-based Stamps, Coins & Postal History auction since December last year.

The stamps sold for $15,000 – with lot 239, a King George V Perkins Bacon one penny black die proof, changing hands for $6500 and the preceding lot (again a King George V one penny proof but...

Auction photos of Mount Everest conquest bring record prices

Not surprisingly, it was the photographs of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay conquering  Mount Everest that sent collectors into a frenzy when the lifetime works of English climber, explorer and photographer Alfred Gregory (1913-2010) went under the hammer at Gibson’s Auctions Melbourne sale on August 26.

The year was 1953 and the pair were creating history – for the climb had never before been successfully completed.

Gregory, who with his wife Sue...

Rebel tour Test cap streaks auction field

Two cricketing items streaked the field at Leski Auctions August sporting memorabilia sale in Melbourne.

One was former Australian fast bowler Rodney Hogg’s yellow rebel tour Test team cap (lot 241), which sold for $6500, and the other the first membership badge issued by the Melbourne Cricket Club (lot 48) – knocked down for $5000 on a $3000-$4000 catalogue estimate.

Hogg played 38 Test matches and 71 One Day Internationals, taking 123 Test wickets at an...

Chinese artefacts and jewellery lead the way at Gibson's Auctions winter sale

An 18th century Qing Dynasty celadon and russet jade boulder carving (lot 617) topped popular demand for Chinese statues, porcelain and other collectables when it changed hands for $15,525 including buyer’s premium at Gibson’s Winter Auction Series Melbourne sale on August 5 and 6.

The 790-lot two-day sale featured more than 200 Chinese items including a Longquan Yuan Dynasty carved celadon dish (lot 743) which sold for $5961.60 and an 18th/19...

Australian artist Arkley sets new auction record

A new artist auction record of just over $1.5 million awaited Australian artist the late Howard Arkley when Menzies winter sale got underway on June 27 in Melbourne.

The result eclipsed his previous record of $646,000 set in 2016 for a similar work to Deluxe Setting, 1992 (lot 32) which was the subject of intense bidding on the night.

Dying tragically early in 1999 after representing Australia at that year’s Venice Biennale, Arkley became famous for...

German artist and Chinese figure tie for top auction price

A painting by German artist Oscar Merte (1873-1938) entitled Riders in the Park (lot 250) and an 18th century Chinese carved wood and polychromed figure of Guan Yin (lot 276) shared first prize spoils at Leski Auctions June Decorative Arts & Collectables Melbourne sale – each selling for $7500 hammer price.

Standing on a rocky outcrop, the Chinese figure was converted to a table lamp early in the 20th century.

An Anglo-Indian Vizagapatam ivory...

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