Auction Results

Buyers in mood for Philips auction

Three sets of 1930s vintage handmade silk lingerie selling for $1320 against a catalogue estimate of $50-$100 set the early auction trend for Philips Auctions October 25 decorative arts sale.

More than 210 registered bidders soon got into the buying mood as the hammer fell regularly on items that could only be regarded as somewhat unusual – even for an auction house.

An antique Chinese carved elephant tusk was typical of the results – selling for $6600 (on a $2000-$4000...

Vendor over the moon at Moonrise price

Emmanuel Phillips Fox work Moonrise sold for $36,600 including buyer’s premium at Leonard Joel’s Fine Art sale on Tuesday September 15.

Damien Hirst’s Souls I, II and IV was another notable result changing hands for $18,300. 



Emeralds and diamonds one buyer's best friend

A Colombian emerald and diamond suite sold for $366,000 including buyer's premium at Leonard Joel’s jewellery auction on Monday September 14.

The 420mm long necklace features 13 clusters set with graduated cut emeralds totalling 51.14 carats surrounded by round, pear and marquise cut diamonds weighing in total 47.33 carats.

The emeralds in the drop earrings weigh 6.13 carats and the diamonds another 4.77 carats while the ring has a 6.94-carat emerald surrounded...

Bradman Test blazer sells for massive price

Don Bradman’s 1936-37 Australian Test blazer from his first series as Australian captain sold by Mossgreen at auction for $122,000 on Monday September 7.

The 1936-37 Ashes series was notable for the fact that Bradman scored successive ducks and Australia lost the first two Tests.

He then scored two double centuries and a single century in the last three Tests to help forge a remarkable Australian win. 

Jewellery rallies auction goers

Auction goers rallied around jewellery items in the $5000 to $15,000 price range at Philips Auctions September jewellery sale on Monday September 7.

Several items conjured plenty of interest including a pair of ruby and diamond earrings (lot 7) that sold for $6600 including buyer’s premium and a solitaire diamond ring (lot 45 - $6000).

Other highlights included a ruby and diamond cluster ring (lot 57 - $5520) and a ruby and diamond line bracelet (lot 125 - $...

Peter Elliott collection achieves more than $7 million

Peter Elliott’s comprehensive collection of fine Australian art, Australian indigenous art, Asian art, tribal art and artefacts, and European decorative arts built over a lifetime of travel realised more than $7 million over three days from Sunday August 30 to Tuesday September 1 through Mossgreen’s efforts in in Sydney.

Hundreds of bidders competed for the items and the fine art section in particular was a standout – realising $4.4 million, $2 million over the...

Auction goers flock to old porcelain collection

Email Philips Auctions at after reading this story and go into the draw for a bottle of Penfolds Bin 707 cabernet sauvignon. Draw ends Friday September 5. 

The late Neil Collister collection – comprising 163 lots of high quality furniture and rare old English porcelain – brought auction goers flocking to Philips Auctions August sale determined to buy items rarely seen on the auction market...

Several artists break auction records

Sotheby’s Sydney June 21 Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design auction reached an expected $1.5 million sale price (including buyers premiums) with strong prices for contemporary works.

A highlight was the collection of leading Australian law firm Minter Ellison that featured an impressive selection of Australian photography and art including works by Adam Cullen, Max Dupain, Bill Henson, Akio Makigawa, Rosemary Laing, Robert MacPherson, Tracey...

Jewellery auction reinforces importance of buyer attendance

Philips Auctions June 22 jewellery auction rendered pleasing results and reinforced the importance of buyers physically attending the sale to make the auction more fun for everyone, according to resident gemmologist Tanya Philips.

“The more people in the room, the greater the air of excitement,” she said.

Excitement certainly drove the bidding for the Patek Philippe golden eclipse wristwatch that brought $8760 on a $3500-$5000 estimate.

Other jewellery...

Sterling silver items popular with auction goers

Sterling silver remained popular at Philips Auctions June 21 sale with bidders almost tripping over themselves to pick up items from a quality collection.

Typical was the set of six Italian silver plates by maker Fratelli Broggi from 1934-1944, that changed hands for $1584 (including buyers premium), and a rare and unusual 85-piece sterling silver and gilt fish and dessert service for 12 from B. Muller & Son, Chester, dated 1904, which brought $6912.



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