Auction Results

Dame Nellie Melba auction a resounding success

Sotheby’s Australia’s attempts to sell many of the personal owned by Australian opera diva Dame Nellie Melba met with resounding success when more than 400 people registered to bid and the sale achieved a total of $1.99 million including buyer’s premium.

The auction commenced with a rousing start when the first lot, a circa 1905 Belle Epoque diamond and seed pearl hairpin, sold for $26,480 – more than four times the pre-sale estimate.

Melba travelled with...

Mossgreen's first car collectors auction achieves mixed results

Mossgreen’s first auction of Collectors Motor Cars & Automobilia at the Australian Motoring Festival on March 29 received a mixed response from the more than 250 bidders who attended – with many of the cars being passed in.

Designed to appeal to weekend motoring enthusiasts and discerning collectors, the auction realised $1.5 million.

However, much of that was the result of the high-end rare models being sold and the fact that Martin Burger’s highly prized...

Alan Boxer collection brings new indigenous art records

Sale of the Alan Boxer Collection of Indigenous Art in mid-March by Mossgreen resulted in 13 new auction records for the artists involved from a packed and enthusiastic saleroom of bidders.

The sale realised $1,041,380 (190 per cent sold by value and 100 per cent by lot) and artists such as Jeremiah Bonson, Tiger Palpatja, Johnny Mosquito and Harry Tjutjuna were among the record creators.

Mossgreen’s head of Australian and indigenous art D’lan Davidson believes...

Buyers turn out despite Chinese New Year celebrations

Timed as it was at the start of the 2015 Chinese New Year, Philips Auctions was pleasantly surprised at the excellent results achieved for its first sale of the year – given that normally the auction house would expect a strong turnout among Asian buyers whose numbers were reduced due to New Year celebrations.

Almost 340 bidders turned up for the decorative arts and jewellery auctions over two days in late February with respective sale rates by volume of 75 per cent...

Jewellery draws the crowds at Philips Auctions

Perhaps it had something to do with the approaching festive season, but jewellery items were a strong drawcard at Philips Auctions Monday December 8 jewellery auction.

Almost 150 bidders filled the auction room and, at the end of the night, 75 per cent of the items had been sold at more than 130 per cent above reserve.

The signature piece was a stunning art deco diamond double brooch/jabot pin, which sold for $29,730 (including buyers premium) on a catalogue...

Brett Whiteley once more in the spotlight

Brett Whiteley’s Washing the Salt Off II 1984 was hotly contested at Sotheby’s Australia November 25 Sydney Important Australian & International Art auction, changing hands for $976,000 (including buyers premium) on a $800,000- $1,000,000 estimate.

The auction, comprising 72 paintings, reached $5.36 million – 65 per cent by volume and 102 per cent by value.

Seagull over Lavender Bay 1979 by the same artist sold for $732,000 – cementing...

Nellie Melba travelling clock brings strong bidding

After an inconspicuous start to Philips Auctions October sale, there was standing room only for both decorative arts and jewellery auctions on Sunday October 26 and Monday October 27.

Two hundred and thirty seven bidders crowded into the auction room for decorative arts, which resulted in a 75 per cent by volume sale rate, while 100 attended the jewellery sale for a 70 per cent volume sale rate result.

Prices continued to be strong for many of the jewellery...

18th century Italian gilt bureau a great auction result

A 1740s Italian Lacca Povera painted and parcel gilt bureau from Venice was the focus of intense bidding at Sotheby’s Australia October 29 Fine Asian, Australian and European Arts & Design auction – changing hands for an outstanding $67,100 including buyers premium.

The auction totalled $1.06 million – 66 per cent volume and 101 per cent by value.

A striking mould-blown Pairpoint ‘Apple Tree’ reverse painted glass and patinated metal table lamp achieved $24...

McCubbin painting auction a major plus

Mossgreen’s saleroom was packed on October 28 with anxious bidders for the highly anticipated auction of Frederick McCubbin’s masterpiece Mrs McCubbin Picking Blossom – never before seen at auction and one of the finest of his paintings still in private hands. 

Painted in 1890, the work represents a defining moment in Australian art history and the price of $1,342,000 (including buyers premium) did not disappoint, as it was one of the highest prices at...

Jean Paul Gaultier designer bonnet charity auction

A Mercedes Benz SL-class bonnet carrying a typical Jean Paul Gaultier design and signed by the international designer sold for $11,500 at Sotheby’s Australia October 29 auction with all the money donated to Brainwave – an organisation supporting those affected by paediatric neurological conditions on children and their families.

Comprising 334 lots, the sale featured an impressive selection of European art, furniture, silver and bronze and rare pieces of Asian art....

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