Auction Results

Decorative arts sale a healthy sign for the future

Pick of Philips Auctions December decorative arts sale was lot 88 – an exceptional rosewood, ivory and silk Cantonese screen estimated at $20,000-$40,000 – bought by a Chinese purchaser for $72,000 including buyers premium.

The top jewellery item – from the following Monday night auction – also was lot 88 (eight and its multiples are considered lucky numbers in China), bought by the successful bidder for $67,200.

Other jewellery items of note included 1970s cocktail earrings (...

Unknown colonial leads art auction results

Menzies final art auction for 2015 was characterised by sensational results for the almost completely unknown colonial painter, Thomas Balcombe (1810-1861).

The results underscore the enduring interest for early Australian depictions of Aboriginal life.

This included a top price for Lot 61 of $98,182 (including buyer’s premium) for a scene of an Aborigine fishing by torchlight painted in 1853.

The two small paintings and five drawings of variable quality were of equal...

Unique Australian ceramics collection sells for double its anticipated value

Almost all of Marvin Hurnall’s unique collection of Australian pottery sold at auction on November 8 for $967,582 – more than twice the value anticipated by auction house Mossgreen.

The most expensive item was a glazed earthenware figure of a blue winged dragon (lot 214), which sold for $26,840 including buyer’s premium.

Other items of note included a Bendigo Pottery pair of large double handled glazed earthenware urns ($18,300, lot 69), Maude O’Reilly’s kookaburra figure with...

Phar Lap catalogue brings top dollar

The recently unearthed original auctioneer’s copy (dated January 24, 1928) of the Yearling Sale Catalogue in New Zealand for the sale of Australian champion racehorse Phar Lap sold for a staggering $46,360 (including buyers premium) at Mossgreen’s auction on November 2.

A bright red chestnut standing a massive 17.1 hands, Phar Lap (1926-1932) dominated Australian racing of the era, winning 37 of his 51 races (including the 1930 Melbourne Cup) – and being placed second or third in five...

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...


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