Auction Results

Global bids prevail in European furniture and art auction

A collection of European furniture and art dating from the Middle Ages attracted competitive global bidding when it went under the hammer on September 14 at Mossgreen.

It is the first time such an important collection has been auctioned in Australia and, when coupled with the Australian indigenous art on offer, sold for $1.74 million (or 164 per cent by value).

Given the success of the international bidders, many of the items are now set to return to Europe....

Silver-plated racing car inkwell brings strong competition

An early art deco German WMF inkwell with a silver-plated pewter racing car as its centrepiece almost tripled its auction estimate at Amanda Addams Auctions September sale when it sold for $3400.

Other good auction results included a pair of antique Cantonese figural and cameo decorated Famille rose ceramic vases that brought $1300 on a  $900-$1200 estimate.

Various items fared well including a rare late 18th century Tibetan bronze Lama Buddha,...

Classic Corvettes bring great auction prices

Eight Classic American Cars from the collection of photographer Neil Fletcher sold out at Mossgreen on September 1.

The eight cars realised a total of $453,474 with highlights including a 1960 Chevrolet Corvette C1 (LHD) which sold for $106,750 (inc. BP) against a pre-sale estimate of $65,000-85,000 and a 1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1 (RHD) which sold for $82,960 (inc. BP) against a pre-sale estimate of $60,000-80,000.

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New Howard Arkley record

Virtual real estate appears to be performing as well as the real thing, with an enormous Howard Arkley painting setting a new auction record for the artist during lively bidding at Bonhams August auction, which reaped total sales of $2.2 million.

A Large House with Fence, 1998, painted the year before Arkley died, wassold to a private collector for $463,600, surpassing the previous artist record, set in 2007, of $401,442 for Family Home, 1988.

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Chinese vessel and jewellery bring satisfying auction results

With more than a dozen new registered bidders and 600 regulars attending Amanda Addams Auctions August sale, many items on offer sold well above estimate.

After auction sales also were solid particularly for Hagenauer items (all of which sold) and jewellery pieces, with the auction house finishing with an overall 82 per cent clearance rate.

The greatest prices (all minus the buyers’ premium of 18.7 per cent) were achieved by a rare Chinese Ching dynasty carved...

Sporting memorabilia a big auction hit

Cricket postcards from the turn of the 20th century and an original poster from cartoonist Weg of Footscray’s 1954 Victorian Football League win were the highlights of Mossgreen’s August sporting memorabilia auction.

The cards, published by Foster of Brighton from about 1900-1910 sold for $7930 (including buyers premium) on an estimate of $1200-$1500, while the Weg poster changed hands for $7320.

Other memorabilia to perform well included an 1888...

Single vendor Aboriginal art auction a resounding success

Philips Auctions July sale was highlighted by a single vendor Aboriginal art collection that resulted in a 113 per cent by value and 95 per cent by volume windfall for the owner.

The collection belonged to the former South Melbourne-based Blue Door Gallery owner Steve Ralph who has now moved to the United Kingdom following his wife Rachael’s new position as head of HR for one of Australia’s largest and most successful consumer law firms.

So successful has...

Whiteley's Gauguin brings strong auction result

Menzies Art Brands was over the moon when Brett Whiteley’s Gauguin, brought back earlier this year from the Chelsea Hotel in New York and seen for the first time in Australia, sold at its July auction in Melbourne for $1,718,182 including buyers’ premium.

The Chelsea Hotel was a cultural magnet and attracted many of the leading artists and musicians of the 1960s – such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, Jackson Pollock, Dylan Thomas – and, of course,...

Strong jewellery result for Amanda Addams July auction

Jewellery was the strong suit in Amanda Addams Auctions July sale with the highlight a pair of 18-carat white gold and diamond stud earrings that sold for $10,500.

Another strong return was the handmade 18-carat white gold tanzanite and diamond ring – knocked down for $5500 – while a white gold aquamarine and diamond ring changed hands for $3000, and a diamond Rubilite pendant for $2800.

At the same time, an Omega Seamaster gents wristwatch fetched a healthy $...

Emily Kngwarrye leads the Mossgreen auction results charge

Part 1 of Mossgreen’s inaugural July auction of Australian Indigenous & Oceanic Art achieved strong and encouraging results with $1,461,682 including BP sold and many new artist records set.

 The sale kicked off with an important collection of early artefacts, which performed strongly. 

Lot 1, a rare ceremonial boomerang club (lil-lil) sold for $19,520 IBP (pre-sale estimate: $7,000-10,000)...

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