Auction Results

St Kilda sporting memorabilia popular with Australian auction goers

Quirky contrasts can be quite stark when it comes to professional football – and none more so than for St Kilda Football Club which, after 124 years as a foundation member of the Victorian Football League which in 1990 became the Australian Football League competition, still has only one premiership to its credit.

Yet, any sporting memorabilia to do with the club is often enormously popular with auction goers – and so it proved at Leski Auctions Sporting Memorabilia...

Russell Drysdale equals his own art auction record

Perhaps some art lovers might have been a little disappointed that a new milestone was not achieved – but at the end of the day Russell Drysdale’s Going to the Pictures, 1941 (lot 12) $2.4 million hammer price did equal the artist’s previous record for one of his works, set in 2017 for Grandma’s Sunday Walk, when Deutscher and Hackett finished its Melbourne sale and final auction for the year on Wednesday November 11.

With all bidding still over the...

Gibson's delighted at its maritime auction result

Gibson’s Auctions is delighted with the results of its Australian, Maritime & Exploration sale on Sunday November 8 when 75 per cent of items sold realising 138 per cent of catalogue estimate value.

Even more telling was the fact that 94 per cent of the late Bob Munro’s maritime collection, which comprised the auction’s first 217 lots, realised 258 per cent of the estimated value – a positive portend for his forthcoming warehouse online auction on Sunday November...

Bugatti furniture to the fore in Melbourne online auction

An elaborate and flamboyantly designed Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) lectern (lot 708) made circa 1880-1895 and exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria was the top selling item ($17,925 including buyer’s premium) at Leski Auctions two-day Melbourne sale on October 31 and November 1.

Constructed from ebonised wood, brass, ivory, pewter, vallum, cord and bone, the lectern was made in his Milan workshop, established in 1888, from where his eccentric designs found a ready market. In the...

Mixed reactions to Melbourne online art auction

While Melbourne’s lengthy Stage 4 lockdown response to the coronavirus pandemic has taken a severe toll on business and residents alike, online decorative arts and art auctions have performed better than expected for many auction houses.

Gibson’s Auctions Australian & International Art auction on October 25 prompted mixed reactions from buyers with 56 per cent of the 224 paintings selling – some above catalogue estimates – and many well-known artists ignored....

Private collections prove popular at online auction

Despite the inability of buyers to physically attend Gibson’s Auctions Melbourne sale on Sunday October 11 due to current coronavirus lockdown restrictions, 82 per cent of the Interiors Private Collections online only offerings were snapped up with a  148 per cent return by value.

The three private collections involved belonged to antiques trade veteran Edward (Ed) Clark Antiques, diamond merchant the late Bjarne Nielsen and Antiques Selection’s Robyn Allen....

Melbourne online decorative arts auction "through the roof"

For some Melbourne-based businesses, COVID-19 is having unexpected impacts – and none more so than in the art and decorative arts auction industry.

While others have been struggling for months with harsh coronavirus lockdown restrictions, auction houses that have been able to  move their sales online have often achieved surprising results.

So it was for Leski Auctions latest two-day sale on September 26 and 27 when the comprehensive eclectic collection of...

Stage 4 lockdown makes stamp auction tough going

The coronavirus pandemic is making life tough for businesses in Australia and twice as hard during Victoria’s Stage 4 lockdown.

The antiques, decorative arts and collectables industry is no exception as Leski Auctions found for online its Stamps, Coins & Postal History two-day auction on August 22 and 23.

Only 59 per cent of the listed 986 lots (or 582) sold – and even the top selling item, a 5d Australia King George V head block of four stamps (lot 128),...

AFL legend Polly Farmer items popular at auction

Items belonging to Aboriginal Australian Rules Football legend the late Graham “Polly” Farmer filled eight of the top 10 spots at Abacus Auctions Melbourne sporting and memorabilia sale on Saturday July 25.

While the top priced item was former Australian Test cricket captain Steve Waugh’s baggy green (lot 141), which changed hands for $14,376 including buyer’s premium, Polly Farmer’s personable collectables came in at second, third, fourth, sixth, seventh, ninth and...

Auction house astounded at results of its online sale

Melbourne-based auction house Gibson’s Auctions cannot believe the result of its latest auction on Sunday July 19 – which involved the personal collection of Australian auction industry doyen Graham Joel.

Because of the current lockdown in Melbourne due to the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, buyers could only bid in one of three ways – absentee, over the phone or online – with no member of the public allowed to enter the auction rooms.  

However, that...

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