Auction Results

Asian furniture and Eureopean art auction highlight

Sotheby’s Australia’s July Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design auction achieved a total of $1,264,005 including buyer’s premium, or 68.5% by volume and 129.5% by value.

The impressive collection of carefully selected arts and design comprised of 295 lots of Asian ceramics, furniture and works of art, and a strong selection of Australian & European furniture, silver, paintings and works on paper.

A highlight of the sale was a handsome...

Rolex watch top selling item

An 18-carat gold and diamond Rolex wristwatch “The Oyster Perpetual Datejust” was a top selling item at Amanda Addams Auctions June sale – going under the hammer for $7122 including buyers premium.

Other jewellery items of note included a handmade 18-carat white gold and ruby diamond ring that sold for $3324 and an 18-carat white gold and black diamond ring that brought a similar amount.

Auction goers were particularly keen on a rare Austrian enamel and gilt...

Streeton work has buyers clamouring

Arthur Streeton’s Ariadne more than doubled its lower catalogue estimate of $200,000 at Mossgreen’s multi-vendor art sale on June 24 in Melbourne as bidders in the room and on the phone competed frenetically for the masterpiece.

Knocked down for $500,200 including buyer’s premium, the painting – taking pole position at lot 1 – ensured the auction was off to great start.

Among other highlights, five large oil paintings by Arthur Boyd from the Estate of...

Jewellery items draw big crowd

Jewellery lovers turned out in force for Philips Auctions June auction and hands quickly went to wallets for a diamond floral pendant on a chain – bought by the successful bidder for $45,500.

Many other items were almost as impressive, with a beautiful Cartier “Margot” necklace and bracelet suite changing hands for $11,200 and a solitaire diamond ring for $10,000.

Even an emerald and diamond dress ring attracted plenty of attention – eventually selling above...

New record for Chinese furniture

A new Australian auction record for Chinese furniture was set on June 16 when Mossgreen sold a rare pair of Ming Dynasty Zitan hardwood chairs for $146,400 including Buyer’s Premium.

 The market for Chinese furniture has been increasing significantly internationally and several high results have been achieved in Australia in the last few years.  

This result smashes the previous record set at Mossgreen in 2011 for a pair of Huang-Huali throne chairs,...

Breathing space in short suppply at Philips auction

There was barely breathing space at Philips Auctions May Fine and Decorative Arts sale as hundreds of registered bidders competed strongly all day for the chance to pick up one of more than 550 quality value items.

Auctioneer Tony Philips, who has now presided over three highly successful auctions this year, believes auction goers are recognising that, when estimates are realistic, auctions are great places to obtain good value furniture and collectibles.

“The...

Bonython art and antiques auction one for the ages

The Warren & Bunty Bonython collection sale was astounding following a marathon auction to a packed room in Adelaide on May 4. 

The 889 lots of important oriental textiles, Australian art, Chinese and Asian art, furniture and antiques belonging to this prominent family made a total of $1,404,617 including BP - against a pre-sale estimate of $596,670.

The Bonython family was thrilled with the result for a collection over which members...

Auction tsunami-like in buyer spending spree

Auction goers took Philips Auctions March sale by storm from the moment auctioneer Tony Philips stepped onto the podium.

He no sooner declared Lot 1 – a small 1889 Victorian pocket barometer – available for sale than bidding became frenetic.

What was estimated in the catalogue to bring $40-$50 was knocked down for $500 (or $590 when the buyers premium is included).

And it didn’t stop there. Two lots later, an 1860s Victorian mother-of-pearl and...

Jewellery auction achieves solid results

Princess cut diamond earrings weighing more than five carats each were the highlight of Sotheby’s Australia April 1 jewellery sale, changing hands for $146,400 in an auction that totalled more than $1 million.

It was the first time the company had held an auction at its new premises in 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.

The auction realized 74 per cent by volume and 58 per cent by value and diamonds continued to prove popular with bidders.

A pair of...

Blackman fundraising auction achieves 100 per cent result

The Mossgreen Charles Blackman Fundraising Auction, to help pay for ongoing medical care for the ageing iconic Australian artist, surpassed all expectations on April 1 when all the 395 lots sold – most well above their catalogue estimates.

In all, more than $1 million (more than three times the pre-sale low estimate) was raised to help pay for Charles Blackman’s carers as a packed auction room bid enthusiastically for each Blackman creation from the artist’s private...

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