Auction Results

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...

Shining lights amid overall good results

Philips Auctions first sale for the year on February 16 has had mixed results with most quality items selling well above expectations while others struggled to reach lower estimates.

Typical of the good results was a 19th century Victorian carved emu egg and silver plated epergne which sold for $2124 (including buyers premium) against an upper estimate of $1500, while an antique European after Carcassi violin changed hands for $4012.

An early 1900s...

Massive diamond sells for healthy hammer price at auction

A massive diamond weighing 4.32 carats and handset in an 18-carat yellow and white gold ring sold for a healthy hammer price of $28,000 at Amanda Addams Auctions February 3 sale.

Similarly, a handmade 18-carat white gold tanzanite and diamond pendant weighing 49.30 carats was knocked down for $24,000.

Both carried respective insurance valuations of $115,700 and $119,500.

Art fared reasonably well with Sir Sidney Nolan’s Shakespeare Sonnet oil on...

Holidaymakers attend New Year auction

Amanda Addams first auction for 2014 on January 6 was significant for the number of people (many of whom were holidaymakers) who simply walked off the street for the first time to attend the sale.

Highlights were an 18-carat yellow gold ring with a 3.97-carat rose old cut diamond, which sold for $11,000, and David Boyd’s The Goddess of Beauty that went under the hammer for $9500.

Another of his paintings Children with White Cockatoo sold for $...

Quality stock attracts buyers to Conroy collection

The quality of the stock combined with the in house setting was more than sufficient to have buyers rushing to E.J Ainger’s disposal of the prestigious Conroy collection in their Toorak home on December 8.

David and Judith Conroy were well known for their close friendship with antiques expert and dealer Bill Johnston, who appointed David executor of his will and trustee of the W.R Johnston Trust. 

When Bill died suddenly in 1986 (aged76) while on a trip to...

White diamonds at a premium in auction sale

White diamonds of premium colour and clarity continue to be in high demand with the notable sale of two pairs of diamond studs (lots 72 and 187), which sold respectively for $58,560 including buyers premium (IBP) and $79,300 IBP at Sotheby’s Australia December 3 Sydney jewellery sale that totalled $1,407,832 IBP.

Both items were supported by Gemological Institute of America (GIA) reports stating their colour and clarity of the highest standards, with lot 72 boasting...

David Boyd painting highest priced auction item

David Boyd’s Children Playing under the Orchard Tree was Amanda Addams Auctions highest priced sale item for its December 2 auction – its last for the year.

The painting sold for a hammer price of $7000 and was followed by Pro Hart’s Blue River for $2600.

Lalique creations figured prominently in the top 12 items for auction with a 1926 Domremy opalescent vase with thistle decorations knocked down for $2000, and a 1937...

Fast paced auction sparks bidding war

Buyers flooded Philips Auctions building for the last decorative arts sale of the year and, perhaps with a view to obtaining appropriate Christmas presents for loved ones, were desperately trying to outbid each other for many of the items on offer.

The auction started apace with vintage camera buffs vying for a 1936 Leica complete with Angenieux Paris lens that sold for $1298 including buyers premium (IBP) against an estimate of $300-$500 and never let up.

An...

Linus Onus auction record

Robyn by Linus Onus and painted a year before the artist’s untimely death in 1996 reached an auction record for the painter at Sotheby’s Australia’s colonial, modern and contemporary Australian art sale in Melbourne on November 26.

The figure of $414,800 including buyers premium (IBP) was more than double the catalogue estimate of $160,000-$180,000 and the painting typical of his works which harmoniously integrated ‘western’ painting styles with Aboriginal...

Antique bronzes bring massive returns

Antique bronze figures brought massive returns at Mossgreen’s two-part Spring Auction Series sale on November 19.

A 15th century Chinese gilt bronze seated Buddha sold for a staggering auction top price of $170,800 including buyers premium (against a $20,000-$30,000 estimate), while a rare and exceptional gilt bronze figure of Mahakala, owned by Sotheby’s Australia founder and former chairman Robert Bleakley, changed hands for $146,400 ($40,000-$60,000...

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