Auction Results

Flying start for Philips Auctions October sale

Philips Auctions October fine and decorative arts sale got off to a flying start with every early lot selling – many well above the catalogue estimates. 

Great examples were the 1870s mahogany “musette” crank organ music box complete with rolls that sold for $1180 on an $800 upper estimate and an 1840s English Regency table clock that changed hands for $5192.

Another strong early result was the fine French spelter figural clock that sold for $2242 on a $...

Mossgreen achieves auction record for historical volumes

Historically important rare books were the highlight of Mossgreen’s first auction in new salerooms in Armadale this last week. 

Comprising 22 volumes of engraved plates, maps, charts and scientific discoveries made on French expeditions of the Pacific from 1826-1829, “Voyage de la corvette l’Astrolabe” by Dumont D’Urville was conservatively estimated at $25,000-35,000 – with the expectation that they would probably fetch a higher price on the day. 

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Amanda Addams Auctions October sale top nine results

Amanda Addams Auctions top nine results at the October 7 sale were encouraging with a William Ricketts sculpture (lot 198) bringing $5000, and a Diamond and Sapphire Pendant (lot 124) $3300.

An Argy Rousseau bowl (lot 119) prompted plenty of bidding and eventually sold for $2250, while an emerald and diamond ring (lot 130) was knocked down for $1700.

There was a great deal of interest in the antique French walnut dumbwaiter (lot 422) that sold for $1550, and...

Diamond wristwatch sale typifies Leonard Joel jewellery auction result

The sale of a superb and precisely crafted lady’s art deco diamond wristwatch with cover typified Leonard Joel's September jewellery auction. Put simply, buyers were out in force for period pieces and branded jewellery.

The watch in question, lot 67, realised $5,124 (IBP) against a low estimate of $2,000. The theme of quality in demand...

Auction intiatives pay dividends

Recent initiatives by Philips Auctions to better service its clientele – including the establishment of a Chinese language version of its website and regular Chinese language newsletters – has paid dividends for the company’s latest auctions, with 220 and 150 registered bidders for the respective September fine and decorative arts and jewellery sales.

More than 200 auction goers viewed the sale on the Saturday before auction and this strong interest certainly showed...

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