Auction Results

Phar Lap's horseshoes bring strong auction price

A pair of horseshoes worn by the legendary Phar Lap sold for $24,400 (including buyer’s premium) at Mossgreen’s April 23 Sporting Memorabilia auction.

Originally belonging to Phar Lap’s strapper Tommy Woodcock, the shoes are mounted in a frame, complete with Woodcock’s photograph, which also carries a letter of authenticity from master farrier Dick Bell.

Another auction highlight was the 1888 Coloured Champion of the World Boxing trophy – a Victorian sterling...

Sterling silver gaining in auction popularity

A growing auction trend towards sterling silver saw 153 keen bidders battle it out for quality items at Philips Auctions late March sale.

Many of these items sold well above catalogue estimates with an 1840 large early Victorian sterling silver salver one of the leading contenders.

Complete with maker Henry Wilkinson’s mark, the salver changed hands for $2880 including buyer’s premium, its richly scrolled foliate border carrying a coat of arms bearing the Latin...

Dame Nellie Melba auction a resounding success

Sotheby’s Australia’s attempts to sell many of the personal owned by Australian opera diva Dame Nellie Melba met with resounding success when more than 400 people registered to bid and the sale achieved a total of $1.99 million including buyer’s premium.

The auction commenced with a rousing start when the first lot, a circa 1905 Belle Epoque diamond and seed pearl hairpin, sold for $26,480 – more than four times the pre-sale estimate.

Melba travelled with...

Mossgreen's first car collectors auction achieves mixed results

Mossgreen’s first auction of Collectors Motor Cars & Automobilia at the Australian Motoring Festival on March 29 received a mixed response from the more than 250 bidders who attended – with many of the cars being passed in.

Designed to appeal to weekend motoring enthusiasts and discerning collectors, the auction realised $1.5 million.

However, much of that was the result of the high-end rare models being sold and the fact that Martin Burger’s highly prized...

Alan Boxer collection brings new indigenous art records

Sale of the Alan Boxer Collection of Indigenous Art in mid-March by Mossgreen resulted in 13 new auction records for the artists involved from a packed and enthusiastic saleroom of bidders.

The sale realised $1,041,380 (190 per cent sold by value and 100 per cent by lot) and artists such as Jeremiah Bonson, Tiger Palpatja, Johnny Mosquito and Harry Tjutjuna were among the record creators.

Mossgreen’s head of Australian and indigenous art D’lan Davidson believes...

Buyers turn out despite Chinese New Year celebrations

Timed as it was at the start of the 2015 Chinese New Year, Philips Auctions was pleasantly surprised at the excellent results achieved for its first sale of the year – given that normally the auction house would expect a strong turnout among Asian buyers whose numbers were reduced due to New Year celebrations.

Almost 340 bidders turned up for the decorative arts and jewellery auctions over two days in late February with respective sale rates by volume of 75 per cent...

Jewellery draws the crowds at Philips Auctions

Perhaps it had something to do with the approaching festive season, but jewellery items were a strong drawcard at Philips Auctions Monday December 8 jewellery auction.

Almost 150 bidders filled the auction room and, at the end of the night, 75 per cent of the items had been sold at more than 130 per cent above reserve.

The signature piece was a stunning art deco diamond double brooch/jabot pin, which sold for $29,730 (including buyers premium) on a catalogue...

Brett Whiteley once more in the spotlight

Brett Whiteley’s Washing the Salt Off II 1984 was hotly contested at Sotheby’s Australia November 25 Sydney Important Australian & International Art auction, changing hands for $976,000 (including buyers premium) on a $800,000- $1,000,000 estimate.

The auction, comprising 72 paintings, reached $5.36 million – 65 per cent by volume and 102 per cent by value.

Seagull over Lavender Bay 1979 by the same artist sold for $732,000 – cementing...

Nellie Melba travelling clock brings strong bidding

After an inconspicuous start to Philips Auctions October sale, there was standing room only for both decorative arts and jewellery auctions on Sunday October 26 and Monday October 27.

Two hundred and thirty seven bidders crowded into the auction room for decorative arts, which resulted in a 75 per cent by volume sale rate, while 100 attended the jewellery sale for a 70 per cent volume sale rate result.

Prices continued to be strong for many of the jewellery...

18th century Italian gilt bureau a great auction result

A 1740s Italian Lacca Povera painted and parcel gilt bureau from Venice was the focus of intense bidding at Sotheby’s Australia October 29 Fine Asian, Australian and European Arts & Design auction – changing hands for an outstanding $67,100 including buyers premium.

The auction totalled $1.06 million – 66 per cent volume and 101 per cent by value.

A striking mould-blown Pairpoint ‘Apple Tree’ reverse painted glass and patinated metal table lamp achieved $24...


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