Auction Results

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.


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...

Work within Ear Shot of auction record

Fiona Hall’s Ear Shot 2002 set an auction record of $23,180 (including buyers premium) for the artist at Mossgreen’s November 10 sale – massively surpassing the previous high of $4800.

Other top results included Tracey Moffatt’s Something More #1 (1989), which sold for $48,800 including BP, and Adam Cullen’s Uncle Roy that changed hands for $31,720.

Australia Post auction a 10-hour marathon

Abbeys Auctions November 9 annual Australia Post sale lasted for almost 10 hours as more than 1000 lots of unclaimed postal items were keenly contested by both online and auction room buyers.

Several of the more unusual items to go under the hammer included a limited edition Les Paul Gothic Series Gibson electric guitar, which sold for $1440 including buyers premium.

A Bear Brick collectible figure displaying a Sex Pistols theme changed hands for $570, while a...

High clearance rate for Amanda Addams Auctions

Following a busy two days viewing and a full house of registered bidders, Amanda Addams Auctions November 4 sale was notable for its high clearance rate of 80 per cent (both auction and after sales) and several jewellery items that changed hands at healthy prices.

An 18-carat gold and tanzanite ring led the charge selling for $3798 including buyers premium, while an 18-carat white gold emerald and diamond ring brought $3324.

A 14-carat yellow gold multi-...


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